Tucker Cityhood Feasibility Study Underway

The study should be finished before the next legislative session begins.

From a statement by Tucker Together 

Congratulations!!! The Feasibility Study for a proposed City of Tucker is fully funded and well underway with the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State! While work on the study began in early August, we waited for the final contract to make an official announcement.  

All contracts are now signed and Tucker’s study is scheduled to be completed in plenty of time for the upcoming legislative session. Thank you to everyone for their financial support and their commitment to our long-standing Tucker community. 

During recent months, we have hosted several successful fundraising “meet and greets” at local restaurants. Look for those to continue and please join us whenever you can. 

We will also continue to host neighborhood meetings throughout the community to provide accurate information and answer questions about our choices.

With the study underway our focus turns to ensuring that the entire community of Tucker has an opportunity to vote on the proposed City of Tucker and specifically, the proposed map. Our goal is for you to have a voice in any decisions directing the future of Tucker. 

Of course, we must continue to raise funds to support our advocacy in the legislature. Donations can be made below through Pay Pal by clicking here and donations by check can be mailed to Tucker Together, 4426 Hugh Howell Road, Suite B-406, Tucker, GA 30084.

See also:
Tucker Together Morphs Into Tucker 2014
Introducing Tucker 2014
'Tucker Together' Meets Tuesday
DeKalb Delegation Holding Public Cityhood Meeting
Open Letter to the Tucker Community
Tucker, Lakeside Cityhood Discussed
Tucker Together website
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Jane Patla Tanner September 12, 2013 at 02:59 PM
I appreciate all of the hard work and many, many hours of volunteer service that has gone into giving everyone who lives in Tucker the choice to participate in how they would like to move forward. Thanks so much for all of your work.
Cheryl Miller September 12, 2013 at 08:30 PM
Randy Rand, keep telling yourself whatever you need to help you sleep at night. We know your bread is buttered on three sides.
Missy September 13, 2013 at 11:31 AM
First of all, my purpose was NOT to give Randy Rand ANOTHER platform to jump on his soapbox and drone "on and on" about the LCA as he is so wont to do. Second of all, why should I care about Midvale or any of the others inside the LCA map? LCA didn't care about our area, however, our area doesn't want to be a part of the LCA, we want Tucker to stay as it is. That's why we are working to keep it like that! Tucker2014 is the only group right now that is doing so. People think if they just DON'T DO ANYTHING Tucker will be okay, but that is just NOT so. That is why people need to wake up and find out exactly what the heck is going on around them!!
RIP Madiba September 13, 2013 at 12:27 PM
@Missy - The Tucker 2014 map itself changes the very nature of Tucker because it is already hyphenating Tucker-Smoke Rise as it includes a portion of unincorporated Stone Mountain in its map. Seeing that the Tucker 2014 has aligned with the Stone Mountain area of this neck of the woods, I can tell you very wholeheartedly as a 20+ year resident of Tucker that I have never viewed Tucker as going out that far and couldn't even tell you the last time I was out there. Many of the folks west of Fellowship Rd. used to be aligned to Henderson High School and up until a few years ago, many of the Midvale neighborhoods were zoned for Lakeside. So, why is it wrong for folks to align with an area that is more of their natural footprint as other people align with Stone Mountain and like to have Tucker Town Talk called the page for "Tucker-Smoke Rise?" I personally think that a Stone Mountain association does more damage to Tucker than a Lakeside association, but that is just my opinion. So, what is going on in Tucker: Tucker has had portions of the CDP declared a "slum" by some of the self-appointed leadership under the guidance of people like Boyer, our own District BOC rep (Smoke Rise/Stn Mtn Resident) voted YES to have Johns Homestead used for a county animal shelter that is in my backyard and not hers, and not one elected official lives in 30084 with a population of 20K+. Tucker got a Community Improvement District (CID) pushed through the BOC without the input of key businesses in the area and all you have to do is look at who led the charge and where they most vociferous supporters live. So, when I see what the heck is going on around me, I head westward.
Roger Kennedy September 13, 2013 at 12:39 PM
Caroline, good post. Do you care to comment on the push across I-85 to border Doraville?
