House approves cities of LaVista Hills and Tucker

The Georgia House of Representatives passed measures Wednesday that would allow residents to vote on creating the cities of LaVista Hills and Tucker.

The legislation now advances to the state Senate for further consideration. If approved, voters would decide on whether to incorporate during a November election.

LaVista Hills passed on a 129-37 vote. Tucker passed on a 128-31 vote.

The House also delayed until Friday a planned a vote on the city of South Fulton.

These three cityhood bills were quickly moved through the House with little opposition. They were introduced last week and cleared their committees before Wednesday’s vote in the full House.

Three other possible cities — Greenhaven, Sharon Springs and Stonecrest — are running out of time. They haven’t been heard by a committee, and Friday is the deadline for general legislation to pass at least one chamber.

LaVista Hills would include nearly 65,000 people and be located mostly inside I-285 in north-central DeKalb. Its legislation is House Bill 520.

Tucker would have a population of about 35,000 with borders from the eastern edge of I-285 and outside the perimeter. Its legislation is House Bill 515.

South Fulton would have 90,000 residents and cover most of the county’s land south of Atlanta that isn’t already in a city. Its legislation is House Bill 514.

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