LaVista Park Cityhood Survey Results

The LaVista Park survey results have been tabulated. The survey was delivered to all 630 homes in LaVista Park, and was sent by email to all email addresses in our database. We used address to verify residency. Fortunately, we had NO duplicate addresses to research or disqualify. We had 208 online responses via Survey Monkey and 41 paper responses for a total of 249 responses which was a 39.5% participation rate.

Click here for a summary of the replies: LVP Survey Summary 2014Nov15

As detailed below, joining a new city, Briarcliff / Lakeside (“B/L”), appears to be the preferred choice of those responding to the survey.   When asked to rank their preferences on a scale of 1-4 (1=favorite, 4=least favorite) between the three city options and remaining unincorporated DeKalb County, B/L had the best (lowest) weighted average rating at 2.13. Annexation into Atlanta had the worst (highest) rating at 2.77.   B/L received the most ratings of 1 or 2 (first or second choice) as compared with the other options.  Unincorporated did get slightly more first place votes than did B/L, 74 to 70, but received far fewer second place votes, 35 to 93.

When asked to pick a favorite between B/L, Atlanta, or Brookhaven, the new city was chosen on 46.5% of the surveys. Atlanta (32.7%) and Brookhaven (20.8%) combined for 53.5%.

When asked to choose between B/L and Atlanta, the survey participants choose B/L almost 2-1 over annexation into Atlanta: 63.7% vs 36.3%.

These results have been communicated to the Briarcliff and Lakeside organizers.

My takeaways from this survey, which include reading the comments included on the replies, include:

  1. Remaining unincorporated is a very popular choice.   More survey respondents choose unincorporated as their first choice than any of the other three (B/L, Atlanta, Brookhaven). Additionally, based on comments, many respondents appeared to discount unincorporated as unrealistic as it appears not likely to be a long term option. Without that discounting, unincorporated may well have been the most popular survey choice.
  2. Annexation into the city of Atlanta came in last on every question. But those who are concerned about our future school districts, particularly if Atlanta does annex Druid Hills, Emory and Woodland Hills, favored Atlanta annexation to keep our school cluster together.
  3. Annexation into Brookhaven was not a particularly popular choice. But it was only recently that Brookhaven was even a consideration, and then only because of the Executive Park / CHoA applications for Brookhaven annexation. The idea of Brookhaven being an option is still very new.
  4. Having a chance to vote up or down on a new Dekalb City – Briarcliff / Lakeside – received the most support on this survey. B/L was a clear choice over annexation into Atlanta, but did not pull a majority against both Atlanta and Brookhaven. It did get the best weighted average score in the rate-your-preference on a scale of 1 to 4 question, but it did not get the highest number of first place votes.

Unresolved questions that, once answered, could indicate a need for a second survey include:

  1. If the Brookhaven annexation of Executive Park, CHoA, and Brighten Park (f/k/a Loehmann’s Plaza) goes through, we may have a real opportunity – as opposed to a theoretical one – to consider annexation into Brookhaven. For some in LaVista Park it is important, even vital, to be in the same jurisdiction as these large commercial properties in our “back yard.”
  2. If Druid Hills and Emory (“DH/E”) choose annexation into Atlanta over staying unincorporated, they will take with them the schools our neighborhood is currently assigned to, including Briar Vista Elementary and Druid Hills High. Fernbank Elementary would go to Atlanta also. This is significant as there is considerable collaboration between Fernbank and Briar Vista as well as Druid Hills. The schools to which LaVista Park children would likely then be assigned are NOT considered to be some of DeKalb County’s better schools.

The LVPCA Board is working diligently to influence Brookhaven to defer annexation decisions on Executive Park, etc. until after the Briarcliff / Lakeside proposals are approved or rejected by voters.   We are also trying to confirm the direction DH/E are likely to take. Noted that the Woodland Hills survey indicated a fairly strong preference for annexation into Atlanta. Our elementary school, Briar Vista, is located in Woodland Hills.

Further developments related to all of these decisions will be posted to Leaf Talk and / or communicated via email blasts.   Thanks to those who participated in the survey. We appreciate the responses and especially the comments. I encourage you to share any additional comments on Leaf Talk, as well as with our local county and state officials, and those in the City of Brookhaven.

