HB 644 Greenhaven did not make Crossover Day 2018 in the Georgia Legislature

City of DeKalb | Greenhaven is at again! Please write your State of Georgia Congressperson

In November of 2021, Greenhaven relaunched their campaign for a massive new city in southern DeKalb County and are now calling it City of DeKalb and resurrected a new campaign as City of DeKalb Movement.

“City of DeKalb would cover the same footprint as  the previously pursued city of Greenhaven — a diagonal swath enveloping just about everything and everyone south of Tucker and Decatur and north of Stonecrest as reported by AJC.com.

With 200,000-plus residents, it would have more than three times the population of DeKalb’s largest existing cities — similar to populations in Columbus and Augusta, the second- and third-largest cities in the entire state.

The proposed city was announced by a city group in 2015 and unsuccessfully brought to the state legislature for approval five times, most recently in 2018.

We at Neighbors Against Greenhaven are sure you’re sick and tired of the threat of an unwanted city appearing so we ask that you write your congressman today to show the large number of citizens that are against this.

Please see the list below for Georgia State Senators and Georgia House of Representatives that represent DeKalb County. We ask that you write a quick email to them simply stating that your are opposed to City of DeKalb. It can be as simple as I’m opposed to City of DeKalb or a go into great detail. The exercise is show that there is a large portion of the population of DeKalb County that is against City of DeKalb/Greenhaven.

State SenatorsEmailDistrict
Emanuel JonesEmanuel.Jones@Senate.ga.gov10
Sally HarrellSally.Harrell@Senate.ga.gov40
Kim JacksonKim.Jackson@Senate.ga.gov41
Elena ParentElena.Parent@Senate.ga.gov42
Tonya AndersonTonya.Anderson@Senate.ga.gov43
Gail DavenportGail.Davenport@Senate.ga.gov44
Gloria ButlerGloria.Butler@Senate.ga.gov55
State RepresentativesEmailDistrict
Shea Robertsshea.roberts@house.ga.gov52
Yasmin NealYasmin.Neal@house.ga.gov79
Matthew Wilsonmatthew.wilson@house.ga.gov80
Long TranLong.Tran@house.ga.gov80
Scott HolcombScott.Holcomb@House.ga.gov81
Mary Margaret Olivermary.oliver@house.ga.gov82
Becky EvanBecky.Evans@House.ga.gov83
Karen LuptonKaren.Lupton@house.ga.gov83
Omari CrawfordOmari.Crawford@house.ga.gov84
Karla DrennerKarla.Drenner@House.ga.gov85
Imani BarnesImani.Barnes@house.ga.gov86
Viola DavisViola.Davis@House.ga.gov87
Billy Mitchellbilly.mitchell@house.ga.gov88
Angela Mooreangela.moore@house.ga.gov90
Saira DraperSaira.Draper@house.ga.gov90
Rhonda Taylorrhonda.taylor@house.ga.gov91
Doreen CarterDoreen.Carter@House.ga.gov92
Dar’Shun Kendrickdarshun.kendrick@house.ga.gov93
Karen BennettKaren.Bennett@House.ga.gov94
State of Georgia House of Representatives and State Senator’s email addresses

DeKalb Delegation Pre-Session Town Halls

DeKalb House Legislative Delegation to Host Series of Virtual, In-Person Pre-Session Town Hall Meetings

ATLANTA – Members of the DeKalb House Legislative Delegation will host a series of virtual and in-person town hall meetings to hear from DeKalb citizens and to discuss the Legislative Session, which will convene on January 9, 2023. The meeting schedule is as follows:

Virtual Meeting

 Thursday, January 5, 2023, from 6 – 7:30 p.m. via Zoom; to register for Zoom access, please click here <https://bit.ly/3FuPY3L    

In Person Meeting

Saturday, January 7, 2023, from 1 – 2:30 p.m. at the Porter Sanford Performing Arts Center in Decatur, 3181 Rainbow Drive, Decatur, GA 30034

The DeKalb House Legislative Delegation for the 2023-2024 legislative term will include State Representatives Karen Bennett (D-Stone Mountain), Doreen Carter (D-Lithonia), Viola Davis (D-Stone Mountain), Karla Drenner (D-Avondale Estates), Becky Evans (D-Atlanta), Scott Holcomb (D-Atlanta), Dar’shun Kendrick (D-Lithonia), Billy Mitchell (D-Stone Mountain), Angela Moore (D-Decatur), Mary Margaret Oliver (D-Decatur), Shea Roberts (D-Atlanta), Rhonda Taylor (D-Conyers), State Representatives-elect Long Tran (D-Dunwoody), Karen Lupton (D-Chamblee), Omari Crawford (D-Decatur), Imani Barnes (D-Tucker) and Saira Draper (D-Atlanta).


