COVEReport 2013-12-18

COVEReport – 12-18-13; Briarcliff Press Conference; DeKalb County Delegation Meeting
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DeKalb Delegation Meeting on 2014 agenda – Thursday 7pm
Briarcliff Initiative Meeting – Thursday 7pm

News from Briarcliff Press Conference

Atlanta, GA, December 18, 2013 — Martha Pacini, COVE President

Ron McCauley, COVE Cityhood Committee Chair, and I attended the City of Briarcliff Initiative’s (COBI) press conference announcing the results of their study from the Carl Vinson Institute at UGA.

The press conference was held behind the Chili’s in Toco Hills, a location that was probably chosen because of its inclusion in the Lakeside proposal.    In short, the Carl Vinson (CV) study confirms that the City of Briarcliff would be economically strong, and in fact, the surplus anticipated for the City of Briarcliff is 50% greater than that projected for the City of Lakeside in its study.  The City of Tucker study is expected to be released later this week.

Other points from the press conference:

  • The COBI leadership has been in conversation with Tucker, but neither COBI nor Tucker have had any significant, formal conversations with Lakeside.  COBI is hopeful that the release of these studies will encourage representatives from all three city-hood initiatives and DeKalb County to discuss this and try to resolve the tremendous overlaps.
  • The five services the City of Briarcliff proposes to provide are (1) Police/Public Safety; (2) Planning/Zoning; (3) Parks & Recreation; (4) Permitting; and (5) Potholes (roads & sidewalks).  They call them the 5 P’s.
  • The numbers in the study are conservative and based on 2012 values.
  • COBI believes that the legislature would prefer for citizens of these areas to work out the overlapping boundaries before going to the legislature.

Briarcliff Study
Lakeside Study
North Druid Hills-Briarcliff Patch

 

COBI will be holding an informational meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday at Briarcliff United Methodist Church, 4105 Briarcliff Road, to discuss the study results with the community.
State House members of the DeKalb County Delegation will hold the last and 3rd planned special meetings for public input about the upcoming 2014 legislative session. During this meeting, residents of DeKalb County will have an opportunity to address any concerns they may have about state issues with their General Assembly representatives.  Please join COVE president Martha Pacini at this meeting to help represent Victoria Estates.
Thursday, December 19 from 7 PM to 9 PM:  Brookhaven Municipal Court, 2 Corporate Boulevard, Suite 125, Brookhaven, GA 30329
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