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In just seven days Briarcliff will have its first public meeting (Tues 4/22 at 7pm). This message is a reminder of the event and an opportunity to set expectations for the meeting.
In this meeting we’ll look at what happened in the past legislative session and look at WHY no cities passed and what must change in order to be successful both at the legislative and voter referendum level.
Passing a Voter Referendum:
It is important to note that getting through the legislative session is only half the challenge. Past conflicts between proposed cityhood groups combined with conflicts between proposed cities and existing cities put a strain on the process. It is likely this can be solved, but solved with WHAT? Common sense dictates that getting a city through the legislature that residents can vote on is a hollow victory if the voters don’t ultimately approve the new city.
We want voters to do more than vote “yes” for a new city. We want voters to be enthusiastic about the opportunity for a new city.
Doing it the Right Way:
Now is the time to do cityhood the right way. What is the right way? That’s part of the dialogue we need to have as a community. We’ve got some ideas, but we want to hear from you. What are the themes that hold our community together? What goals do we want to solve? What does the map look like? What is the name of the city?
None of these answers are in stone right now. This is why it is important to take the time to get involved.
You’re Invited: Recap Meeting
Briarcliff United Methodist Church
4105 Briarcliff Rd NE
Tues, 4/22 at 7pm
We look forward to seeing past supporters and volunteers at this recap meeting. We welcome new people and those curious about the cityhood process.
Member of the Executive Board
Resident of Decatur, 30033, Unincorporated DeKalb County