We are not alone in this fight as we have joined forces with the following groups:

Neighbors Against Greenhaven

Facebook: Neighbors Against Greenhaven

Concerned Citizens in Opposition to Greenhaven

Pride Rings in Stone Mountain,

The Georgia Federation of Teachers

DeKalb United

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  1. Greenhaven has changed its’ name, but not it’s tactics. Kathryn Rice announced Greenhaven is now going by the name of City of DeKalb. Same script, same cast, just a new name, a larger footprint and promoting it as DeKalb Cityhood. The irony of this is that their lobbyist, Brad Carver, of Hall Smith Booth is a Republican supporter of Trump tactics! Brad Carver is on record of saying the election of President Biden, Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossof, all of whom won the vote in Georgia in 2020, was election fraud. We know it’s not true, but what does that say about Kathryn Rice and they City of DeKalb crew? The ends do not justify the means. City of DeKalb proponents and Kathryn Rice are saying it’s voter suppression, when they are actually using Brad Carver, is one of the members supporting Georgia’s legislation and installing tactics that would actually suppress the votes of not only minorities, but independent voters. DeKalb Cityhood are messaging that they want an all black city, but are using politicians that are actively suppressing votes and gerrymandering districts to suppress the voters of metro Atlanta.


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      • The following statements from the CVIOG Feasibility Study indicate red flags regarding the economic stability of a new city and the weight taxpayers should give to its validity.

        (1) “…Proposed Greenhaven’s primary weakness –its economic vulnerability”…
        (2) “We were unable to identify another city of similar size to the proposed City of South DeKalb
        that provides only planning and zoning, code enforcement, and parks and recreation services.”
        (3) “While it is our hope that this report assists with the public consideration of a potential
        municipal incorporation, it should not be construed to constitute a position either for or against
        the establishment of a City of South DeKalb by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government

        Proposed City of DeKalb Red Flags


      • You might want to think of a new angle, other than “the vote.” You’re not capturing any new followers, you’ve angered the politicians that you need to legislate it and it appears you no longer have the big backers to pay for the lobbyist. What is your value proposition that doesn’t make your group look like money hungry Republicans?



    • thanks for continuing to share your opinions regarding the SD cityhood history.
      DYK a new session has started and the only thing remaining to be seen is how many of the new Delegation voting coalition will support a vote for SD & CND?
      It’s MY not humble opinion, it’ll be unanimous in both chambers because they no longer see opposing a vote is in their best interest… especially the new ones. It was said they were instructed to NOT talk about “cityhood”! Now they have to talk about giving us a vote to address our issues in SD.


  2. I’m impressed with your summary of the Greenhaven/City of DeKalb cityhood efforts. Why are you against cityhood for this area?


  3. “There is a push for change in southern Dekalb. Having diverse retail and entertainment options is a part of what makes a community a great place to live in. Quality of life is a big part of what attracts people to invest in an area.

    While southern DeKalb has grown in population, and homes are gaining value from the great recession’s depressed prices, our community is in a sort of a holding pattern. We are getting new restaurants like chicken wing and fast-food places. But what about restaurants offering healthy options? What about getting a Sprouts or Trader Joe’s?

    However, Cityhood does NOT offer change. ITS THE SAME OLE GANG that a way to rebranded Greenhaven to City of DeKalb and just creates another level of government.


    • What does this history have to do with us voting on a referendum. EVERYTHING. It won’t enable us to solve problems we’ve been complaining about for over 30 years! Cityhood will allow unregulated institutional investor activity which has amounted to over 50% of single family homes in my zip code. That directly translates into higher property taxes in uninc’d DeKalb.

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    • James… DYK any resident of SD can run for any elected office they qualify to fill and the people in the SD city vote for who they want in their CAPU – City Council position; President of the City Council; and Mayor.
      If you live in the City footprint, you should consider running for something where you can make a difference!


  4. “Cityhood is NOT change! Why do we need a city in south DeKalb that will have the same script but new crooks. No to cityhood!


    • Saying “no” to a cityhood vote means SD residents – voters will NOT be able to regulate institutional investor activity by the means available to a city! Nor will it be able to address Code Enforcement outcomes with better regulations & court reforms.
      How would you have those things done?


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