Candidates for Brookhaven City Council and members of the Governor’s Commission on Brookhaven spent the morning in Dunwoody learning more about what they will need to know to get their new city started.
State Rep. Mike Jacobs, who co-sponsored legislation to create the city of Brookhaven, and Sen. Fran Millar, R-Dunwoody, hosted the event at Dunwoody City Hall Sept. 24.
The meeting was not open to the public and members of the press were not invited.
Jacobs said the intent of the information session was to provide the people who will be involved in beginning the city of Brookhaven with a glimpse at how Dunwoody, which was incorporated in 2008, operates today.
“It was organized to enable the Brookhaven governor’s commission and candidates for the city council to hear first hand from people who were involved in setting up the city of Dunwoody,” Jacobs said.
Several prominent Dunwoody officials were in attendance, including City Manager Warren Hutmacher, Police Chief Billy Grogan and Mayor Mike Davis, Jacobs said.
The group also heard a presentation from the Perimeter Community Improvement Districts, a self-taxing commercial area that includes a portion of Brookhaven, and a presentation from the Brookhaven Peachtree Community Alliance about the overlay zoning district in the heart of Brookhaven. Susan Long, a spokeswoman for the PCIDs, said the organization provided lunch for the group.
“The nuts and bolts of a city like Brookhaven, the significance of the Peachtree Road zoning overlay and the significance of the work of the PCID are things that everyone involved either running for office or running the governor’s commission should understand and be conversant with as soon as possible,” Jacobs said.
Jacobs said though other new cities have information that could be valuable to Brookhaven, he felt it would be especially useful for the group to learn from Dunwoody. Dunwoody provides the same municipal services the city of Brookhaven is expected to provide, is in the same county, and is roughly the same size in population and area, Jacobs said.
“In many regards, the issues faced by Dunwoody between its incorporation in 2008 and today are the same issues Brookhaven will be facing from today until four years from now,” Jacobs said. “When it comes right down to it, the closest analog to the future city of Brookhaven is Dunwoody.”