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The History of the City of Sandy Springs, Georgia


  • Source: David Seibert
  • Marker: The History of the City of Sandy Springs, Georgia
  • Location: Sandy Springs Circle at Sandy Springs Place in front of the William Payne House

The History of the City of Sandy Springs, Georgia

Sandy Springs, Georgia, the unincorporated community just north of Atlanta, began a 30-year campaign for incorporation when the City of Atlanta tried to annex the area in the 1970s. The Committee for Sandy Springs formed in 1975 to incorporate Sandy Springs into its own city. The Committee introduced bills into the Georgia General Assembly calling for a referendum on incorporation. Year after year, the bills died in the Georgia House of Representatives. In 2000, the Committee filed suit in federal court. In 2005, the referendum was held, and on June 21, 2005, the residents of Sandy Springs voted 94 percent for incorporation.

The mayor and six council members were elected in November 2005. With a population of more than 85,000 citizens, on December 1, 2005, Sandy Springs incorporated and became the seventh largest city in the State of Georgia. The city encompassed approximately 39 square miles. The city’s boundaries were the City of Atlanta to the south, the City of Roswell and the Chattahoochee River to the north, the DeKalb and Gwinnett County lines to the east, and Cobb County and the Chattahoochee River to the west.