The Barrow County Board of Commissioners on Tuesday night approved — quite begrudgingly — the proposed annexations of six county parcels that will extend Winder’s city boundaries all of the way to prize commercial property north of Highway 316. But it became crystal clear that while county officials feel they cannot legally stop Winder from crossing the highway to pull in Barrow Crossing, they sure don’t want them to.
Before voting 4-2, with Larry Joe Wilburn and Isaiah Berry against, to approve the initial group of small annexations cutting the city’s needed path to the Gateway property, several commissioners blindsided Winder’s mayor and other city officials with their objections. The annexations approved at the meeting do not yet include that plum commercial area known as the Gateway at University Parkway, but developer Wayne Bartlett told the Barrow Journal on Tuesday that if city officials agree not to require any additional zoning or other regulatory changes for his properties, he would go along with the city’s annexation request.
For the full story, see the Oct. 10 issue of the Barrow Journal.
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