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28 January 2015

Georgia House Committee Adopts New Rule Governing Process of Creating New Cities

The House Committee on Intragovernmental Coordination, chaired by state Rep. Jan Tankersley (R - Brooklet), met 28 January 2015 to adopt its rules for the 2015 legislative session.

One new rule that governs the committee's work centers around the process of creating new cities.

Currently, four possible cities --LaVista Hills, South DeKalb, South Fulton, and Tucker-- are under consideration by the Georgia General Assembly.

Under the new rule adopted by the House Committee on Intragovernmental Coordination, any bill proposing the creation of a new municipality would have to be introduced in an odd-numbered year with an accompanying feasibility study saying the proposed city can stand on its own two feet financially.

This rule is similar to the one adopted by the House Committee on Governmental Affairs, which has considered the creation of new cities in the past.

To date, only the proposed city of South Fulton is the only new cityhood bill to be introduced in the state legislature. State Rep. Roger Bruce (D - Atlanta) pre-filed the legislation on 11 December 2014. City of South Fulton supporters say their proposed municipality is financially viable. However, recent annexations by Union City, along with a pending annexation of 4,920 acres by the City of Chattahoochee Hills, has some questioning if South Fulton remains feasible.

Information posted on the proposed city of Tucker's website says, "The Andrew Young School of Policy Studies at Georgia State University is updating the city of Tucker Feasibility Study and members of our team are working continuously with legislators to ensure that the City of Tucker moves forward."

The city of South DeKalb is currently raising funds to pay for its feasibility study. And, according to, leaders in the city of Lavista Hills movement plan to conduct a feasibility study "after being advised by members of the state legislature that it would be a good idea" [Whisenhun, Dan (20 January 2015). Supporters of proposed city of Tucker updating economic feasibility study. Decaturish. Retrieved on 28 January 2015.].