A word of advice for any DeKalb County folks wanting to buy a new map: Give it a year or so.
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DeKalb County lawmakers filed four placeholder bills seeking new cities before the end of the 2013 session. General Assembly rules call for such proposals to be introduced a year before legislators take them up for consideration. That also gives cityhood organizers time to build support organizations and pay for the feasibility studies that determine what services a proposed city can provide and at what cost. By Georgia law, cities must provide at least three services, such as police, zoning and parks.
If the bills pass, a referendum would be held in the summer of 2014 for each city, giving residents a chance to vote on incorporation. Most cities would officially start in December 2014, with most services beginning in 2015.
The bills are:
House Bill 665 — Sponsored by state Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver, D-Decatur, for an unnamed city that could become Briarcliff, Prosperity or some other formation of a new city between central DeKalb and north to I-285.
House Bill 677 — Sponsored by state Rep. Billy Mitchell, D-Stone Mountain, for an unnamed city expected to have the name and general boundaries of Tucker in northeast DeKalb.
Senate Bill 270 — Sponsored by state Sen. Fran Millar, R-Dunwoody, for a city of Lakeside, from north of I-285 south to Clairmont Road in north-central DeKalb.
Senate Bill 275 — Sponsored by state Sen. Jason Carter, D-Decatur, for a city of Lavista Hills, to encompass much of the Briarcliff area.