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Notes: Community Forum on Proposed City of LaVista Hills

Notes from Beth Nathan via the Civic Association Network

Senate Study Committee on Annexation, De-annexation & Incorporation

From the Office of Sen. Elena Parent:

Hello friends,

This is just to let you know that we have scheduled our last two meetings for the Senate Study Committee on Annexation, De-annexation & Incorporation. The third meeting will be held on October 21st from 2-5 PM in Room 450 of the Capitol, and the fourth/final meeting will be held on November 3rd from 9 AM-12 PM in Room 450 of the Capitol.

More details will be sent in the next week or so as we finalize the agenda for both.

You can also find the committee documents that have been posted online [HERE] and the notes here:[HERE]

PolitiFact: Annexation will not contribute to overcrowding in Decatur schools

Decaturish: PolitiFact Georgia waded into a contentious debate in Decatur regarding how annexation plans will affect the city’s school system. [MORE INFO]


Annexation or not, Decatur schools are overcrowded

PolitiFact: The specter of annexation still floats around DeKalb County, even as voters decide in two months whether to form the cities of LaVista Hills and Tucker.

If approved, the cities would share a border roughly along the eastern edge of I-285. Depending on how those votes go, the decisions could revive Atlanta’s failed effort to annex Druid Hills and a bid for Decatur to take in key commercial areas such as Suburban Plaza and the Kroger shopping center on DeKalb Industrial Way.   [MORE INFO]


Finances questioned for proposed DeKalb city of LaVista Hills

AJC: A study of the proposed city of LaVista Hills’ finances relied on unrealistic tax estimates that overstated its viability, according to a researcher’s analysis.  [MORE INFO]


LaVista Hills supporter, critic respond to report on finances

Decaturish: A report published on Monday raised questions about whether the proposed city of LaVista Hills could run the surplus its supporters claimed.   [MORE INFO]


Senate cityhood and annexation committee will hold first meeting

Decaturish: State Sen. Elena Parent says the first meeting of a senate committee studying the state’s processes for annexations and creating new cities will take place on Monday, Aug. 24 at the state Capitol.

The meeting of the Annexation, Deannexation, and Incorporation Senate Study Committee will begin at 10 a.m. in Room 125. Parent is chairwoman of the committee.  [READ MORE]



Rep. Oliver posts survey asking for input on cityhood, annexation

Link to Survey:


Decaturish Article:

Georgia state Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, D-Decatur, is asking for input on the annexation and cityhood issue.

Rep. Oliver was recently appointed to the House Study Committee on Cityhood, Annexation and De-Annexation.



Lawmakers will reconsider city creation and expansion process

AJC: Georgia lawmakers are getting ready to review how the Legislature should go about approving new cities, annexations and deannexationss. Leaders of both the state Senate and House have appointed legislators to serve on study committees that will meet in the coming months and issue findings by Dec. 1. [READ MORE]



LaVista Hills Alliance will advocate for cityhood this November

Decaturish: A group that describes itself as a “grassroots” organization has formally launched its campaign to incorporate a city of LaVista Hills in DeKalb County.


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