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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.

LEGISLATIVE WEBSITES to be aware of:

  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 http://mvp.sos.state.ga.us/; 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):

 



  BILLS YOU MAY WANT TO FOLLOW:

  • 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.
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The North Briarcliff Civic Association (NBCA) Position on Cityhood

At this time, 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.  

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Cityhood – as the legislature gets started

Please Note: The NBCA is neutral in this discussion

In addition, please see our Municipal Options section of the website as well.
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[from the Civic Association Network eList]: The DeKalb Senate and House Delegation will hold a hearing on Jan. 9th at 10 am in Room 606 of the Coverdell Legislative Office Building. At this time, delegation members will hear from proposed cities.

FYI:  The Coverdell Legislative Office Building (aka CLOB) address is 18 Capitol Square SW, Atlanta 30334 which is just across Mitchell Street from the State Capitol. 

NBCA offers the following information to help residents follow the cityhood happenings the 2014 Georgia legislative session.  This info (and more as needed) will also be posted on the NBCA website,

https://www.northbriarcliff.org

GETTING TO the CAPITOL:

[from http://www.libs.uga.edu/capitolmuseum/about/directions.html]:

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 is available in several locations surrounding the Capitol. Fees vary, but are generally less than ten dollars for the entire day. Certain lots may be closed due to the Legislative session.  The following lots are always open to the public if spaces are available:

  • Steve Polk Plaza Parking
  • A surface lot located on the north side of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, a block west of 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.

LEGISLATURE WEBSITES to be aware of:

LEGISLATORS to be aware of:

  • DEKALB DELEGATION (all state representatives & senators who represent any part of 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)

Senators:

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

BILLS YOU MAY WANT TO FOLLOW:

  • HB 665. DeKalb County; incorporate a new municipality. Oliver 82nd. [create new city of Briarcliff/Druid Hills]
  • HB 677. DeKalb County; incorporate a new municipality. Mitchell 88th, Henson 86th, Williams 87th. [create a new city of Tucker]
  • HB 687. DeKalb County; incorporate a new municipality. Stephenson 90th, Mosby 83rd, Dawkins-Haigler 91st, Kendrick 93rd, Henson 86th, Drenner 85th. [create new city of ??]
  • SB 270. Lakeside, City of; DeKalb County; incorporate. Millar 40th. [create city of Lakeside]
  • SB 275. Lavista Hills, City of; DeKalb County; incorporate. Carter 42nd. [create new city of LaVista Hills]

 

https://www.northbriarcliff.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/01/Hearing-on-Jan-9th-2014Session.pdf

 

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Chamblee Annexation Discussed

http://brookhaven.patch.com/articles/chamblee-annexation-discussed-at-dekalb-cityhood-meeting

 

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Municipal Options

The North Briarcliff Civic Association (NBCA) Position on Cityhood

At this time, the NCA 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.

MUNICIPAL OPTIONS for the NBCA Area

Two different concepts for a potential new city, both of which would include the NBCA area, are being developed by the following organizations:

Lakeside City Alliance, Inc. (incorporated 2/6/2013): http://www.lakesidealliance.org/
City of Briarcliff Initiative, Inc. (incorporated 5/23/2013): http://www.briarcliffga.org/

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There is also an organized movement to explore a City of Tucker; their proposed map DOES NOT include the NBCA area.
More info:  http://tuckertogether.com/ ; http://cityoftuckerinitiative.blogspot.com/

2013 LEGISLATIVE SESSION OUTCOMES

Click here for a list of bills introduced in the 2013 state legislative session which ended March 28 that may be of interest to anyone following cityhood proposals.  Names of sponsoring legislators & their district numbers are included.  Placeholder bills to create a new city will be fundraising during the summer to fund feasibility studies which should appear in the fall of 2013, allowing the legislation to be debated during the 2014 legislative session (January-March).

 

FEB 19 TOWN HALL Sponsored by NBCA

North Briarcliff Civic Association (NBCA) held a meeting for its members with DECA-area residents invited as guests, Feb 19, 2013, on the question “Should this part of DeKalb County consider cityhood or not?”  Approximately 170-180 people participated in this meeting at Shallowford Presbyterian Church.  Throughout the process, we strove to maintain neutrality and learn what folks were thinking, without trying to influence them.

Context:  At the time of the meeting, there had been talk of introducing placeholder new-cityhood legislation during the current session and more than one potential map was in circulation.

In advance of the meeting, and given as a hand-out at the meeting, was an FAQ document on cityhoods.  (Click Here)

 

The meeting started with brief introductions to structures and processes involved in various proposed cityhoods:

  • County Commissioner Jeff Rader spoke briefly about the structures and interrelationships of Georgia counties and cities and how a City of DeKalb proposal would function.
  • Former State Representative Elena Parent spoke about her direct experiences with both the Brookhaven cityhood movement and the movement to annex the DECA area to Chamblee and the legislative and voting processes involved in both new cityhoods and annexations.

The meeting broke into “small groups” with facilitators (mainly NBCA board members) to discuss the following suggested questions with respect for every opinion.

  • Are there good reasons to consider cityhood for our neighborhoods or not?  What are the Pros and Cons?
  • If a city were to be formed, where would you picture the best boundaries for an area that represents a community of common interest, likely to be able to work together, that includes your neighborhood?  What factors go into that selection?  What impact would incorporating these boundaries have on the economic and social quality of life of all the residents?

The whole meeting came back together and brief summaries of the discussions were presented and a few questions, arising in the group discussions, were answered.

All participants were asked to fill out a Survey on their opinions at the end of the meeting.  A total of 71 surveys were received and tabulated, including eight that were deposited in the collection box prior to the Small Group discussion sessions. The tabulated results of those surveys are available here.  (Click Here)

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