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Atlanta Annexation Bill Moves Forward

This map accompanied House Bill 586 but boundaries will be adjusted in coming days.

This map accompanied House Bill 586 but boundaries will be adjusted in coming days.

House Bill 586 and an accompanying map have been released. The bill, sponsored by State Representative Pat Gardner (D), Atlanta, was applauded by the pro-annexation group Together in Atlanta.

“The map contains discrepancies that have to be fixed.  But I am very happy the legislature is working hard to allow us this referendum on annexation,” said TIA co-chair Anne Wallace.

The map overlaps with that of the proposed city of LaVista Hills, a conflict that must be resolved according to State Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver (D), Decatur.

“I want to thank Representative Gardner for taking the first step toward allowing the residents of Druid Hills a referendum on the Atlanta annexation issue,” said DHCA president Justin Critz. “I hope that our other legislators recognize that this is the question that our residents are asking to be heard on and that they move this legislation forward accordingly.”

HB 586 must be approved by the Atlanta legislative delegation before going to the Georgia house.

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12 Comments
  1. John Frost Murlin #

    Congratulations to LaVista Hills! Low taxes, accountable government, and home rule. In the next 3 years there will be a push for an independent school system in LaVista Hills. I would hope by the success of LaVista Hills that Druid Hills could be annexed in the not too distant future. Atlanta offers high property and sales taxes, corruption, and bottom of the barrel schools.
    John Frost Murlin
    1404 Emory Road
    678-907-1907

    03/20/2015
  2. Anne Wallace #

    Mr. Murlin,

    1. The school districts included in the Together In Atlanta map are Fernbank ES and Briar Vista ES.
    2. The residential and commercial area surrounding Toco Hills have been removed from our map at the request of those neighborhoods, mostly because of their religious affiliation and our respect for their right to choose.
    3. The intersection of Clairmont and North Decatur Road has not been decided.
    4. Druid Hills never anticipated becoming an independent city.
    5. New cities all have lofty goals, but no verifiable data.

    We hope to provide information and education over the next several months to change your opinion of what Atlanta looks like in 2015 and going forward. Thank you for being engaged.

    03/13/2015
    • Lee Artiste #

      No, the school districts included in the TIA map are not only Fernbank ES and Briar Vista ES. This map clearly divides the Laurel Ridge ES attendance zone.

      From its creation, TIA stated repeatedly, “communities are built around schools” and that they want to “preserve their elementary school zones within the same local governmental jurisdiction”.

      This map clearly goes against those stated goals and exposes the lie.

      It may be by coincidence that those in the Laurel Ridge ES district are some of the loudest voices against TIA, but it is clear that TIA intends to split up students and families that call Laurel Ridge ES home.

      03/15/2015
      • ANNE H. WALLACE #

        Lee, The Medlock area has been added because of their request to their State Legislators. TIA has not made changes to their original map.

        03/15/2015
      • Lee Artiste #

        Less than half of it’s households responded to a second MANA survey regarding Atlanta. The first survey not only had more respondents and Atlanta was overwhelmingly the least favorite option.

        Also, to believe that TIA stood by innocently as the LRES school district was split up is to suspend belief itself. If their original intent is to be believed, the entire LRES attendance zone would be included.

        But splitting up school communities has never really been a true concern for that group. As evidenced by this map with has exposed their lies.

        03/15/2015
      • Lee Artiste #

        * excuse typos (no edit feature)

        03/15/2015
      • ANNE H. WALLACE #

        Lee, Some of your numbers are not accurate. This information is available on the MANA website if you wish to validate: The first survey offered Decatur as an option, but when Decatur turned down any possibility of annexing Medlock, the second survey focused on realistic options.

        The Medlock Area Neighborhood Association [MANA] conducted two surveys regarding cityhood and annexation (October 2014 and January 2015). In October, ~1400 surveys were distributed door to door; 438 were completed, meaning that ~28.5% of targeted households participated. Results indicated first preference for joining Decatur, remaining in unincorporated DeKalb a distant second, and annexing into Atlanta last.

        The second survey focused on neighborhood interest in Atlanta annexation. Again, the surveys were distributed door to door and available online. This time, 564 addresses were validated (42.6% of households) and 71% of respondents supported being added to the Atlanta annexation map.

        Therefore, MANA has contacted our state representatives and asked to be included in any Atlanta annexation map that is considered during the 2015 session. If a referendum is approved, our neighborhood will have the opportunity to vote yes or no on Atlanta annexation.

        For more information, please visit http://www.medlockpark.org/search?updated-max=2015-02-03T21:59:00-05:00&max-results=7

        03/16/2015
      • Lee Artiste #

        The fact remains: TIA is splitting up school communities. They are only taking half of the Medlock neighborhood and splitting up the LRES attendance zone. The are doing something that they explicitly said they are against and would not do.

        That is fact regardless of anything else you add regarding the map.

        03/16/2015
  3. John Frost Murlin #

    The new Atlanta annexation map, as drawn and submitted by Mary Margaret Oliver, will never happen. It is a last gasp effort by a democrat to put Druid Hills in Atlanta. The Republican House has already passed the LaVista Hills Map which includes the northern part of the LaVista Hills School district which is already included in Lavista Hills. Atlanta has already given up on Tocco hills which they wanted earlier. As I have said before the Democrats have no political pull in Georgia – you have to have Republican support.

    I also find it interesting that Mary Margaret Oliver has given Decatur almost everything it wants, namely Clairmont and North Decatur Road, as well as, Suburban Plaza. The leftovers that Druids Hills has would never support an independent city because all the important commercial areas are gone to Lavista Hills and Decatur. Druid Hills really missed the mark when it did not fully support being included in Lavista Hills which has the goal of low taxes,as well as, accountable and efficient government. Atlanta offers high property and sales taxes, wasteful government, and bad schools.

    Respectfully yours,

    John Frost Murlin
    1404 Emory Road
    Atlanta, Georgia 30306
    678-907-1907

    03/13/2015
    • david #

      and therefore we should…….? Just sit tight? OK.

      03/14/2015
    • Nancy Merles #

      John, your faulty analysis assumes there is support for a Lavista Hills city. The rules were continually waived for the formation of LVH… they did not have to prove popular support, did not have to confirm boundaries, and consequently they have no accurate feasibility study. They had to reach up to Republican Tom Taylor in Dunwoody (even though he doesn’t represent one person in the affected area) to sponsor a bill because no other representative would initially sponsor a new city bill. The process has been manipulated up to this point, but should the referendum happen, you will find a strong response to keep unincorporated Dekalb from being coerced into having another layer of bureaucracy. The fear being spread by TIA will dissipate when residents realize the emperor has no clothes. So, I guess the status quo wins.

      03/15/2015
      • I think the status quo is pretty reasonable as well. It buys us time to see how all this hashes out.

        I am perhaps slightly tilting toward Atlanta, but recognize a certain degree of risk there too. My biggest fear right now is what will happen if some these neophyte pseudo-cities become a reality? La Vista seems like a stretch to me, but the county already lost for sure the Executive Park Parcel, and has a good chance of seeing Tucker incorporate this year too. I am worried about how this may increase our property taxes, to offset these losses.

        It is not inconceivable that the taxes in City of Atlanta could be less than those in the unincorporated part of Druid Hills in say 3-5 years. We will see.

        03/15/2015

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