UPDATE: Brookhaven and Chamblee bills passed by House and Senate. Next stop, Gov. Deal.

Rep. Mike Jacobs, Rep. Scott Holcomb, Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver and Rep. Tom Taylor

Rep. Mike Jacobs, Rep. Scott Holcomb, Rep. Mary Margaret Oliver and Rep. Tom Taylor

Brookhaven/Chamblee, GA - Feb 19. – The two bills that could settle an annexation dispute between the City of Brookhaven and the City of Chamblee made their way to the Senate and were passed Tuesday.

Two weeks ago they went through the House, where they were also passed.

The next stop for these two bills is the desk of Governor Nathan Deal.

As a review:

House Bill 905 and House Bill 906, sponsored by Representatives Holcomb of the 81st, Oliver of the 82nd, Jacobs of the 80th, and Taylor of the 79th are designed to legislatively validate the successful Chamblee referendum vote that was taken in November which included the Century Center property within the City of Chamblee borders.

In the 2013 Legislative Session, the General Assembly enacted House Bill No. 619 to allow for citizens in the area to annex a portion of unincorporated DeKalb County into the City of Chamblee by referendum vote.

Included in HB 905: “Prior to the referendum, the City of Chamblee filed suit to stop the proposed 16 annexation by the City of Brookhaven, and the trial court gave effect to the City of Chamblee’s annexation, but this matter is on appeal. It was and is the intent of the General Assembly that the entire territory described in House Bill No. 619 be a part of the City of Chamblee; and to the extent that the portion of the territory sought to be annexed by the City of Brookhaven is not found to be properly in the City of Chamblee, the General Assembly enacts this Act to correct the situation and give effect of the original intent of the General Assembly.”

HB 905 continues to explain, “An Act to incorporate the City of Brookhaven in DeKalb County, approved April 16, 2012 (Ga. L. 2012, p. 5527), as amended, is amended by revising Section 1.02 by designating the existing text as subsection (a) and adding a new subsection (b) to read as follows: ‘To the extent that the property described in this subsection is or was made a part of City of Brookhaven, on and after the effective date of this subsection, such property shall no longer be a part of the City of Brookhaven.’”

This bill also describes and fixes the City of Brookhaven borders.

HB 906 says, “It was and is the intent of the General Assembly that the entire territory described in House Bill No. 619 be a part of the City of Chamblee.” HB 906 also describes and fixes the borders of the City of Chamblee.

If the Bills become law, they will effectively take the decision out of the hands of the court system and will become effective once they are approved by Governor Nathan Deal, or upon their becoming law without such approval.

We’ll continue to keep you updated as these Bills progress through the General Assembly.

 

18 Responses to UPDATE: Brookhaven and Chamblee bills passed by House and Senate. Next stop, Gov. Deal.

  1. "If the Bills become law, they will effectively take the decision out of the hands of the court system and will become effective once they are approved by Governor Nathan Deal, or upon their becoming law without such approval."

    You may find that the Georgia Supreme Court take exception to your conclusion.

  2. New Chamblee residen

    Oh, No. Once this bill is passed, then the deal is done. Century Center is in Chamblee, NOT Brookhaven. We need the tax revenue. Further litigation will only benefit the lawyers.

  3. I used to think that the city of Brookhaven was a good investment property wise, but the more I hear about their city council the more I see crooks and liars. I am SO SO glad I don't live there!

    • New Chamblee residen

      Me. too.

    • I am curious, what exactly did the Brookhaven city council steal or lie about?

      • I think what is being referred to is the overall issues and interest of a select few instead of all area citizens. First there was the sudden yet not mentioned during campaigning Pink Pony issue. Then there is the issue of the city not actually having a zoning map. Above all if you have the power to make the laws regardless of ethics and legality, you just might upset more ethical citizens. The political crowd tends to be a very scummy, dirty lot that will do anything they can to get their way no matter who is harmed.

  4. Yeah I get it Saul, but if we are going to eventually get rid of this city it would be helpful to know what they actually lied about and stole. I mean if we want our criticisms and name calling to withstand real scrutiny we need to have the actual proof to back up our critiques, don't we?

    • Carrie, now you are delusional. Have another martini with a triple olive. Nobody really cares about all of this but a few. This city isn’t going anywhere.

      Get used to it and all that comes with it. What eventually happens is that corrupt towns get reputations that send signals to businesses and quality residents and they move away or avoid moving in. Don’t worry; at this rate you have at least ten years or so before you feel the effects.

  5. Yeah, like I told Justin, Historic Brookhaven could be a less expensive alternative to Buckhead with some real class. Besides, who goes deer hunting in Atlanta and names their city Buckhead?

  6. Well at least if we had real proof of corruption we could make your prediction come true. Do we have any proof or are we just being cynical?

  7. Ask Bates about his Personal Financial Disclosures. Technically he is invalid to hold office.

  8. One way to stop all this is to ask the Brookhaven City Council to rescind their vote of annexation of Century Center.

  9. It was asked by Chamblee and by the DeKalb legislative delegation. The response, deafening silence. Thus, the current bill wait for the Governor's signature.

    Brookhaven's government's big sin isn't illegal behavior. Rather, it is arrogant, tone deaf and greedy. What it wants is what should happen regardless of what its citizens and neighbors might prefer. Include the Pony and it's neighbors in the city, then get rid of the Pony so the developers can develop as God intended. Work a back room deal with Highwoods for rezoning in return for annexation and $300k a year in new tax base even though there was a pending referendum for annexation of Century Center and the adjacent neighborhood by Chamblee. Sue when you lose the referendum and then stop funding the suit (implying you will play nice) while Highwoods carries the legal water for you. Talk up an annexation of Executive Park across I-85 to grab more tax base and probably take away the tax base needed for a Briarcliff/Lakeshore/Tucker city to survive.

    There are more examples of bad Brookhaven behavior, these came to mind quickly.

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