Georgia Law Review, Vol. 2, No. 1 (Fall 1967), pp. 35-81


The time has come to think seriously and in detail about municipal annexation. The effort here, then, represents a return to basics. The justification for it rests on the point that Georgia does indeed possess a rich history in annexation law. What of this history? How has it dictated the law's development? What are the methods of annexation presently available to municipalities in Georgia? Upon what authority are these methods bottomed, and what are the possible limitation upon their effectiveness? Is the point at which the law has now arrived the culmination of evolving a deliberate concept or simply the result of haphazard proposals and determinations? Does this point indicate possible guides for the future, or must the effort for improvement begin by first achieving a clean slate? Only by seeking to answer these questions, as unglamorous as they may appear, can efforts for the future, no matter how dynamic they may seem, be determined and evaluated. Thus the hope here is to provide a sound point of departure.