A plan that DeKalb County Commissioner Lee May says could "really transform" the Hidden Hills area for the better, via better green space and stricter building rules, is heading to the DeKalb County Planning Commission. It's expected to come before May's Commission for final approval as early as September.
This area "has been a real asset to DeKalb over the decades," May told a July 26 county commission meeting, but added, "we're seeing deterioration [and] vacancies."
The Greater Hidden Hills Overlay District would cover a rough rectangle bordered by Covington Highway, South Hairston Road, Redan Road and Panola Road. Lee said it includes some 1,500 to 1,700 houses.
In commercial areas, the goal is safer buildings, fewer alleys, more sidewalks, shade trees and other upgrades.
The disused Hidden Hills golf course could see new light as a greenspace with walking trails.
"We're looking to transform" the area, Lee continued, "so you won't just have strip shopping centers and gas stations." He said the "unfortunate standard" now is checking-cashing, liquor and pawn shops.
He's looking for the better-looking neighborhoods to attract sustainable and more varied businesses.
Many of the biggest changes will require private investment.