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Briarcliff and Lakeside to join forces in cityhood
by Staff Reports
July 08, 2014 10:19 AM | 3783 views | 2 2 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Two DeKalb County cityhood groups, LakesideYes and the City of Briarcliff Initiative delivered a joint statement to the DeKalb County Operational Task Force July 2.

“Both of our groups presented maps during the 2014 session of the Georgia General Assembly,” said Mary Kay Woodworth, chair of LakesideYes. “However, because our current maps overlap, Lakeside and Briarcliff have agreed to collaborate with the goal of creating a unified map free of overlapping areas and respecting existing city borders and future annexation plans. We respect the compromise map between Tucker and Lakeside as the starting point of this collaboration and we respect the inclusive approach of the Briarcliff map. We will continue to work with Lakeside cityhood sponsors, Rep. Jacobs and Sen. Millar, residents and business owners in our community to achieve the goal of local control and governance for this community. We invite the advocates of the city of Tucker to join with us so that we can present two cities with a clear path to cityhood prior to the 2015 session of the general assembly.”

“We are committed to working together because we agree on almost every issue except boundaries, and boundaries can be solved,” said City of Briarcliff Initiative President Allen Venet. “As we refine our map, we are soliciting neighborhood input, and we will work with state, county and local elected representatives of both major parties and with the existing cities of DeKalb County.

“We seek to unite, rather than divide, to improve government operations not just in our region of DeKalb but in the entire county. The residents of unincorporated DeKalb deserve, and with respect we demand, the opportunity to form new cities that will become destinations where business and families can flourish. The time has come for us all to cooperate, north and south, inside the perimeter and outside, city advocates and county officials. We all share DeKalb County and we all know the challenges we face. Cities are an important part of the solution.”

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