“Tom Taylor and I worked with Rep. Carter, Chair of the House Governmental Affairs Committee, to develop a process for DeKalb County cityhood proponents to follow as we approach next session,” said Jacobs. “Our goal for this process is to encourage all stakeholders to engage in conversations now about cityhood boundary lines and to ensure any remaining disputes are resolved prior to 2015.”
The directions for drawing cityhood proposals are as follows:
Each of the three DeKalb cityhood proponent groups — City of Briarcliff Initiative, Lakeside Yes and Tucker 2015 — will have until Sept. 5 to identify one authorized signatory for a compromise boundary map.
DeKalb cityhood proponents have until Nov. 15 to come to a mutual agreement on city boundary lines and submit the agreed upon map bearing three signatures from the authorized signatories to the committee.
If an agreement cannot be reached by that date, Carter will appoint a panel of five state House members to carry out the task of drawing city boundaries for the proposed cities. The panel’s sole charge will be to produce a boundary map no later than Dec. 31 by majority vote of the panel.
Either the agreed upon map by cityhood proponents or the map drawn by the legislative panel will be the only acceptable version that the committee will consider.
“This process Rep. Jacobs and Rep. Taylor developed gives cityhood proponents in DeKalb County the best chance for successful passage of legislation that will allow new city proposals to go before the voters for consideration,” said Carter. “There is a need to bring order to this process and the directions outlined to the stakeholders today will accomplish just that.”