Roger Kennedy September 13, 2013 at 12:40 PM
Anyone know if Boyer running for re-election? Is this why she isn't paying attention to her constituents in the Midvale area? Doesn't need to?
RIP Madiba September 13, 2013 at 01:02 PM
@Roger -please go ahead if you would like to address I-85. I am sure that Boyer will run for reelection because she doesn't have another job and too many people need her to do their bidding around here.
Roger Kennedy September 13, 2013 at 01:46 PM
For a community that prides themselves with being thoughtful neighbors, the proposed Tucker map disregards the boundaries that they've accused Lakeside of encroaching upon- i.e. highways. They push across I-85 to capture some very desirable and income generating industrial property , and push across I-285 to capture the same on the west side Montreal Rd. They also cross the boundary that they impose upon Lakeside and take in the commercial property (and some residential) on Henderson Mill, Northlake Parkway, Mall and Festival, Briarcliff Village, Lavista and other. Their defense will most likely be that this area (Northlake Festival, Montreal, Briarcliff Village) is 30084 - so it is Tucker. Can't have it both ways, TT and Tucker 2014. The northwest hop across I-85 also encroaches upon Doraville and leaves a sliver that cannot be drawn that way - it's impossible for service delivery access.
RIP Madiba September 13, 2013 at 02:00 PM
Great points, Roger! Northlake Mall is 30345. :)
Roger Kennedy September 13, 2013 at 02:07 PM
Yes - and Briarcliff Village is also 30345. 30084 cuts down the middle of LaVista Road, so Northlake Festival, Best Buy, etc. are 30084.
Missy September 13, 2013 at 04:39 PM
Caroline~ with regard to boundaries, had the LCA been more respectful of Tucker's boundary we may not be having this conversation. Many Tucker residents were completely happy with status quo. But the LCA forced the hand of the Tucker residents to act or be acted on without say. Now that Tucker2014 has reached out to the community, it is finding interest from some bordering areas that don't want to be left out. Plus the additional population and businesses enhance the feasibility of a City of Tucker. If you are dissatisfied with what is happening, thank the fine folks of the LCA that tried to cherrypick the higher income areas and businesses from Tucker. They initiated this process.
RIP Madiba September 13, 2013 at 05:14 PM
@ Missy = LCA reached out to Tucker and the known "self-appointed" leadership who rebuffed them, so from a respectful perspective, LCA proceeded with informational forums and reaching out the communities. There are members of garden clubs in Tucker who kept information to themselves because they did not want to share prospective incorporation with neighbors and shooed LCA away because they were completely happy with the way things are. Unincorporated DeKalb is unincorporated DeKalb and cherrypicking does not apply because all of our tax dollars go into the same pot. Tucker has had to reach out well past any traditional Tucker boundaries to present a feasible case and is "land grabbing" Northlake, out to 85 and everywhere else and I know that there are many residents who have not been asked to be in the Tucker map.
Roger Kennedy September 13, 2013 at 07:43 PM
Missy - what higher income areas and businesses from Tucker? It went nowhere near main street Tucker in its first boundaries, and now the only OTP commercial in their map is Embry Hills and the commercial - not expensive, high end commercial (is there any in this area?)- on Chamblee Tucker and Pleasantdale. I can't figure out what Cheryl Miller - and now you - are calling high end residential in Tucker that LCA has or had in their map.
Roger Kennedy September 13, 2013 at 07:44 PM
Also - the original Lakeside map also included all the crap commercial on Lawrenceville Highway. Something needs to be done about that.
Cheryl Miller September 13, 2013 at 07:47 PM
No one asked to be on any map as far as I can tell. The maps were drawn waaaay before any of us knew about them. And, the legislature gets the final say on how boundaries will end up, so all this bickering over imaginary lines doesn't do anyone any good. The best we can do to oppose the entire process is to write or call our state and county officials and tell them exactly what is going on and support Lee May's call for a two year moratorium on all cities, esp. in light of the fact that our school system will be in deeper trouble if our attention does not remain focused upon restoring good standing with SACS. http://www.facebook.com/SaveTuckerFromLakesideCity
RIP Madiba September 13, 2013 at 07:54 PM
