Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia
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Chattahoochee Hills (formerly Chattahoochee Hill Country) is a city in southern Fulton County, Georgia, United States. As of the 2010 census, it had a population of 2,378 living in an area of just over 32,000 acres. It is the incorporated part of a region called "Chattahoochee Hill Country," an area encompassing approximately 60,000 acres (240 km2) southwest of Atlanta, bordered on the northwest side by the Chattahoochee River. Unlike the rest of metro Atlanta, it is still relatively undeveloped, and most of its rural character remains unchanged. The majority of the wider area comprises the west-southwest part of southern Fulton, and smaller adjacent parts of southern Douglas, eastern Carroll, and northern Coweta counties.
The area that is now southwest Fulton was once Campbell County. Historically, much of the southwestern-most region of Fulton was considered to be a "town" called Rico, with other communities, including Goodes, Rivertown, County Line, and Pumpkintown, also within the new city's boundaries.
The idea of the area as "Chattahoochee Hills" is very recent, and grew out of attempts to incorporate all of Fulton County into cities following the 2005 incorporation of Sandy Springs, as well as more local efforts to take control of the local zoning in the multi-county Chattahoochee Hill County area.
During the 2006 session, the Georgia General Assembly passed a law allowing the Fulton section of the area to incorporate as a city (the only type of municipality allowed in Georgia), the purpose being the municipalization of that county, and to allow local residents to have local control of zoning. This has included concentrating development in three planned villages, though the nearby city of Palmetto took one of them for itself, leaving a gerrymander-looking arm of it sticking northwest into the heart of the new city.
On June 19, 2007, residents voted by an 83% to 17% margin to incorporate the 33,000-acre (134 km2) portion within Fulton as the city of Chattahoochee Hill Country in a local referendum. Later annexation could incorporate the portions remaining in other counties.
Chattahoochee Hill Country became a city on December 1, 2007, with the first elected officials taking office a few days later. On September 23, 2008, the city was renamed by an ordinance from Chattahoochee Hill Country to Chattahoochee Hills.
In September 2013, Chattahoochee Hills played host to the inaugural electronic dance music festival TomorrowWorld. The site was chosen due to its resemblance to Boom, a Belgian town which traditionally hosts the Tomorrowland festival it was spun off from.
Just over three years into cityhood, on February 15, 2010, Chattahoochee Hills experienced its first police fatality, when Lt. Michael Vogt was killed by a gunshot wound from a high-powered weapon.
The Fire Department is led by Fire Chief Ronnie Lyle. Three shifts are on duty 24 hours per day. Each shift is composed of a shift lieutenant and two firefighters. The department uses two engines, one tanker and one EMS rescue vehicle to respond to emergency calls.
Serenbe is a New Urban village, located in the semi-rural area within the city limits of Chattahoochee Hills. Serenbe has drawn national attention as an example of New Urbanism in the South. Serenbe is also the home of the HGTV Green Home 2012.
- "Race, Hispanic or Latino, Age, and Housing Occupancy: 2010 Census Redistricting Data (Public Law 94-171) Summary File (QT-PL), Chattahoochee Hills city, Georgia". U.S. Census Bureau, American FactFinder 2. Retrieved October 28, 2011.
- "TomorrowWorld: With The Odds Stacked Against It, the Festival Delivers". Billboard. Retrieved 30 September 2013.
- Chattahoochee Hill Country Becomes a City, Fulton County Government website
- Chattahoochee Hills official website
- Chattahoochee Hills Civic Association
- Chattahoochee Hill Country Conservancy