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Governor Deal Signs Chamblee Annexation Bill

Dresden East residents will now have the chance to vote on the measure.

Governor Nathan Deal signed today HB 1006, a House Hopper calling for a referendum to annex the Dresden East neighborhood into the City of Chamblee.

Rep. Elena Parent (D-81) introduced the bill in February as local legislation following Dresden East neighborhood’s fight to reverse the potential adverse effects the Brookhaven Cityhood bill would have on its community.

Residents in the more than 1,200-home neighborhood were angry that the early stages of the city of Brookhaven study included its commercial district, but excluded their homes. The once a heavily disputed parcel of commercial property Plaza Fiesta, which residents said they needed as leverage if they ever wanted to annex with another city, was recently dropped from the Brookhaven map.

“I’m pleased at how quickly we were able to get his bill passed, and that the people living in this area will have the opportunity to vote in November on whether they want to become Chamblee residents,” Parent said from the House Floor Thursday night.

Chamblee Mayor Eric Clarkson said he isn’t surprised that the Governor signed the bill, just that he signed it so quickly. Huntley Hill’s annexation bill took weeks longer.

“I am excited for those folks that live in that area that are going to have an opportunity to vote on whether or not to be annexed into Chamblee,” said Clarkson said. “Having local control and being in your own city is very empowering and I want all of my neighbors to have that feeling.”

The DECA residents will vote on the referendum during the November 2012 general election and according to DECA Secretary Jordan Fox, there's much work to be done.

"I'm happy to hear the Governor signed HB 1006 today.  We have a lot of work to do between now and November to educate our neighbors about possible annexation into Chamblee, so they can make an informed decision on election day," Fox said. "The passage of this bill allows us to preserve our options and gives us the power to decide what's in our best interests instead of having others make that decision for us."

 

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Annie G March 30, 2012 at 04:24 PM
How hypocritical of Parent, who opposed the City of Brookhaven on the grounds that time was needed for a county-wide study, to sponsor and support this bill. In fact, how hypocritical of the entire DeKalb Democrat delegation. They did no study as to the county-wide impact of this Chamblee annexation bill. They did no local impact study either.
Bill Lowe April 01, 2012 at 12:03 AM
Not hypocritical. This is a reactive annexation because of the Brookhaven city lines. The area to be annexed into Chamblee will be surrounded by Doraville, Chamblee, and Brookhaven if Brookhaven becomes a city. If Brookhaven fails to become a city by public vote in July, then it is also possible that the Chamblee Annexation will fail as well. I like being a part of unincorporated DeKalb and don't have any major gripes with DeKalb County. I would only vote for the annexation option because of the island effect with I-85 being the crossing point into the neighborhoods for DeKalb county services. There would be few patrols of any Dekalb services when we are surrounded by other cities....Even police cut through traffic will diminsh to next to nothing if Brookhaven forms. This is such a small area to be annexed in, it is not a huge financial loss to anyone except to those that feel that the DECA area is a part of Brookhaven...and that loss is all make believe. It is good for DeKalb to have clean lines to patrol and essentially "locks in" the growth of the other cities....Much like Brookhaven will be locked in, with no where else to expand to. Elena Parent did her job very well with the annexation bill. She came to the public neighborhood meetings and listened and agreed with our concerns. She kept the legislation local without having to rely on party affiliation to get it passed. Mike Jacobs could have done the same thing with Brookhaven.

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