Cheryl - please stop trying to peddle traffic to your site. I know it is not beneath you, but we are trying to discuss facts and you present your classic distraction of "look at the schools!." I beg you to look at the schools and go drive the Tucker Parent Council crazy over the books at THS, the new fleet of cars, the leaky roof at Livsey and the overcrowding at the schools. You are truly not needed on the city forums because it does require some basic knowledge of economics and urban development which you are very openly opposed to at every level of the conversation. This is not about schools but it is about progress for our areas. Change is about 20 years overdue to make improvements to our area. And, since when do you care about accreditation? You have been the most maniacal case out there opposing the value of SACS (a nationally recognized organization with street cred) yet you now want to focus on SACS? Let me call Mark Elgart for you. I am sure he would love to meet you in person.
Roger Kennedy September 13, 2013 at 09:15 PM
Cheryl - Lee May can call for any moratorium that he wants. All of the cityhood initiatives in process now are following the law as now written. Although it's still to be determined if the cityhood bills that were filed without any content or maps are legitimate (Tucker, LaVista Hills? Briarcliff)
RandyRand September 14, 2013 at 02:09 PM
1890's Tucker Speak: Them dern “tuckerites” ruined my golldarn rubbarb patch with their sityhood mapen machine, dagnabbit! 2013 30345 Translated: Shoot, my neighbors and I are still in the Tucker Map! We were hoping that they would have cut us loose.
Cheryl Miller September 14, 2013 at 04:48 PM
Caroline, what site is that? Oh, you mean the Facebook Page called Save Tucker From Lakeside City? Why, have we said or done something there that LCA might not like? Oh, that's right, we tell the truth. www.facebook.com/SaveTuckerFromLakesideCity And, we ban anyone who insults another person as that is bully behavior and it is not tolerated.
Longerthanu September 14, 2013 at 07:08 PM
You mean you ban anyone who disagrees with you.
Cheryl Miller September 14, 2013 at 11:22 PM
LOL! No, that's what the closed group is for. (joking)
J F September 14, 2013 at 11:41 PM
As a resident of Tucker, I was happy with our community being left alone, too. But the first LCA map I saw included all of the areas from lavista to chamblee-tucker on the north and east which does encompass the higher income residents of Tucker. Henderson Park was part of it along with 2 well rated elementary schools. It also included all of the area in and around Northlake Mall not just the area outside of 30084. Personally, I didn't see anything neighborly, informative or friendly about the LCA approach. I saw a group of people trying to grab more property to make their goal more feasible in several ways, but still create a city that eliminated as much of the undesirable areas of Tucker while still using main thoroughfare boundaries. After seeing the condescending, self righteous (and sometimes moronic behavior [randy rand]) on this board I am proud of the people of Tucker for stepping up to the Tucker2014 cause and helping fund the feasibility study. (Especially since someone said a while back there was no way it would happen). Because I certainly have no interest in sharing a community with The sampling of LCA people I see here.
RIP Madiba September 15, 2013 at 07:32 AM
@JF- Tucker is unincorporated DeKalb (and Gwinnett) and sadly never took the steps to solidify an official area. It has not been left alone and if you look at how things have rolled the last decade and change, there are small portions that have improved (portions of revitalized Main St.) and others that have pretty much gone down hill. We have lost a hospital, we have commercial space that cannot be filled on the "Main" drag and you would think between all the associations we have working on that small strip that the "supply and demand" would have a different dynamic. Instead, we have vacancies. One of those 2 well-rated schools is Livsey which is on the perpetual closure list and nothing has been done to either turn it into a charter or get additional insulation after so many community members and parents fought to save it, even though it is a Blue Ribbon school. Then, after such "great" relationships with the school system, Livsey had to go back and fight to not have all the kids sent over to Smoke Rise Elementary in Stone Mountain. See a pattern and how Tucker is treated? The other is Midvale whose feeder pattern has changed in the last 6 years from HMS/LSH to TMS/THS. Schools can't be brought into the cityhood equation because of the chokehold the school system has on things. Either way, Tucker gets no respect because there is no accountably/official leadership and it is in Smoke Rise's best interest to stay aligned to the Tucker cluster as opposed to having its Stone Mountain address send them to Stone Mountain. Now, since the actual location (Tucker, Stone Mtn) seems