The new cities craze continues in metro Atlanta

The new cities craze continues in metro Atlanta

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The city of Sandy Springs lead the way for new cities being formed throughout metro Atlanta. The city of Sandy Springs lead the way for new cities being formed throughout metro Atlanta.
Some DeKalb County residents are also trying to form the city of Briarcliff. Some DeKalb County residents are also trying to form the city of Briarcliff.
The Lakeside City Alliance is looking into the feasibility of their forming a new city in DeKalb County. The Lakeside City Alliance is looking into the feasibility of their forming a new city in DeKalb County.
SANDY SPRINGS, Ga. -

It seems to be a bandwagon on which many communities are jumping. The turning of communities into cities is turning into a popular trend in metro Atlanta.

There are definite advantages to creating a new city. The police and fire departments can be more responsive not to mention local government can be more attentive to the needs of a smaller group, but there are also some kinks and risks.

Johns Creek, Dunwoody, Brookhaven and Sandy Springs are just a few of the cities created in the past several years. Sandy Springs Mayor Eva Galambos says the reason why her residents did it was because they wanted more local control. She said the movement stemmed from a disenfranchisement and a feeling that they had no voice and were being exploited.

Galambos said that lead to anger which built up until they final organized and created the city of Sandy Springs.

Local incorporation is experiencing popularity. In DeKalb County alone, Briarcliff, Tucker and Lavista Hills are all exploring the idea of becoming their own cities. So is a group called the Lakeside City Alliance.

Mary Kay Woodworth with the Alliance said they are exploring the option for an area that includes 20 square miles formed by Interstate 85, North Druid Hills Road and Stone Mountain Freeway. She said the two DeKalb County commissioner currently representing the area don't even live in the neighborhood.

Woodworth's concern is that the county can't make the critical decisions for the area if they don't intimately know the area.

The benefits are great, but Mary Galambos said communities must first make sure they can afford to be a city before setting out on the road to incorporation. She suggests staying with county utilities, as it is cheaper. She said it will also be a challenge to convince residents that taxes will increase.

The Lakeside City Alliance is waiting on the results of a feasibility student being conducted by the University of Georgia. The full report is expected to be release by the end of November.

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