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Mixed-use centers in the Tucker and Northlake area is planned

A study that will guide the creation of walk-able mixed-use centers in the Tucker and Northlake area is planned for the next three months.

The Tucker-Northlake Community Improvement District, which is made up of businesses that want to improve economic development, announced Monday it selected the Sizemore Group architecture firm to conduct the master planning study.

The first community meeting about the study is scheduled for Jan. 22 at 6 p.m. at the Hampton Inn at 3400 Northlake Parkway NE.


























May 20th Elections – A List of Offices & Candidates

The attached list of offices & candidates was created from the lists web-posted Saturday by the Secretary of State and by DeKalb Voter Registration & Elections.  Candidates qualify with one of those two entities; each creates their own list and selects their own format for that list.  You get candidates emails and websites from the state but mailing addresses and phone numbers from the county. It includes the NBCA area but also extends beyond it.

On this list, you’ll see a lot of offices where only one candidate qualified but anything highlighted in yellow means there is actually a choice to be made between candidates on May 20, in elections including:

  1. non-partisan election (judges, board of education). These offices will appear on all ballots.
  2. special election (sheriff). This office will appear on all ballots.
  3. party-specific primary elections (major parties choose their candidates for the November ballot).  The voter must select which party’s primary election you wish to vote in and will see only the candidates running under that party’s banner.
  4. If there are Yes/No questions on the May 20th ballot, statewide or countywide issues will be on all ballots, while a cityhood question will only be on the ballots of voters within the drawn boundaries of that particular proposed city.

#s 1 and 2 will be complete after the Primary (and maybe a runoff).

#3 candidates continue on to the November ballot AND 3rd party candidates will be added to the list.  Also, there is one non-partisan office that will appear in November as I understand it … a seat on the Soil & Water Commission for DeKalb County.

For the most part, NBCA area voters vote at the Hawthorne or Lakeside precinct, with smaller numbers voting at Henderson Mill and evensmaller numbers (if any) at Briarlake Elem.  This chart gives the districts applicable to each of those precincts:

##PRECINCTCongressGA Senate

GA House
126HENDERSON MILL ELEM064081010704
215HAWTHORNE ELEM064282020601 & 04
216LAKESIDE HIGH064282020604
217BRIARLAKE ELEM064286010701

Link: Candidates qualifying to appear on central DeKalb ballots, May 20, 2014


2014 Entry Beautification Grants


Your NBCA is excited to continue to sponsor a fantastic program for 2014 to keep our neighborhoods blooming! It’s a beautification project, and it’s open to established garden clubs or well-organized ad hoc groups.

Here’s the deal: Apply for one of three matching grants of up to $500 each. These will combine with funds raised by your organization to help pay for ‘entry-area’ landscaping at three sites in our neighborhoods. There are approximately 16 locations that qualify as entry-area (intersecting streets leading into neighborhoods, allowing access into and out of our community. Qualifying side streets feed into Briarcliff or Shallowford Roads.

Details and the application are in the application file linked below. Deadline for submission for 2014 is August 31st.

Applicants are expected to contribute at least the maximum funds of each grant ($500), and must submit a design and plan for review. Get more information by calling Michael Gross at 404-636-7887 or

When Neighbors get together and take leadership roles things start to happen that benefit us all.

Click here to download the NBCA 2014 Entry Landscaping Grant Application

Cityhood Proposals: Essential Reference Materials

The North Briarcliff Civic Association
(NBCA) Position on Cityhood: At thistime, the NBCA is neutral about possible inclusion in a city. The NBCA has not contributed to any
cityhood initiative or group. Our priority is to educate you about the
issues. When more information is available, the NBCA might decide to take a
position. Before any referendum, we will sponsor a public meeting to discuss
that specific city, its feasibility, and potential costs and benefits.

NBCA offers the following information to help residents follow the cityhood
happenings the 2014 Georgia legislative session.

In addition, please see our Municipal Options section of the website as well.


  LEGISLATORS to be aware of:

  • DEKALB DELEGATION (all state representatives & senators who represent any part of DeKalb).  More contact info available in DeKalb Delegation document.  Identify your own Representative and Senator at; they may have weekly (during the session) e-newsletters on what is happening at the Capitol (all topics) that you can sign up for.

DeKalb Representatives:   Dar’shun Kendrick (D-Lithonia),   Pat Gardner (D-Atlanta),   Mike Jacobs (R-Atlanta),   Scott Holcomb (D-Atlanta),   Stacey Abrams (D-Atlanta),   Karla Drenner (D-Avondale Estates),   Billy Mitchell (D-Stone Mountain),   Simone Bell (D-Atlanta),   Tom Taylor (R-Dunwoody),   Mary Margaret Oliver (D-Decatur),   Stephanie Stuckey Benfield (D-Atlanta),   Michele Henson (D-Stone Mountain),   Ernest “Coach” Williams (D-Avondale Estates),   Howard Mosby (D-Atlanta),   Pam Stephenson (D-Atlanta),   Rahn Mayo (D-Decatur),   Dee Dawkins-Haigler (D-Lithonia). DeKalb Senators:  Ron Ramsey (D-Decatur), Emanuel Jones (D-Decatur), Fran Millar (R-Atlanta), Steve Henson (D-Tucker), Jason Carter (D-Decatur), Gail Davenport (D-Jonesboro), Gloria Butler (D-Stone Mountain).

  CITYHOOD LEGISLATION (involving NBCA area) SUPPORT ORGANIZATIONS (listed alphabetically):



  • HB 665. DeKalb County; incorporate a new municipality. Oliver 82nd. [Briarcliff/Druid Hills]
  • HB 677. DeKalb County; incorporate a new municipality. Mitchell 88th, Henson 86th, Williams 87th. [Tucker]
  • HB 687. DeKalb County; incorporate a new municipality. Stephenson 90th, Mosby 83rd, Dawkins-Haigler 91st, Kendrick 93rd, Henson 86th, Drenner 85th. [<no name>]
  • SB 270. Lakeside, City of; DeKalb County; incorporate. Millar 40th. [Lakeside]
  • SB 275. Lavista Hills, City of; DeKalb County; incorporate. Carter 42nd. [LaVista Hills]

GETTING TO the CAPITOL: Driving directions:  Take I-75/85 South to Exit 248A (Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive).  Bear right onto Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive.  The Capitol will be on the left.  Public parking (fees vary) is available in several locations surrounding the Capitol; the best possibilities during the legislative session are:

  • Steve Polk Plaza Parking on Jesse Hill Jr St (formerly Butler St).  Warmest & driest route from here to the Capitol may be: Park on 3rd-5th levels near elevator/stairs (SW corner of deck); ride/climb to the 5th level; cross the bridge to the Butler lot; take an immediate right to another elevator/stairs; ride/descend to the 3rd/bridge level; cross over Hill St into the Twin Towers state office building; bear left, exit the south doors and cross to the Capitol.
  • Underground Parking: A parking garage located on the north side of Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, two blocks west of the Capitol

Two MARTA stations within easy walking distance of the Capitol:

  • Georgia State:  Exit to Piedmont Ave.
  • Underground Atlanta: Walk thru Underground, exiting toward the intersection of MLK/Courtland, at Steve Polk Plaza where the Coke museum used to stand.