The city, which was established after a 55 percent vote to incorporate in July 2012, is the home to about 50,000 residents.
Brookhaven City Manager Marie L. Garrett said the city has made “tremendous progress,” since its establishment.
“It’s great to be a part of a new city from the ground up,” she said.
Mayor J. Max Davis echoed Garrett and talked more extensively about what the city has accomplished in its first year.
“We’ve made a lot of progress for a new city,” he said.
Several of the goals met that Davis said he is most proud of include launching a police department and opening and staffing a municipal court.
“With our own police department providing more officers on the road and quicker response times, Brookhaven residents are safer,” he said.
Maintaining the city with beautification projects was also a main priority for Davis.
“We began repairing sidewalks and potholes and maintaining our 11 different parks,” he said. “We’ll be providing more recreational programming for the city.”
Business has been booming in Brookhaven, too.
“During our first year we’ve issued more than 1,315 business licenses and 2,400 building permits,” Davis said.
Davis, who holds fiscal conservatism as a main priority for the city, said the millage rate was lowered a half mill below the cap and said a $1 million reserve was set aside during 2013.
“We’re Georgia’s newest city and we’re excited about the future,” he said.
Davis said residents can expect to see a transportation plan, park and recreation master plan and a Buford Highway improvement plan in the upcoming year.
“Everyone is helping Brookhaven carry out a vision for future development,” he said. “With each of these plans, as with every step the council has taken, we have operated with the same guiding principle of doing what is best for Brookhaven’s general health and safety.”
Davis said personally, he believes Brookhaven’s best feature is its economic diversity.
“As DeKalb County’s largest city, Brookhaven offers a good mix of residential neighborhoods and commercial development.”
The city will celebrate its birthday tonight with a tree lighting ceremony and time capsule burial at 7 p.m. in Blackburn Park, 3493 Ashford Dunwoody Road NE.
Garrett said the city would not be where it is today without dedication and the need for change.
“Brookhaven has and will continue to make tremendous strides, especially when we look back and consider that we started with just a group of citizens who wanted to make a change,” she said.