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Two LaVista Hills meetings planned this week

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Two LaVista Hills meetings planned this week

LaVista Hills supporters addressed a packed house at Briarcliff United Methodist Church on Aug. 24. Photo by Dan Whisenhunt
A map of the proposed city of LaVista Hills

A map of the proposed city of LaVista Hills

Supporters and opponents of creating a new city of LaVista Hills in DeKalb County will participate in two events this week.

The referendum on the proposed cities of LaVista Hills and Tucker is Nov. 3. If approved by voters, LaVista Hills would have a population of more than 65,000 people. It would be bordered on the north and west sides by I-85 and bisected by I-285.

The LaVista Hills Alliance will host a meeting Monday, Sept. 28, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, located at 3773 Chamblee Tucker Road, Atlanta, Ga. 30341. The meeting will last from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

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“There is enormous enthusiasm in our community for a new city of LaVista Hills,” Mary Kay Woodworth, President of LaVista Hills Alliance, said in a press release. “There is an immense longing in our community for greater control over our local tax dollars so we can see an increase in public safety, road improvements, new parks and control over zoning matters.”

Attendance is expected to be on par with a similar event hosted by the Alliance in August at Briarcliff United Methodist Church in August. More than 400 people attended that meeting.

On Sept. 30, there will be a Legislators’ Forum held at Lakeside High School, located at 3801 Briarcliff Rd., Atlanta, 30345. The event will last from 6:45 p.m. to 8:15 p.m.

DeKalb Strong, a group opposing cityhood, provided the following information about the Sept. 30 event:

There will be a community forum sponsored by State Representatives Michele Henson, Scott Holcomb and Mary Margaret Oliver and State Senator Elena Parent on the LaVista Hills cityhood referendum at Lakeside High School on September 30. LaVista Hills and DeKalb Strong will present the pro and con perspectives on whether to incorporate. The forum will be moderated by Representative Holcomb.

This forum is being held to provide a structured meeting enabling both sides to present their positions to the public, and for the community members to have their questions answered.

Questions will be read by the moderator. They may be submitted in advance to [email protected]