COVE Report – March 24, 2015

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March 25, 2015

Blueprint’s Legislation Passes General Assembly!

Key Reforms for DeKalb County were approved yesterday by the Georgia Legislature.
– Independent Internal Auditor
– Stronger and Improved Ethics Legislation
– Consistent Procurement Policies
These reforms came through the hard work and leadership of Victoria Estates residents Pat Killingsworth and Martha Pacini, and others. Thank you and congratulations! Thank you to the Blueprint DeKalb volunteers, Commissioner Kathie Gannon who was the original organizer for this citizen group, Senator Elena Parent and Representative Scott Holcomb who sponsored the legislation, and to all of you who made calls and wrote letters in support!

Contentious Update to LaVista Hills Map

The border between the proposed cities of LaVista Hills and Tucker has been amended, transferring a significant number of neighborhoods from Tucker to LaVista Hills. The Mason Mill neighborhood has been awkwardly divided with only a portion around Thomson Park being included in LaVista Hills. Victoria Estates remains excluded.

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Last year the Georgia Legislature defined a border between LaVista Hills and Tucker to resolve their two initiatives’ disputed areas. At the time both sides agreed to the border and special House Committee Chair, State Rep. Buzz Brockway, stated the line between the two cities was “set in stone.”

Last week, Senator Fran Millar moved that line to capture commercial and residential neighborhoods for LaVista Hills, stating it was due to the wishes of neighborhoods. Rep. Brockway posted a pointed response to Millar’s actions stating that the previous boundary “was to avoid a situation where one city proposal was getting almost everything they wanted and the other was getting very little of what they wanted.” He is now opposed to both the Tucker and LaVista Hills proposals. Buzz Brockway Statement on Revised Maps

Mason Mill Neighborhood Association President Mary Hinkel has expressed concern over the dividing of the neighborhood among municipalities. The last neighborhood poll showed the majority of Mason Mill neighbors preferred to remain in unincorporated DeKalb. The current proposal would add Mason Woods Drive, Thomson Park, the west side of Vistavia Circle, and 1/4 of Mason Mill Rd to LaVista Hills.

Representatives from the Mason Mill Civic Association are working to resolve the matter.

Decaturish Article – Controversial changes to LaVista Hills, Tucker map approved

Atlanta Regional Commission Survey

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How will rapid change, innovation and advanced technology, impact metro Atlanta’s future?
In our last survey, you told us how you would prioritize metro Atlanta’s biggest challenges. In The Region’s Plan Survey, Part 2, we want you to consider the importance of:

driverless cars
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regional transit expansion
equitable expansion of job centers
Only a few days left to tell us what YOU think should be in #TheRegionsPlan for metro Atlanta.

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Cityhood/County Initiative Links

Blueprint DeKalb

Seeking comprehensive solutions as big as our problems. Governmental transparency is a must. Citizens’ voices count.

DeKalb Strong

DeKalb Strong supports a moratorium on city hood and annexation proposals in DeKalb County to give citizens time to participate in a deliberative, comprehensive, and equitable process for improving DeKalb County governance.

LaVista Hills Yes

LakesideYES and the City of Briarcliff Initiative have collaborated to create a one-city solution for our area of North/Central DeKalb County.

Together in Atlanta

Together in Atlanta is a grassroots effort by neighbors who are seeking annexation into the City of Atlanta.

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