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House cityhood committee plans hearing

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House cityhood committee plans hearing

Closeup of the Georgia State Capitol. Photo by Connor Carey. Source: Wikimedia Commons

Closeup of the Georgia State Capitol. Photo by Connor Carey. Source: Wikimedia Commons

The House Governmental Affairs subcommittee that has the unenviable task of settling disputes over annexation and cityhood in DeKalb County will hold a hearing next week.

House DeKalb County Cityhood Subcommittee will listen to testimony on Dec. 3 from representatives of the Tucker and LaVista Hills cityhood movements. The meeting will be held at the Coverdell Legislative Office Building from 1 pm to 2:30 pm, Room 506, 18 Capitol Square, Atlanta, GA.

“I look forward to hearing from the proponents of the LaVista Hills and Tucker cities, as well as from members of the community who want their voice heard on this subject,” subcommittee Chairman Rep. Buzz Brockway said in a press release. “The members of this subcommittee take this process very seriously, and I feel confident that we will find a solution that will allow these two cityhood proposals to move forward during the next legislative session.”

House Governmental Affairs Committee Chairwoman Amy Carter appointed the committee after LaVista Hills, formerly the separate cityhood movements of Lakeside and Briarcliff, and Tucker couldn’t reach an agreement on a map. The boundaries overlap with LaVista Hills in the Northlake Mall area. Tucker estimates this overlap affects 23,000 people.

Here is our map showing all of the overlapping annexation and cityhood proposals:

The five subcommittee members are:

Rep. Buzz Brockway (R-Lawrenceville), Chair

Rep. Barry Fleming (R-Harlem)

Rep. Mark Hamilton (R-Cumming)

Rep. Howard Mosby (D-Atlanta)

Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver (D-Decatur)

For more information, check out the Annexation/Cityhood guide in the Decaturish Database.