Laurel Ridge Shamrock wants to stay in DeKalb

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt December 2, 2014
Atlanta City Councilman Alex Wan and Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education Member Matt Westmoreland speak during a meeting on annexation hosted by the Laurel Ridge Shamrock Civic Association. File Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Atlanta City Councilman Alex Wan and Atlanta Public Schools Board of Education Member Matt Westmoreland speak during a meeting on annexation hosted by the Laurel Ridge Shamrock Civic Association. File Photo by Dan Whisenhunt

Residents represented by the Laurel Ridge Shamrock Civic Association who responded to a survey about cityhood and annexation would prefer to remain in unincorporated DeKalb County.

Currently Laurel Ridge is in the proposed map for a city of LaVista Hills. Some of their neighbors in the Druid Hills neighborhood, under the auspices of Together in Atlanta, are looking to move into Atlanta. If that happens, it would include Druid Hills High along with Briar Vista and Fernbank Elementary Schools. That would remove the high school that’s the last stop on the public education train for students in Druid Hills Middle and Laurel Ridge Elementary, both of which are in the Laurel Ridge Shamrock neighborhood. Schools in Avondale Estates also feed into Druid Hills High.

According to the results, 217 out of 805 households responded to the survey. The survey concluded that:

– 71 percent would prefer to remain in unincorporated DeKalb County

– 83 percent want a one-year moratorium on cityhood and annexation

– 64 percent want the Druid Hills cluster of schools to remain together

– 50 percent would prefer to join a new city while 20 percent would want to join Atlanta.

Here is the full breakdown of the community survey, provided by the Laurel Ridge Shamrock Civic Association.

Community Survey Data Analysis

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  • RAJ

    This neighborhood will stay in the LaVista Hill map per the powers that be; probably because of the proximity of North DeKalb Mall commercial property. Important to note that that only 155 people of 805 in the neighborhood say they want to stay in unincorporated DeKalb. Sir Hobbs and I would like to ask what advantage it is NOT to vote on City of LaVista Hills?

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