LCA, Briarcliff, Tucker Cityhood – Summit/Team building is necessary

As a future citizen of the proposed New City, I believe that the individuals leading these ventures should start acting like city builders and put aside the divisive behavior that will impede progress.  This should be done before the New City is formed.


I have reached out to a couple of individuals involved in both LCA and Briarcliff City, and have been thwarted regarding combining these movements. I really believe that people should set aside their highly localized agendas, and work as a team to build a better City. 


With that said, the only people who will have a legitimate complaint are the people of Tucker. Including them in the New City will require a change of identity.  Tucker has a long history as a community, and a strong sense of belonging that the rest of us do not have.  Although we do have our neighborhood identities, they do not have the name recognition that Tucker enjoys.


I have outlined a few issues below.  Please add some more in the comments and focus on the positive aspects, and not the divisive ones:

1)      Common goals of all City movements

a.       Having local Police Control

b.      Having local Zoning Control

c.       Having local Park Control

2)      My e-mails with the City Movement Leaderships have indicate that they are flexible with the borders of the city, and are not opposed to changing them.  

3)      None of the city movements want to completely sever ties to DeKalb County.

4)      None of the city movements include establishing new school systems.

a.       While some people find this desirable, they must realize that this would be very complex and would take 5-10 years after cityhood is accomplished.

5)      All of the people that are leading these movements are working for the betterment of the community.  (Even thou they disagree on how.)

6)      All of the city proposals are being designed so that they do not raise taxes.

7)      The actual name of the city is less important than the goals, values and the attitudes of its inhabitants, and while some individuals are tied to the name of the city many are not. 

a.       This may be a good thing to vote on, perhaps even an on-line voting system.

Cheryl Miller July 25, 2013 at 01:25 PM
I can't be spoiled, I'm on the outside of the LCA map, remember? And, I was an honor student in school, so your example doesn't describe me in the least. Anyone who knows me would laugh at the thought of calling me a bully. I seriously don't scare anyone. And, I really do believe that we can work things out if our leaders would be more honest about what they are planning and why. You don't just decide to control zoning out of the blue. Why do they want to control it? Obviously to change some things... give us specifics. If it is a good plan, maybe we will like it and get behind it. But don't lie to our faces and make us attend all these meetings to come up with a generic agenda straight out of the playbook that's been used already. We're smart enough to see what's going on. That's why we are not supporting this whole city movement. It just doesn't seem... legitimate.
Cheryl Miller July 25, 2013 at 01:26 PM
If anything, I would have probably been called a "tattle-tell" in school. I like to follow the rules.
Brett July 25, 2013 at 02:05 PM
"You don't just decide to control zoning out of the blue. Why do they want to control it? Obviously to change some things... give us specifics." I'm not sure why it's obvious to you that the rationale for wanting to control zoning is to "change some things" and saying something is obvious doesn't make it so. Have you considered the possibility that some folks would simply like to have some input into what's happening in their own neighborhood?
Roger Kennedy July 25, 2013 at 02:35 PM
Following up on Brett's post: Most of the newly formed cities have had zoning/code enforcement as one of the services that they desire to manage. It's not to "control" - it's to have input, information, and make rationale decisions about appropriate zoning and code enforcement for an area. Here's a recent example in the Oak Grove area - DeKab commisioners voted 5-1 (with one abstention) to make changes to the Lavista/Oak Groove Road intersection - that will severely impact the merchants in that area. The business owners weren't aware of it until a few days before the vote, they opposed it, but it was still voted upon affirmatively. Other examples are late night clubs that overnight appeared in Embry Hills, Clairmont Road, etc. Look at the Northlake Inn and the Knights Inn that are full of prostitutes and druggies. That's what kind of "control" the community wants some say about. You seem to see a conspiracy around every corner and with the Lakeside group, some scheme to price senior citizens and others out of the community, rezone and put in commercial development throughout the area - and these are just a few of your assertions over the last few months. As others have asked - where's the proof that this is what Lakeside would do? Where have you heard them say this? Substantiate these claims, Cheryl.
Cheryl Miller July 26, 2013 at 07:25 AM
Brett, yes, I am one of those people who would like to have input, but even with asking the right questions, I have received little or nothing in terms of the answers. There are groups who want to control zoning but they are not telling us what their zoning plan might include that would be different than how we are all zoned right now. Who starts a city without any clue on who their leaders are? I can't vote on a city unless I know who wants this "control" and what they plan to do with it.


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