Cherokee County, the city of Woodstock and landowners involved in a contentious annexation case will have to wait another month before hearing a judge's order on pending litigation.

At a summary judgment hearing Wednesday, Judge Tony Baker did not give an order on whether the case would move forward, but gave both the plaintiff and the defense 30 days to turn in proposed orders. Sometime after that, he could give an order based on the proposals.

The order will determine whether the court will hear the county's claims against the city, a developer and involved property owners.

In May, Woodstock's city council approved an annexation of 146 acres along Arnold Mill Road, which includes land planned for an Inline Communities 242-home conservation subdivision. Cherokee County filed suit against the city and the property owners in the summer, arguing that the annexation violates state law. Any action based on the annexation, including developing the property, is on hold pending the outcome of the lawsuit.

Shannon is a reporter covering education, city governments, crime, features, religion and other local news. She is a graduate of Young Harris College and currently lives in unincorporated Woodstock.

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