Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Comments can be made online.
DeKalb county wants to know residents' thoughts about the zoning code update. The update "is to implement the policies of the DeKalb County 2015 Comprehensive Plan. Its goal is to create a user-friendly document and to balance greater design standards," the DeKalb County Planning & Sustainability website states. According to the Medlock Area Neighborhood Association, the DeKalb Board of Commissioners will vote on the update on May 28, and it goes into effect August 2013. There is plenty to review about the update on the site, from public drafts to proposed districts and more. You can leave a comment online about the zoning code update.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
Two students are featured in a Youtube video about the scholarships.
Tucker High School's Ramon Wyndell Johnson and Feven Laine are among 26 students recently awarded college scholarship funding from DeKalb county. Johnson and Laine are featured in video about the awards, along with a student from Southwest DeKalb high school. The video is attached to this article. Learn more about the scholarships, which were presented this past on Tuesday by DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis.
Friday, May 17, 2013
A CID is a self-taxing district that uses additional property tax dollars to make transportation and infrastructure improvements.
After working several months on the project, volunteers with the Tucker Community Improvement District (CID) Formation Committee cheered when the DeKalb Board of Commissioners unanimously approved DeKalb’s third CID in the Tucker area. “I can’t express how pleased I am with all of the people who came together to make this possible,” said Honey Van De Kreke, co-manager of the Main Street Tucker Alliance and the Tucker CID Formation Committee. “This is the third CID in DeKalb and to my knowledge the only one formed totally by volunteers.” “After the success of the Tucker LCI and the Tucker Overlay District, there is now a funding mechanism that can improve the area such as accelerating transportation and infrastructure improvement projects…
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
Who are we and what are we looking to preserve?
By a Tucker Citizen The North DeKalb Cityhood movements are going to change Tucker. Whether we incorporate or stay unincorporated, new economic and social forces will change the dynamic of our community in the coming years. A key question that we need to consider as we engage in our own cityhood discussion is, who are we and what are we looking to preserve? This is important for our future and once we have established goals we can then weigh our options for how to proceed. The cityhood debate will continue to focus on costs and the delivery of essential services, however Tucker has something else that must be considered. Tucker has a history and identity that is deserving of preservation. This is truly what is at stake and requires an …
Monday, April 8, 2013
A map of what things could look like down the road.
A Patch reader has put together this map, trying to anticipate the near future in DeKalb and how things may shake out after the dust has settled. Both the new "cities" of Briarcliff / Lakeside and Tucker are shown, as well as the possible (probable?) annexations of Chamblee, Doraville and Decatur to clean up the leftovers.
Tuesday, March 19, 2013
TCA President and Vice-President on what the proposals could mean for our town.
Bruce Penn, President of the Tucker Civic Association, and Beth White Ganga, Vice-President, have released a statement about Lakeside's plans to become a city and the consequences it could have on the Tucker area: Several years ago, the Tucker Civic Association initiated a community-based exploratory group to determine the feasibility of incorporating Tucker into a city. This exploratory group included experts from Georgia Tech. The general findings of the study were that Tucker did not have a sufficient commercial tax base to make cityhood financially feasible without increasing the proposed city limits to include the Northlake area and parts of Brookhaven. The Tucker Community was not willing to "land grab" into other areas, choosing to …
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Proposed city boundary would include much of the commercial district in west Tucker across I-285.
Several hundred residents turned out for the first public meeting of the Lakeside City Alliance on Wednesday night, and the vast majority said they supported a new movement that might lead to the newest municipality in northern DeKalb County as early as fall 2014. When the alliance's head, Northlake resident Mary Kay Woodworth, asked the packed Lakeside High School auditorium whether it supported the exploration of a new city of Lakeside, most of the audience raised their hands. Only a small group said they were opposed to the idea. "Everything we're doing tonight, it's about a starting point," Woodworth said. "We present this to you with an open mind." The alliance announced its existence only a week ago, and Woodworth said the group was …
Sunday, February 3, 2013
A bill introduced by Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver "locks the doors on those neighborhoods ready to take the initiative of trying to find their way out of the abuse."
Sunday, February 3
By Virginia DuPre, resident of unincorporated DeKalb Within the professional circles that work with domestic violence, the definition of emotional abuse includes: making the abused feel crazy, playing mind games on the abused, controlling what the abused does - who they talk to/limiting involvement and access to others, making light of the abuse, not taking the concerns about the abuse seriously, saying the abuse is not happening, shifting responsibility from the abuser to the abused - blaming the abused for the wrongdoing. DeKalb County is guilty of all of the above in its actions toward its citizens. House Bill 22 introduced by Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver of Druid Hills illustrates and exacerbates the problem because it only locks the …
Friday, February 1, 2013
"A fractured county will not lift us out of the economic recession," DeKalb CEO Burrell Ellis said this week.
Friday, February 1
DeKalb County CEO Burrell Ellis said this week recent and ongoing cityhood movements and annexations harm county services, and the state legislature needs to grant the county more oversight over these issues. Continued withdrawls of land from unincorporated DeKalb County into existing or new municipalities also threaten to slow the county's economic recovery, Ellis said Tuesday before a group of county businessmen Tuesday in his 2013 State of the County speech. The speech was given at the Thalia N. Carlos Hellenic Community Center off Clairmont Road. Here is the text of Ellis' thoughts specifically on those two issues: During the past two years, DeKalb County has been forced to take a defensive posture at the Georgia General Assembly. …
Saturday, January 12, 2013
No additional cityhood meeting was scheduled at the end.
After a second meeting about the cityhood process, are we any closer to seeing another municipality sprout out of the ground in northern DeKalb County? It's hard to say. Local leaders offered conflicting views on whether the area might be a good fit for cityhood at Oak Grove United Methodist Church on Tuesday. Former Republican state Rep. Kevin Levitas, District 82, organized the second meeting to include a balance of opinions, pro and con, on the subject. Republican state Rep. Tom Taylor, District 79, and Robert Wittenstein, a former Dunwoody city council candidate, were recruited to represent the positives of cityhood. DeKalb County Commissioner Kathie Gannon, District 6, and Democratic state Rep. Billy Mitchell, District 88, were …