We have added a copy of the January 2014 guide to Georgia’s annexation laws to our Documents page for reference. The report is available free for public download at www.gmanet.com.
Lakeside YES! and City of Briarcliff Initiative Call for Halt to Annexation of Businesses East of Interstate 85
ATLANTA (Oct. 9, 2014) – Today, LakesideYES! and the City of Briarcliff Initiative called for a moratorium on discussions of annexing commercial property located east of Interstate 85 into the new city of Brookhaven. Lakeside YES! and COBI, grassroots advocacy groups for the incorporation of a new city in north-central DeKalb County, propose a western boundary extending to neighboring Brookhaven’s current city limits.
Today’s announcement responds to formal annexations applications filed with the Brookhaven city council earlier this week by parties representing Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Executive Park. The properties referenced in the applications are fronted by North Druid Hills Road.
“We certainly would like to see this area in the proposed city of Lakeside,” said Mary Kay Woodworth, co-chair of LakesideYES! “The CHOA properties have been in our map since 2013, and the Executive Park properties were added in 2014. We urge those businesses that are eager to become part of an incorporated city to wait just a little longer, as Lakeside will soon be up for a referendum.”
On behalf of the City of Briarcliff Initiative, which is actively collaborating with Lakeside Yes in an effort to create a new city in north central DeKalb county, President Allen Venet said “While we respect the right of every property owner to express his or her preferences, we believe strongly that city boundaries should make sense — and jumping over an eight lane highway to take commercial properties without the surrounding people does not make sense. The proposed annexation is unfair to the residents who are left out, and to everyone in our proposed city. We ask the owners, and the new city of Brookhaven, to respect their neighbors by deferring any action until after we have a chance to form our new city. The area at I-85 and North Druid Hills Road has always been included in our map, and we have always considered it and the surrounding residential areas as an important part of our community. We have been meeting with the residents of the area for over a year and would welcome an opportunity to meet with the businesses as well, at their earliest convenience.”
While Brookhaven has several commercial districts to sustain its new tax base, the proposed city of Lakeside needs the North Druid Hills/I-85 commercial corridor to help support services for the proposed new city, Woodworth said.
A proposal for a new city of Lakeside failed in the Georgia legislature in 2014 but is expected to be taken up right away by state lawmakers when they convene this January.
“We have always had a working partnership with council members and the mayor of the city of Brookhaven,” Woodworth remarked. “We believe that they support our efforts to create a new city. For this reason, we ask them to allow us to move forward with our map, which includes the area listed in the petitions, before attempting to annex anything east of the interstate.”
LakesideYes! and the City of Briarcliff Initiative, both cityhood efforts for north-central DeKalb, have been meeting in recent weeks to hammer out a compromise map for lawmakers to consider next year. Each group had separate proposals during the 2014 legislative session.
“One thing both cityhood groups agree on is the need for this area that includes Executive Park and CHOA to be incorporated into Georgia’s next new city,” Woodworth added.
Please visit our survey page and let us know how you feel. Time is running out, and suddenly new annexation plans are coming out of the woodwork.
The LakesideYES and City of Briarcliff leadership conducted a very productive meeting today, moderated by Bill Floyd, DeKalb Municipal Association. Within the next week, we hope to share a collaborative map for our proposed new city, and begin meeting with the community to discuss issues such as public safety, ethics, zoning and land use, greenspace and parks and other cityhood topics. We also look forward to meeting with the leadership of a new city of Tucker and creating a two-city solution for North/Central DeKalb county.
We need to hear from everyone who will be affected by the creation of new cities in north central DeKalb County and to get your opinions. We have put together a brief survey and would appreciate your replies. We need this information by October 15 in order to finalize our border decisions.
Please use this link to our Survey to give us your opinion, and please share this link with your friends and neighbors, on your neighborhood email groups, and encourage your neighborhood and civic associations to share with their membership.
Per request, we have posted copies of the maps posted our Facebook page here as well, and we have include pdf versions when we have them.
Please email us if you have questions or comments.
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The Operations Task Force, created by DeKalb Interim CEO Lee May through an Executive Order in March, held its first meeting on June 5, 2014. The Operations Task Force is empanelled to explore and study (1) the financial, business, zoning and quality of life impact on residents and government operations caused by the creation of new cities and annexations; (2) the effectiveness of the current governance structure of DeKalb County and ethics and transparency in County operations; (3) the equitable distribution of Homestead Option Sales Tax (HOST) proceeds and legacy pension costs between the DeKalb County and it’s cities; and (4) other related matters.
Please click here to view the full meeting schedule.
Ever want to know what HOST is all about? There will be a presentation to the full OTF committee at their meeting this Thursday (rescheduled from Wednesday) 9/4, and the legacy pension funding issues will also be discussed.
6-8 PM at the Maloof Auditorium – We will be there! Please join us
The cityhood movements were summoned to a meeting with Mike Jacobs at the State Capitol this afternoon. The gist of the meeting was that the three cities, Briarcliff, Lakeside, and Tucker, have until November 15 to sign off on maps agreeable to all parties. Barring this, Amy Carter will appoint a committee of five house representatives to settle boundaries by December 31. Whichever maps are approved will be submitted to the Legislature for the 2015 session.
Resources have been offered to assist the cities with their decisions.
Please refer to the official press release at the link below.
Wednesday August 27 6-8 PM at the Maloof Auditorium
Please join us!