Two groups trying to organize new cities in DeKalb County generally have agreed on areas that could be included in a single city, a spokesman for one of the groups told DeKalb lawmakers on Oct. 13.

“We have agreed on boundaries that we can both live with,” said Mary Kay Woodworth, co-chair of LakesideYES.

Woodworth said representatives of LakesideYES and the City of Briarcliff Initiative reached general agreement on a map outlining a city during a mediation session held within the past two weeks.

She said the group was not ready to release its map, but intended to release it soon. “We have agreed to some borders,” she told a half-dozen DeKalb lawmakers who took part in a meeting of the county’s legislative delegation at Brookhaven City Hall. “We’re not talking about specifics yet.”

A final decision on whether to include some neighborhoods on the northern and southern ends of the city has not yet been made, she said. “We’re still talking to those neighborhoods,” she said.

The agreement followed “months and months” of meetings, she said. “We’ve had lots of robust discussions,” she said.

The group now intends to meet with representatives of a group proposing a city of Tucker, she said.

Proposals to create cities of Lakeside collapsed in the state Legislature last year because groups supporting the city efforts in Lakeside and Briarcliff claimed overlapping territories. DeKalb lawmakers told representatives of the two groups that they should work together if they wanted efforts to create a city to be considered during the next session.

Joe Earle

Joe Earle is Editor-at-Large. He has more than 30-years of experience with daily newspapers, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.

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