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Welcome To Brookhaven

Even if Brookhaven cityhood fails on July 31, the agenda for a city will live on.

Welcome to Brookhaven.

Some of those that have served on the boards of Citizens For North DeKalb, BrookhavenYES, and other active promoters of the city of Brookhaven have already had some of their agendas met before the public vote has even come to pass. Even if the public vote on July 31 fails, their agenda will still live on.

Where have they succeeded? They have legally and successfully mapped the area known as Brookhaven to a larger set area, passed by the legislature, and signed by the governor. Before the bill was passed and signed, the area had a vague set of boundaries that was small and limited in size and growth.

After it was mapped and the bill was passed, it became fact. If you live within the boundaries of the proposed city, you are now and forever a part of Brookhaven. The real estate professionals and developers have already gotten some of what they wanted from the new city. 

If the city does not pass and Dunwoody annexes a portion of the area in the north, it will be an extra bonus. You will live in the city of Dunwoody and also live in the area known as Brookhaven. The same can be said if Chamblee takes some parts of the proposed city.

It will come at a price, though.

Your property values are going to increase. You are all a part of Brookhaven now. The real estate agents, developers, and DeKalb County know this. A larger area known as Brookhaven, whether it is a city or not, will mean increased valuations from the county. 

This will mean more money for DeKalb County, the city of Brookhaven, increased commissions for real estate professionals, and more opportunities for land developers. Increased taxes on the valuations will help all of the governments involved.

Buford Highway will be the ultimate battlezone for the developers. It has relatively cheap land, large parcels, and aged structures. With a city of Bookhaven, it will be effectively zoned, ordinanced, and code enforced to encourage the property owners to sell. You will see teardowns of aging multi-family replaced with much higher rent units with little or no surface parking. Effectively changing the demographics. Town Brookhaven on a grand scale.

Without a city of Brookhaven, it will take longer for Buford Highway to become a gem. The developers will still come in for the same reasons as listed above, but they won't have the speed of city ordinances, code enforcement, and zoning to pressure the owners to sell. DeKalb County will still be running the zoning and code enforcement, so by default it will take longer without a city.  

Just watch. Places like the Dunwoody YMCA will be renamed to Brookhaven YMCA sooner rather than later, and they should be. It is now more Brookhaven than Dunwoody, although the Dunwoody line is much closer than Brookhaven really is.

As far as everything else about the new city? Well, just leave that up to whoever is elected to make those decisions. All of this talk about budgets, police/public safety/parks/local control and representation is all a matter of trust and belief. If you believe and trust that everything will work out better than what you have now being unincorporated, you should definitely vote 'yes' on July 31. Don't worry about hard numbers or facts. Hard numbers and facts will only come with the city passing.

Those that are for the city for no other reason than to say you live in Brookhaven: Your wish has been granted.

Those that wanted to increase their property values: Your wish will be granted.

Those that are looking to sell once their property value has increased: Be patient, you have to wait on the market to stabilize. After that, your wish will be granted.

Welcome to Brookhaven.

Chuck Chauncer

HDM June 15, 2012 at 04:38 PM
Sorry to disagree but Brookhaven will only be a success when the referendum is approved by voters, the advantages such as local representation and lower taxes will begin Jan. 1 2013
Eddie E. June 15, 2012 at 05:00 PM
I looked outside to see if there was a large balloon hovering, because it must take a large and flexible vessel to hold so much hot air. Yet another reason to know who were the contributors to C4ND that bough us this developer's, agent's and broker's pipe dream
William June 15, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Is Bill Lowe ghostwriting?
Bill Lowe June 15, 2012 at 09:59 PM
I would certainly not want to sacrifice my pride by omitting my name to any writing. If I did, I would have to choose a really obscure name and then see if people research it and find out the meaning behind the name. Nice little article though. I doubt the name change would happen on the YMCA. Too much paperwork, and they probably don't have the money for a new sign.
Mark Graffagnino June 16, 2012 at 12:26 AM
If you're referring to the Y near Marist, it is the Cowart Ashford-Dunwoody YMCA, not the Dunwoody YMCA.
Eddie E. June 16, 2012 at 12:42 AM
And the "Y" is named for the road (and the funding family) not the little bogus city it is closest to.
Eddie E. June 16, 2012 at 12:43 AM
Correct, but the debate about the Opposed City has clouded many folks ability to absorb and recount facts.
Grieg Ericsson June 16, 2012 at 02:24 AM
Beware the beast YesMan, for he is the Devil's pawn. Alone among God's primates, he kills for sport or lust or greed. Yea, he will murder his brother to possess his brother's land. Let him not breed in great numbers, for he will make a desert of his home and yours. Shun him; drive him back into his jungle lair, for he is the harbinger of death.
Dr. Jeff June 16, 2012 at 04:58 AM
Dude Grieg: When, if ever, you learn to spell succumb correctly and understand the difference between using "we're" and "were" in a sentence, then I might consider your comments as relevant discourse. Furthermore, you tend to make absolute statements that may or may not be factual. Unfortunately, my vote for you is "no". Whereas, my vote for cityhood is undecided. When July 31st arrives I will decide one way or the other. Thank you!
Live & Let Live June 16, 2012 at 07:23 AM
How sad that y'all don't understand sarcasm when you see it. Go read some Jonathan Swift. But truly, All you need is "trust and belief." You are kidding, right? It'll be fine. Just sign on to a city government already set up to give you as little notice of city commission actions as legally possible, and hope and trust that,without oversight, commissioners will act selflessly in everyone's best interest. If the secret forces behind this civic project had nothing to hide they wouldn't have hidden so much. They would have talked to all the communities involved instead of sneaking around to obtain a feasibility study based on projected revenues that they won't update now bc it would show how ridiculously undercapitalized this venture would be. Then, can't raise taxes? No prob. Raise business fees and permit fees, OH, and don't forget the new ordinance patrol, a/k/a the Bhaven cops, who can knock on your door and cite you for having a patch of too-tall weeds. More revenue, to develop more business, to gain more revenue. Too much traffic? Take advantage of your raised property values and move some place without so much freaking local control. Or just vote no and let these self-important patronizing people who did not engage with us when they planned this thing fade into obscurity.
Grieg Ericsson June 16, 2012 at 09:35 AM
YesMen, Yield to your CVI master. So what are you all afraid of? If it were good news for you, the study would have already been updated. GOOD PEOPLE OF THE BROOKHAVEN AREA. DO NOT SUCCUMB TO THE LIES AND DISTORTIONS OF THE BLOATED YESMAN. THEY ARE LYING TO YOU. THE CVI STUDY IS FLAWED. IF IT IS ALL THEY SAY IT IS, THEN WHAT HARM IS THERE IN PLUGGING IN THE REAL NUMBERS. IF IT WERE GOOD NEWS IT WOULD HAVE ALREADY BEEN DONE. THE DEVIL IS IN THE DETAILS. BE WISE IN YOUR DECISION. DEMAND THE TRUTH FROM THE PERSON YOU ELECTED AS YOUR STATE REP...THE MYSTERIOUSLY ABSENT...MIKE JACOBS. Thank you for your time. -Grieg
Grieg Ericsson June 16, 2012 at 09:37 AM
Brother, Fist bump to you. -G
Grieg Ericsson June 17, 2012 at 02:31 AM
"You did that to him damn you! You cut out his memory, you took his identity and that's what you want to do to me!"

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