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Lakeside Cityhood Movement Announces Arrival

The Lakeside City Alliance will study the feasibility of a city focused on the high school's attendance zone.

Will the Lakeside High School area find itself part of a new city?

The Lakeside City Alliance wants to find out. 

The non-profit, chaired by Northlake-area resident Mary Kay Woodworth, will hold its first public meeting at Lakeside High on Feb. 13 from 7 p.m. - 8 p.m. It released the following statement Wednesday:

Citizens Group Announces Cityhood Study Initiative for Northern DeKalb County

ATLANTA, GA — February 6, 2013— A group of DeKalb County citizens announced today the formation of the Lakeside City Alliance, a non-profit group created to study the possibility and feasibility of establishing a new city in northern DeKalb County.  The Alliance is chaired by Mary Kay Woodworth, a lifelong DeKalb County resident, who lives near the Northlake Mall area.  The Alliance released a draft map of the proposed parameters of the new city, which would be bounded roughly by Interstate 85 to the west, Clairmont Road to the south, Chamblee-Tucker Road to the east and Pleasantdale Road to the north.

In announcing the creation of the Alliance study group, Woodworth noted that the proposed boundaries represent the Alliance’s efforts to define the community of interest that encompasses the proposed city.  “After years of being 50,000 citizens without a voice, we are excited about the prospect of examining a form a government that is both closer and more responsive to the people it represents,” Woodworth said.  “The Alliance will study the type of government best-suited to our area with an emphasis on allowing for more local control of police services, parks and zoning.”

Woodworth noted that “members of the Alliance are all citizens of DeKalb County, and we look forward to assessing the feasibility of a local government that integrates efficiently with the current county government.  We will study ways to fund and sustain a new city that provides services best overseen locally, while ensuring that the County can continue to provide the services it delivers best for all residents of DeKalb.”

Woodworth explained that the group will host a series of public meetings to introduce the proposed map, discuss its plans with area residents and receive feedback from interested stakeholders.  The first meeting will be held at at Lakeside High School on Wednesday, February 13.

“Today begins a careful study of the best means to provide local control to taxpayers,” Woodworth declared, “who have felt for far too long that they were powerless to control their own destinies.  It is our hope that with the formation of the Lakeside City Alliance, help is finally on the way.”

Additional information can found regarding LCA by visiting LCA’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/LakesideCityAllianceGa), website (www.lakesidealliance.org) and Yahoo! Group (http://groups.yahoo.com/group/lakesidealliance/)

The alliance has released a map of its proposed boundaries. To become a city, the state legislature would need to approve the idea and then voters would have to vote in favor of it. 

The alliance was featured in a WSB-TV news report as well.

What do you think about the proposed city of Lakeside? Tell us in the comments section below.

kudzuqueen February 22, 2013 at 08:48 PM
It also seems that this group held a meeting in Jan at Oak Grove Methodist church--general discussion on forming cities and a City of North DeKalb. As much discussion as there has been concerning the future development of the former Briarcliff High School I would hope there are a number of very concerned citizens in this area. Any 'clues' as to what one day be done with BHS would be appreciated by many---fwiw.
Tom Doolittle February 22, 2013 at 08:49 PM
Required reading for anyone interested in discussing city-making. Note--almost all formative work (the stuff that creates "bones" in a community) was done with a recalcitrant legislature. Now the same excesses exist in the other direction. Making up for lost time is not a prescription for success. http://encycl.opentopia.com/term/Sandy_Springs,_Georgia
Lenny March 25, 2013 at 03:47 PM
Thanks TRISH.... I agree... Tucker needs to stay the same.. What a jewel we have here.
JLo March 25, 2013 at 11:32 PM
Since when is Tucker not a city?? I have it as the city on my address. Maybe I missed that memo.
newsydon July 01, 2013 at 08:17 AM
Randy and Mary Kay: first off, how much money have you collected? and where did it come from? the cobi folks have shown that day by day. why don't you? secondly, when did you actually file with u ga for the study? and thirdly, you won't answer the question whether you are now willing to discuss changing your boundaries. are you now willing to sit down with briarcliff and tucker?

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