Steve Richards

President, LVPCA

Nov 16, 2014

Posted in Leaf Talk
46 comments on “LaVista Park Cityhood Survey Results
  1. Daniel Strother says:

    If Woodland Hills, Druid Hills, and Emory elect to be annexed into the city of Atlanta, I think it would be in Lavista Park’s best interest to strongly consider annexation into Atlanta based on the school systems alone. As we all know, the strength of a school system dictates the value of your home…not to mention the value of a strong school system on the education of our children.

  2. John Crawfis says:

    First of all I want to thank you Steve for all of your hard work as President. I can’t imagine anyone that could do a better job. Kudos.

    It is my belief that the school system is my personal number 1 issue in whatever happens. I don’t personally have any children, but I think that the current school district is ideal. I owned a home in Morningside and lived for over a decade in Sherwood Forest and the inclusion of Druid Hills High School has always been a driving force in my decision to purchase in those areas and also in Lavista Park (over a decade ago).

    I do like the tax benefits of Unincorporated Dekalb over the City of Atlanta. That being said my vote is to follow the current school district.

    It seems ridiculous that the City of Brookhaven would gobble-up Executive Park. The city of Brookhaven has NO concerns about traffic nor infrastructure issues. Executive Park is just TAX DOLLARS for them. They will willingly allow HIGH DENSITY ZONING. The traffic is NO concern to their constituents on the other side of 85/Buford Hwy. The idea of Executive Park being part of the City of Brookhaven is absurd…a greedy developers dream situation.

  3. Tom Fitzgerald says:

    Has it been discussed if Druid Hills goes with the Atlanta annexation where our kids would be re-districted? I assume our area might then fall within the district of Sagamore Hills Elementary and/or Oak Grove and Lakeside High School. If so, those schools have consistently scored better than the respective schools that would be annexed into Atlanta.

    I assume Druid Hills Middle would remain in our district, although if our area were re-districted as above Henderson Middle would make a logical re-districting choice and it too has scored better than Druid Hills Middle.

  4. Roger Cline says:

    Seniors (and those who soon may soon qualify) may be shocked to see what will happen to their property tax bills if Lavista Park is annexed into the City of Atlanta as opposed to joining Lakeside/Briarcliff or remaining in Unicorporated DeKalb County:

    From the Druid Hills Civic Association Website:

    “Annexation to Atlanta will increase property taxes for seniors. An owner who qualifies for senior exemptions for a property valued at $500,000 will pay approximately $1,905 in property taxes in unincorporated DeKalb. The same property owner within the City of Atlanta will pay approximately $5,915 in property taxes. The figures above were provided by the DeKalb Tax Commissioner’s office which calculates tax bills. The figures assume millage rates and HOST credits as they currently exist.”

  5. Luke Callaway says:

    None at this point. Will be interested in annexation strategies. Don’t think Brookhaven is the best choice for the LPCA.

  6. Bill Golden says:

    I agree VERY strongly with Dan and John on this. I don’t think most folks are taking into consideration the effect of being sent to different schools. As a Realtor for almost 30 years in this area, I have seen a school district make or break a neighborhood. It’s imperative that we have a full understanding of the school situation before we back any of these proposals.
    I was a strong proponent of Atlanta annexation already, but when I saw that Woodland Hills was strongly favoring them, it really makes a strong case for annexation.
    Yes, I would love it if we could just remain Unincorporated Dekalb County, but that ship has sailed. We need to make an informed decision about this before it’s forced upon us.
    In terms of taxes, you can say that Atlanta will raise our taxes, but there’s no way that this new city can promise any different. It’s a complete shot in the dark at this point.

  7. Roger Cline says:

    The Woodland Hills online Cityhood survey seemed to be biased from the very beginning as it was indicated to participants in the opening summary that the Board preferred to have the neighborhood join the City of Atlanta, which hardly makes the survey impartial. I appreciate the LVPCA Board’s allowing its own residents to make their own informed decisions.

  8. Luke Callaway says:

    NO to city of ATL.

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