Supporters of the cityhood effort have said they wanted local governmental control to manage the area's growth and recruit businesses.
But skeptics of the idea said a new city wasn’t the answer.
“What they had to offer didn’t have a lot of substance to improve south DeKalb,” said Erin Smullen-Printup, who lives near the Gresham Park neighborhood and attended the committee meeting. “Adding another layer of government wasn ‘t going to solve the problems in south DeKalb.”
House lawmakers last month tabled the Greenhaven proposal contained in a separate bill, House Bill 613. But the Senate revived the effort and passed SB221 on March 7.
Meanwhile, the full Georgia House of Representatives voted 144-17 to approve a proposal to form the city of Stonecrest, which would cover about 50,000 residents in southeastern DeKalb. That legislation now advances to the state Senate for a final vote, and then voters would decide in a referendum whether to incorporate their community.