to be irrelevant to the school system, what makes you think that it is automatic that the feeder pattern would change for the schools when schools are not part of the cityhood discussion? Again, this is a residential discussion. LCA didn't "grab" anything in my opinion and folks are fortunate to have options. Personally, the leadership and organization, not to mention experience, is something that makes LCA better (Levitas was Tucker's representative and had a great amount of support from the community) and I would love to see traditional Tucker have an annexation vote and remain Tucker within a city - similar to Buckhead being in Atlanta. Tucker 2014's map is a land grab and where are the community meetings to have people reach out to them to see if they want to be in the map? Have you seen how far it extends??? Well past any definition of Tucker that I have know in my decades here. On top of that, bringing the community together at TMS and NOT discussing city hood and shutting down LCA just goes to show how people want to control things around here and not care for the residents. This is a residential vote and not a business vote. Yes, many business owners live in Smoke Rise and now they have their Tucker CID where they will pay an additional 3 millage points to get us signage around town. That is not a residential vote and it is time the residents had a vote. The meet and greets, in addition to having the restaurants give a percentage of the sales towards the study brought folks together. But, isn't it ironic that topics were not discussed and the communications stated that there would not be presentations? Again, another emotional play to evoke the sense of community without looking at the fiscal facts. If you and others can vote along the lines of not caring about growth and development for the area, including the value of your home, more power to you. I can't. I have invested too much in my home and my parents' home here and I have a nice family plot already paid for at Floral Hills. Happy that there isn't a county animal shelter in the area that Boyer, my district rep, was pushing. It is this particular Smoke Rise resident, in addition to the others with whom she surrounds herself, who does not have the best interests of Tucker residents at heart.
RandyRand September 15, 2013 at 10:35 AM
Hey JF, Tucker Together made the decision to include your favorite:"condescending, self righteous (and sometimes moronic behavior of [randy rand])" inside it's map too, just so we both could be together! Gotta Love ME Now!
J F September 15, 2013 at 03:13 PM
@Caroline. I agree with a lot of your points. Actually the school system politics are not my major concern since I don't have children. Although a good school system does affect property values and desirability. Looking back had the LCA approached the entire Tucker area or just stayed inside 285, this chain of events would not have happened. Unfortunately we can't go back now. I agree that more discussion is needed. And that will likely happen before the time to vote. Until the feasibility study is complete, this all may be for nothing. I also agree that people should have choices. As a Tucker resident just a stone's throw from the LCA proposed area, I had absolutely no say or vote in their proposed city. Now that Tucker2014 has organized, I do have a vote. Yes I am concerned about property value. That is exactly why I am so against The LCA proposal because I would watch my property value and desirability deteriorate immediately if their proposal was successful. Yes I think the proposed Tucker map does encroach some west of 285. but the difference is those people in the overlap will have another choice. I also agree that most of this is politically motivated by some of the people that have been calling the shots. After meeting some of these people, I am completely unimpressed with their credentials and motives. My hope is that once the city boundaries are decided, we can vote in some actual residents of our own areas with our best interests at heart.
Longerthanu September 15, 2013 at 08:10 PM
If my last comment ever posts, it should read east of I85. Sorry, posts aren't showing up to preview or edit.
Cheryl Miller September 20, 2013 at 05:17 AM
JF and Missy: Good job!
Jerome Masters September 22, 2013 at 11:47 AM
In the words of that famous statesman who after getting millions $$$ said 'Cant, we all get along"
Jerome Masters September 22, 2013 at 11:54 AM
Tucker 1965 -1985 nice area.Tucker 1986-1996 We must have had our head in the sand.Tucker 1997- present I woke up and said what the hell happened ?
Jerome Masters September 22, 2013 at 11:57 AM
If I join Tucker Together 2014 will I get a MINI COOPER so I can make right turns on Main St. without curbing a tire ?


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