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AJC: Sagamore Hills, North Briarcliff Considering Cityhood

Though no official moves have been made, a local community leader told the newspaper residents in both communities have been inspired by the incorporation of Brookhaven.

Residents in the Sagamore Hills and North Briarcliff communities are exploring cityhood options as new municipalities in northern DeKalb County place more fianancial pressure on residents in unincorporated areas, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported Sunday.

The communities have been inspired by the recent vote to incorporate Brookhaven's 49,000 residents, the newspaper reported. News about Sagamore Hills and North Briarcliff was included in a larger story about the cityhood and annexation movement across northern DeKalb County that's claimed Dunwoody and Brookhaven while Chamblee and Decatur both chase large expansions into unincorporated territory.

From the story:

Nancy Love, a leader of the [Civic Association Network], an umbrella group trying to pull north-central DeKalb civic associations together, said the referendum in July to form Brookhaven, a city with 49,000 residents, has caused its neighbors to start buzzing about their options. She thinks a combination of areas south of I-85, bookended by Northlake Mall on the east and the proposed commercial development near North Druid Hills Road on the west, might make for a natural city.

"There's a lot of confusion as to what would be best," said Love, who lives in the Sagamore Hills area. "There's a substantial number of people who are serious at this point. But they don't feel they are ready to have their names in public discussion."

An AJC graphic also said the Druid Hills community is considering cityhood in addition to Sagamore Hills and North Briarcliff.

Love's organization, the Civic Association Network, represents neighborhood associations from communities including Medlock, Sagamore Hills, North Briarcliff, Dresden East, Lavista Park, Leafmore-Creek Park Hills and Laurel Ridge, totaling roughly 15,000 households. The North Briarcliff Civic Association is the largest in the North Druid Hills-Briarcliff area, however, representing 3,000 households.

Jeff Rader, DeKalb County's commissioner for District 2, told the AJC there was only one way to quell cityhood talk – pass a county budget with no tax increase next year.

"If we can keep the millage rate stable, we'll look like we're doing our part," he said.

EDITOR'S NOTE: The AJC story has not appeared online yet (as far as I can tell). When and if it does, I will link out to it in this story.

What do you think of the idea of forming a new city (or cities) in the North Briarcliff and Sagamore Hills area? Tell us in the comments section below.

Tom Doolittle October 23, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Eric--I'm not sure if you're question is tongue-in-cheek or not. If it isn't, we can include your nature to believe our leaders do things in good faith as one of the issues that will deliver a "yes" vote regarding 100% funding and establish Charter School Commission--and allow the unlimited proliferation of new charter schools (not conversion charters, which convert current schools). The entire intent of the new law is to remove the funding and procedural "caution" to forming independent schools. The only way those schools will inhabit existing school buildings is if the school buildings empty out (that will take years) or empty to a point where a (privatized) charter operation can co-inhabit the traditional schools' buildings. This is once again, just another example of how no-one but the lobbyists and purveyors of this hellish madness have thought ahead and detailed how this will look in our communities. It is precisely the approach that was used to intitiate TSPLOST--and much of the reason that it was rejected--throwing crap against the wall and seeing what sticks. However, in this case, we are led to believe THIS initiative will not cost us a dime, unlike TSPLOST--and it has not been vetted as well in the press, nor is there a dedicated "defense fund" fighting it.
Tom Doolittle November 20, 2012 at 02:24 PM
This didn't take long--http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/dunwoody-push-separate-school-district/nS9fX/ Certainly may sweeten the pot for possible new city votes?
Sally November 20, 2012 at 11:59 PM
If we could get a new school district I'd be thrilled. Especially with the news today about Dekalb County and the accreditation group. It's criminal how this system went from the absolute best in the state to one on the verge of losing accreditation.
Tom Doolittle November 21, 2012 at 12:38 AM
If "new school district" required a new city, would that be the deal-maker for a new city? What other options can you envision to form a new school district? I'm sure there are a few. In fact, I believe the person who is leading the North Dekalb New City inquiry once articulated a route for that.
Robert Young February 08, 2013 at 12:21 AM
Brookhaven has a population of about 49,000 and Dunwoody about 47,000. Both have sufficient density to be a city. Dunwoody's tallest building is 444 ft tall and Brookhaven's tallest is 381 feet tall. On the other hand, areas like central DeKalb are just a bunch of neighborhoods.

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