meeting to discuss the potential annexation of Smoke Rise into the City
of Stone Mountain drew about 60 people.
The initial request for a
feasibility study, now being undertaken by Stone Mountain City Manager Gary
Peet, came from some members of the Stone Mountain Community
Improvement District (CID).
The city agreed to proceed and the Stone
Mountain Administrative Task Force (SMATF) on city sustainability was
founded. The meeting was hosted by the SMATF and led by Thom
Deloach and Gary Peet of Stone Mountain Village. Emory Morsberger,
President of the Stone Mountain CID was in attendance but made no
The group agreed that until Mr. Peet completes his study,
there was little data to make an informed decision and subsequent public
meetings will be held when more information is available.
important to note the difference in approach and timelines in city
incorporation (Tucker) and area annexation (Stone Mountain) as it
applies to our area. Cityhood requires submitting a placeholder bill to
the Georgia legislature prior to any upcoming session for vote by
lawmakers statewide, whereas annexation is limited to a local
referendum - usually a special election.
Different statutes cover these
activities. If successful, the area governed by the city of Stone
Mountain would increase from 1.6 square miles to 12 square miles and would grow from 6,000 to 17,000 residents.
the annexation process is a little more complicated in that it has to
be submitted with justifiable numbers to the Georgia legislature by
unanimous consent of the DeKalb delegation, and unlike cityhood it can
be done during a current session and requires no debate on the floor.
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