The Georgia Senate approved a proposal Monday that would allow voters to decide whether to create a new city in South DeKalb County called Greenhaven.
The city would cover most of unincorporated South DeKalb and include nearly 300,000 people, which would make it the second-largest city in the state.
DeKalb County residents had the chance to decide on creating two new cities last year in the central part of the county with the approval of the state Legislature. Kathryn Rice, who leads the movement to incorporate Greenhaven, says it’s now their turn.
“All we keep saying, and all we keep asking is for the opportunity, the right to have that vote,” she said.
DeKalb residents voted last year on creating the city of Tucker, but narrowly rejected creating the city of LaVista Hills.
Rice has said the new city would help bring focus on economic development in South DeKalb County, but opponents of incorporation have raised questions about whether a new city is necessary.
The city of Clarkston has also raised some concerns about the current plan.
“The issue for us, in terms of Clarkston, is that the proposed city would basically land lock Clarkston and have us unable to expand or have any opportunities to annex,” said Beverly Burks, a Clarkston City Council member.
The bill now moves to the state House for consideration.