What was supposed to be an hour and a half public hearing on the proposed cities of LaVista Hills and Tucker went for more than three hours, as a Governmental Affairs subcommittee heard twenty minute presentations from groups promoting the city of Lavista Hills and the City of Tucker in central DeKalb county, followed by extensive public comments from the audience, which filled the hearing room at the Coverdell Legislative Office Building.
The five member subcommittee is tasked with drawing one or more maps of possible cities after groups representing Tucker, Briarcliff and Lakeside failed to reach agreement on city boundaries by a November 15th deadline. Briarcliff and Lakeside decided to simplify things by combining their efforts and proposing the city of LaVista Hills, but controversy still exists, because both proposed cities are claiming territory along I-285 in the Northlake Mall area, and along I-85. You can see the two proposed cities in this map on the Tucker 2015 website.
The quest to form cities in an area that stretches from North Druid Hills Road on the West, I-85 on the North, Gwinnett County on the East and U.S. 78 on the south has gone on for much of the 2013-2014 legislative session, and because a new session will begin in January, the committee’s effort is the last chance to finish the process without starting over completely next year.
The AJC covered the hearing, but I was present and live tweeted the proceedings. I’ve put together a compilation of my and other tweets, which you can see below the fold.