Possible LaVista Hills, Tucker vote today, Decatur annexation bill dies, Avondale’s has a shot

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt April 2, 2015
DeKalb County Georgia. Source: Google Maps.

DeKalb County Georgia. Source: Google Maps.

This story has been updated. 

Today is the last day of the Legislative session and there will likely be a decision on whether voters will get a chance this November to vote to incorporate cities of Tucker and LaVista Hills.

There will also likely be a vote on Avondale Estates annexation bill, but not Decatur’s, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

The AJC reports that the Decatur annexation, which was reduced from the original master plan to exclude Suburban Plaza, hasn’t obtained enough signatures to move forward. Avondale Estate’s annexation bill will likely be voted on today, the AJC reports. To read that story, click here.

Tucker and LaVista Hill’s cityhood bills look doubtful after the state House rejected last-minute changes to the maps of both cities proposed in the state Senate.

Two other cityhood bills were under consideration: Stonecrest and Greenhaven.

State Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, D-Decatur, said Greenhaven will likely not pass this year because it still needs a fiscal feasibility study. Decaturish is seeking clarity on that point, because Greenhaven claims it has conducted such a study and the city was deemed economically viable. Oliver said Stonecrest is being held up in the Governmental Affairs Committee, but she is not sure why.

Plans to annex territory into the city of Atlanta, including Emory and the CDC, are dead this year, Oliver said.

“Atlanta annexation efforts will have to wait until next year,” she said.

Decaturish will be watching today’s developments as they unfold. Check back for updates.

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  • denkon

    Any new news about Atlanta’s annexation plan? Besides the map being filed, is anything going to happen before the end of this session?

  • Jason

    Any news about the House picking up the City of Stonecrest bill that the Senate approved? Or is that dead too?

  • JEM

    Avondale annexation passed both House and Senate. Referendum this fall.

    • JEM

      Avondale annexation was pulled because it didn’t include the commercial. Spoke too soon.

      • Michael

        That is correct!! The commercial base has no intention of being in Avondale! Of course the elected representatives Drenner and Parent have no intention of listening to the business community! Guess a future fight is on the horizon?

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