The Vista Grove Initiative

The Vista Grove region in North Dekalb, one of the last unincorporated areas in this part of the county, is an incredible community. We have a rich shared history, with a diverse range of interests. We have young families, raising children and building new lives, and citizens whose roots and love for the area go back generations. We have creative and entreprenerial businesses. We enjoy a beautiful and biodiverse greenspace running through our many linked neighborhoods. We also have great community schools, including Lakeside as a flagship high school, and a strong sense of shared identity.

The Vista Grove Initiative, a group of civic-minded Vista Grove citizens, was formed to foster positive dialogue in our community about the best means for us to:

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

--Create opportunities in Vista Grove for citizens to enhance quality of life for themselves and their families through civic participation, economic development, recreational opportunities, and educational achievement.

--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.

Incorporating our community is one possible means, but by no means the only or exclusive one. We are linked with and part of our county and state, and we have cities adjacent to us from whom we can learn, and with whom we will need to engage and work constructively. We hope you share this vision of working together to discuss and help define our shared future and that you will join the conversation by volunteering!


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Sign the petition

As members of the Vista Grove community in the Lakeside High School attendance area in North DeKalb, we value our collective quality of life. We live, work, play, and send our children to school in this community, and, whatever our ultimate conclusion about incorporation, we want to preserve our best options and afford ourselves the most choice about our civic future. With the changes that continue to occur around us, including various actual and proposed annexations, we believe we must act now to preserve those options, including possible cityhood.

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Our Petition

To preserve for us the best possible set of choices about our community's civic future, we request that you sponsor and support introduction of a bill in the Georgia General Assembly authorizing the possible incorporation of our Vista Grove community.

You can also help us collect names with a copy of the petition you can print out and take with you.

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Take Action

Join the conversation, and help us make our Vista Grove community stronger! If you are interested in exploring how we can control our future and create positive change in our community, bookmark

Most critically, please go to our Petition page and support giving our community a choice. Whatever our ultimate conclusion is, we all need to know how cityhood done the RIGHT way would work, and what the benefits and risks are. Not all of us will have the same opinion, but we all have our community's best future at heart. We want to give ourselves a meaningful CHOICE: status quo, possible annexation of some or all of our area, or possible creation of our own city. Please sign this Petition to let our legislators know we at least want the OPTION to consider all alternatives.

The introduction of a cityhood bill simply means the start of a two-year process, not that we have decided once and for all. On the other hand, if we miss the chance now, that choice may pass us by. The Vista Grove Initiative (VGI) was founded with the idea that  positive dialogue, self-determination for our community, and an active role in our future are values we all share.

So SIGN the Petition. Go to Spread The Word and send a link to the VGI website to others. Then, talk to your friends, neighbors, and elected representatives to let them know you value our Vista Grove community and are interested in having a true choice, in understanding whether incorporation is or is not the best way to strengthen us economically and improve the quality of life for our families now and for generations to come.

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