Three groups have proposed creating new cities in east DeKalb County covering a roughly triangular area with the Stone Mountain Freeway and North Druid Hills Road as the base, I-85 as the left leg, and the Gwinnett County border as the right leg. The proposed cities have different boundaries, as you can see on the map.
If you remember Venn Diagrams, you can see all three of the proposed new cities claim the area west of I-285 at LaVista Road as their own. This area, of course, contains Northlake Mall and its associated office space, and would provide much of the commercial tax base each city would need in order to be viable.
The first step in becoming a city is conducting a feasibility study. Lakeside backers released a its Feasability Study, conducted by the Carl Vinson Institute at UGA shortly before Thanksgiving, saying that the proposed 63,000 resident city would be financially sound and that no new property taxes would be needed to fund it.
The group proposing the city of Briarcliff announced this morning that they too have gotten their feasibility study back from the Vinson Institute, and are planning on a presser Tuesday the 17th at 2 PM to release it. They have also scheduled a public meeting to review the results on Thursday the 19th at 7 PM. The meeting will be held at Briarcliff United Methodist Church, 4105 Briarcliff Road NE. In their announcement, they claim the Vinson Institute found the Briarcliff plan was the most feasible of the three plans.
As for the proposed city of Tucker, a feasibility study was begun in August by the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University, and is yet to be released, although backers claim it will be done in time for consideration by the legislature in 2014.
When the dust settles, will DeKalb end up with one, two, or three new cities? The answer to that question may depend on how that intersecting area along I-285 near Northlake Mall in the Venn diagram ends up being divided.