Georgia House Panel to Take Up Tucker-Lakeside Cityhood Proposal

Some residents in Lakeside, Briarcliff and Tucker want the Georgia Assembly to allow the communities to incorporate. But most efforts have stalled as the session winds down.

Some residents in Lakeside, Briarcliff and Tucker want the Georgia Assembly to allow the communities to incorporate. File|Patch
Some residents in Lakeside, Briarcliff and Tucker want the Georgia Assembly to allow the communities to incorporate. File|Patch

The question of whether Lakeside and Tucker should become cities has ignited debate in DeKalb County, including those residents who want nothing to do with a new city identity for where they live.

"(The cityhood proposal) divides Stone Mountain, and puts it into the city of Tucker, so that we'll now have a Tucker address," Robert Stamper, a Stone Mountain resident, told WGCL TV. "Hurrying through all these things at the last minute in the legislature, then rushing to get to a May 20 vote on it, for the primary, is not right."

His neighbor Thom Deloache agreed, and said he has concerns with what he sees as a lack of transparency as lawmakers vote to decide on whether or not to allow a Tucker-Lakeside cityhood referendum.

"It's being pushed along without a chance for it to not be confusing," said Deloache. "It's unelected folks meeting with elected folks, drawing maps without the input of others."

The Georgia House Governmental Affairs Committee is scheduled to meet at 3:30 p.m. Monday to discuss the cityhood proposal.

The legislative session ends Thursday.

Some residents in Lakeside, Briarcliff, and Tucker want to incorporate. So far, only Lakeside has a bill passed through a chamber of the General Assembly, reports Georgia Pubic Radio. The new city, as called for by Senate Bill 270, would encompass the area just north of Emory University and run well past I-285 to the DeKalb county line.

Briarcliff’s efforts to become a city are dead for this session, reports WABE radio. Lakeside struck a compromise with Tucker, which leaves only Lakeside’s bill still alive for this year, and Tucker having to wait until 2015.

The Tucker/Lakeside deal puts Northlake Mall in Lakeside’s proposed boundaries. The dividing line between the two would-be cities was drawn along Lavista Road, with Lakeside getting the north side of the road, and Tucker claiming the south side, the station reports. 

Click here to see the map of Lakeside as of March 13, 2014.

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Hearing Focuses on Push by Three DeKalb Communities to Become Cities

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How Many People Remember Central DeKalb Pre-285?

As DeKalb Cityhood Drives Heat Up, Decatur Refocuses on Annexation

Rhea A Johnson Jr March 17, 2014 at 09:16 PM
"NEW" map should be ready in about two weeks!!
RandyRand March 17, 2014 at 10:22 PM
And he's back! Rhea, can we get one map that connects every little blighted area by train tracks? We can call it TuckerCliff Junction!
Henry Batten March 18, 2014 at 12:39 AM
Randy (aka George) - do you simply delight in being a mean-spirited ass or did your mother drop you on your head when you were a toddler?
The Scarlet Pimpernel March 18, 2014 at 01:20 AM
He's a fkn joke as a human being, I'm done with that dicktard.
Leslie Griffith March 22, 2014 at 03:26 PM
If everyone ignored and stopped replying to Randy's comments, we could possibly have a real discussion. Randy has a sanctimonious chip on his shoulder. That's his problem. Let it stay that way.


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