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Carter Files 'City of Lavista Hills' Bill

The Decatur state senator's bill is yet another placeholder bill for another municipality in unincorporated DeKalb County.

Decatur state Sen. Jason Carter filed a bill in the legislature Thursday that would set up a proposed City of Lavista Hills.

The 45-page "placeholder" bill lays out the city's structure in detail except for its boundaries. (A small part of the proposed city would need to be part of Carter's district, however.)

Much of the bill seems to mirror another "placeholder" cityhood bill filed by Dunwoody state Sen. Fran Millar on behalf of the Lakeside City Alliance last month.

It is not clear how Carter's bill would conflict or coordinate with other cityhood bills in the area, including one from Decatur state Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver.

More to come.

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Dill April 05, 2013 at 10:34 PM
How is it Ralph that you live off Midvale Road but feel you can speak for most of the residents of Henderson Road as well? Make up your mind - are you off Midvale aka the Northlake area as you like to call it or are you off Henderson aka the Tucker area that the people I know who live there call it. Please note how I did not say MOST people call it Tucker but clarified it to only the people I know there.
Ralph April 05, 2013 at 11:35 PM
Dill - Don't think you read my comment very closly.
Tom Doolittle April 07, 2013 at 06:18 PM
In almost any city, town or even formalized unincorporated village, civic leadership is principally business leadership--banks and media primarily...and institutional--colleges and academies, hospitals, women's leagues. They are all members of Chambers of Commerce. Particularly true in small cities and towns, well beyond sprawling (amorphous, nameless, heritage-less, ill-defined, sterile) suburban/exurban areas. The extreme version of this is the proverbial "company town" or "mill town", where the primary industry was a philanthropist who's only requirment was for everyone to simply shut their mouths and fall in line. Some say the City of Atlanta never fully emerged from that ethos (see Coca Cola, Cox and King and Spalding--in "white world" anyway). Falling in line here is a bit softer, done via Leadership Networks and the Commerce Club. If you want an example of the development of area leadership, Decatur is a good example. Essentially, never a democratic paradigm. So-called "civic associations" are a suburban construct and are really neighborhood associations whose political contribution only moved beyond picnics and gardening in areas where there was little contact or affiliation with the business (leadership) community. The relationship of neighborhood associations and progress is typically at best irrelevent--at worst, inverse.
Tom Doolittle April 07, 2013 at 06:35 PM
More mess in my view. Needs to start over with an eye on the state's exisiting requirments for comprehenive land use plans by counties. This puts the state/county and local civic initiative in an equal negotiating stance for the purpose of "remapping" the county. You would do this for counties above a certain population where county services have become "city-like" and not "basic". The benefits: (1) A new county map with defined cities across the county with the legislature responsible for the final decision and most importantly, implementation. (2) All cities formed either simulataneously or a planned sequential timeline--with no financial "penalty" for unincorporated residents remaining as the process unfolds. (3) The county and new cities as either "willing" partners or at least with equal negotiating status, with the legislature not favoring one over the other. (4)A complete plan for divestiure of "city services" from the county to individual cities or cities with joint services agreements (mini-counties). This would eliminate the use of "city-lite" services which have been used to form psuedo feel-good cities in name only, cherry-picking low hanging fruit to get cities started and provide the appearance of financial stability.
Georgia April 12, 2013 at 08:52 PM
Carrie, Simon owns the mall, and they don't want to put money into it. DeKalb County isn't helping bring new business into this area. A city can potentially change that. The LCA folks want to fund a feasibility study to determine if a city would work, and make the area better. You call the City of Lakeside an "agenda". What's your beef with it and the folks on it? Members of the LCA and hundreds of the people that have attended meetings and are frustrated with trying to "fix" the County and Northlake are involved in the community and have been for years, making it better - as PTA officers, legislators, community and church leaders, soccer, swim and softball coaches and team parents , neighborhood and school club boosters and leaders, tree planters, master gardeners - the list goes on and on. They have tried to work with and sometimes around the county government to improve the community. How about you? I live on the fringes of the map, and hope that more parts of Tucker will be included. I can't count on DeKalb County, the Tucker CDP and it's self-appointed leaders to improve this area. Kudos to the folks at LCA for stepping up.

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