By Melissa Weinman

Members of the DeKalb County Legislative Delegation met with advocates for creating new cities Jan. 9 in an effort to untangle the mess of overlapping proposals in the central area of the county.

The proposed cities of Briarcliff, Lakeside and Tucker all overlap in the area of Northlake Mall. Representatives from each group made presentations about their plans and took questions from legislators. A fourth group, hoping to incorporate a city of Stonecrest in southeast DeKalb, also made a presentation.

“This is an important issue for DeKalb County and we want to make sure we hear from different cityhood proposals so we can make the best decisions,” said Rep. Howard Mosby, D-Atlanta, chairman of the delegation.

To make matters more complicated, existing cities are also looking to expand their borders.

“Every city in DeKalb County has had plans to annex except for Dunwoody,” said Mark Baggett, managing director of the DeKalb Municipal Association.

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Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.