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City officials continue to receive requests for annexation in to Dawsonville.

On Monday, George and Pam Power petitioned the planning commission to rezone nearly 30 acres near the intersection of Hwys. 9 and 136, the first step in a process to annex their home and cattle farm.

The current county zoning is residential exurban agriculture. Upon approval by the city council, the new zoning would be listed as annexed property.

George Power, the father of city councilman Jason Power, on Tuesday said the family has no intention of building on the property, located at 488 Hwy. 136 East, if it is annexed into the city.

"We are just looking to keep it like it is," he said.

The planning commission voted to recommend approval of the measure, which goes before the city council on Jan. 5 and then again on Feb. 2.

The request comes on the heels of litany annexation requests that have stirred contention between the city and county in recent months.

Those issues appear to be coming to a close, according to Mayor James Grogan, who told council members on Monday that he anticipates a resolution in the matter of several recent annexations challenged by the county's board of commissioners.

"It looks as if the Gold Creek annexations are going to not be a problem at all," he said, referring to three families in the subdivision that filed applications to have their homes annexed into the city limits earlier this year.

He also said he believed the debate over an annexation near Atlanta Motorsports Park, in which the county asked for compensation for roadwork in the area, would also be resolved.

"The only question [is] about the road and how that will be handled. They're going to iron that out Thursday night," Grogan said.

Annexations have sparked much controversy as of late, including last month when then city councilman Chris Gaines filed to have a piece of property he planned to purchase in the Pigeon Creek subdivision annexed into the city.

Saying approval would create "spot annexations," the council voted to deny the measure, which in turn meant Gaines no longer resided in the Dawsonville city limits, a requirement to hold a council seat.

He resigned from the council the following morning.