A City of Vista Grove will begin on strong economic footing. If you have not reviewed the feasibility study conducted for Vista Grove by the Carl Vinson Institute at UGA, please do so. You will see that, with no tax increase, Vista Grove can efficiently and cost-effectively provide critical infrastructure and service improvements for our area: as neighboring cities have done many times, Vista Grove will handle service delivery in the areas of parks, roads and drainage, police, and planning and zoning.

City service in these areas will be closer to the community it serves. With options like public-private partnership used by Tucker and Brookhaven, the service delivery is lean and extremely efficient. Not only is there is no "extra layer" of government, these services are closer to the people they serve. In fact, as we have seen from the experience of other new cities, the relationship between city and county is one of partnership: Having Vista Grove provide its own services will free up resources, time and attention on the Dekalb County's part to help make it as strong and successful as it can be.

In addition, a City of Vista Grove can:

--Improve the vibrancy of our commercial areas and ensure a positive mix of retail and local business uses that serve the community's needs;

--Create opportunities in Vista Grove for citizens to enhance quality of life for themselves and their families through civic participation and increased economic development;

--Ensure self-determination, and a clear voice, for our citizens in the important discussions at a regional, state, and inter-governmental level that impact our community; and

--Strengthen relationships and the natural identity we share in the Vista Grove area through our common history, geography, and aspirations.

We look forward to moving forward with a bill in the next state legislative session that would support a vote on creating a City of Vista Grove. Initial bills were introduced in the House and Senate during the last legislative session.The 2019 legislative session will be year two of the two-year legislative process to hold a voter referendum on a City of Vista Grove. With your continued support and following the legislative process, we expect a vote will be scheduled in November 2019.

Thank you for your interest in what our community could accomplish with the resources and planning capability of a city. Volunteers and community members like you continue the important work of building awareness and support for a vibrant Vista Grove. We’re so grateful for all the support and enthusiasm we’ve seen so far and look forward to building on that momentum this fall!

What can you do to help Vista Grove become a reality? 

  • Donate to help us fund our education and outreach efforts.
  • Encourage your neighbors to sign our petition to let legislators know we want the option to consider cityhood.
  • Help represent Vista Grove by attending other key community meetings (please wear your Vista Grove shirt!).
  • Volunteer with Vista Grove Initiative.

Please also visit our events calendar and join us for an activity soon!

  • Upcoming events

    10/18/18 Community Information Meeting
    Thursday, October 18, 2018 at 07:00 PM

    We are hosting an informational session about Vista Grove Initiative, including discussion of the feasibility and process of creating a new City of Vista Grove in our area.

    This will be a one-hour, informational session with focus group Q&A time for those wanting more information, to meet neighbors, and to share input.

    When:  Thursday, October 18th at 7 pm

    Where: Thalia N. Carlos Hellenic Community Center Ballroom - enter from lower parking lot

                2500 Clairmont Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30329

    Please RSVP below so we will have enough chairs set up!

     

    At this information session, we will discuss some of these areas:

    • Feasibility of a new City of Vista Grove and the process of City formation
    • Services a city could provide
    • Transportation matters such as traffic issues and possible shuttles
    • Infrastructure concerns such as additional sidewalks
    • Creating more walkable routes and bike paths
    • Adding more green space
    • Public safety

    Vista Grove includes the Lakeside High School footprint and connected community, a working map is available here:  http://www.vistagrove.org/new_maps

    Feel free to forward this information to anyone you know who may be interested in hearing about the possibility of cityhood for our Vista Grove community. We look forward to continuing to foster positive dialogue about community projects and gathering additional input on the community improvements we would most like to see.

    Please email info@vistagrove.org with any questions.

    We hope to see you at this or another neighborhood meeting soon!

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    Oyster Roast - GA Smoke FODAC benefit
    Saturday, November 03, 2018 at 06:30 PM
    Briarcliff Woods Beach Club

    Annual Charity Benefit Event in our midst! This is great fun and a worthy cause.

    Seventh Annual Georgia Smoke Oyster Roast Saturday November 3 at 6:30 p.m.

    Hello Everyone:

    Buy tickets now ($25 each; kids eat free and don't need a ticket) and join us for a fun evening Saturday, November 3 at 6:30 p.m. as we roast and serve a boatload of oysters delivered fresh from the gulf and east coast.

    The event will again be held at the Briarcliff Woods Beach Club field behind the tennis courts.

    Here's an easy ticket link to share: https://tinyurl.com/2018OysterRoast

    Over the years, you have helped us raise over $17,500 for FODAC, and we again will donate all proceeds to this fine nonprofit organization.

    FODAC's mission is to provide durable medical equipment (DME) such as wheelchairs and hospital beds at little or no cost to adults and children with injuries and disabilities. When you purchase your tickets, funds go directly to FODAC.

    Georgia Smoke's mission is to serve you perfectly-roasted gulf oysters, the best varieties of the freshest + coldest northeastern raw oysters, cooked-to-order lobsters ($25 ticket upcharge), as well as chicken and sausage gumbo. Kids of course are welcome and will eat free (chicken, pizza, etc. will be provided for kids.)

    We are also excited to announce that The Mudflapjacks will be playing the oyster roast again this year. Last year they were perfect. Even if you are a misanthrope and don't like oysters, lobsters, gumbo, and having fun with your life in general, it's worth at least coming down to the field just to hear them play.

    Thank you to our sponsors: Briarcliff Woods Beach ClubComplete Systems AutomationLenz, Inc., Georgia SmokeMcMahan Mortgage, All Exterminating, Mo's Pizza, and Kim + Carl Craig.

    Thank you to the team that will make this happen: Doug Bourgeois, Derek Butler, Carl Craig, Carl Davis, Mitch Dickerson, Dave Evans, David Rutland, Sam Shober, and Duncan Van Pelt.

    If you have any questions, please email me. Thank you all!

    -John Lenz

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