Proponents of a city of Brookhaven now plan to drop the DeKalb-Peachtree Airport from the area to be included in the proposed city, according to Rep. Mike Jacobs.
Jacobs said commercial properties located across Clairmont Road from the Ashford Park and Drew Valley neighborhoods would be taken in to the new city under the boundaries now proposed.
Earlier maps of the proposed city had included about half of the PDK airport in the city of Brookhaven. That proposal drew criticism because the other half of the airport is in the city of Chamblee.
“DeKalb County officials have convinced me that there is no real benefit to have PDK in the city limits,” Jacobs, R-DeKalb County, said in a email on Jan. 16. “The county and the FAA control the airport. The city of Brookhaven would exercise no control over it.”
Jacobs and Rep. Tom Taylor, R-Dunwoody, have introduced legislation to create the new city. The latest map, release by Jacobs, shows the new city taking in an area bounded roughly by Chamblee, Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Atlanta, a stretch of I-85, a portion of Clairmont Road and PDK.
He has said he expects the plan to be considered by the state Legislature this year. If the Legislature approves it, the proposal for a new city could go before voters in the area this summer.
Groups that have organized to campaign against the proposal area asking lawmakers for more time for public debate over the proposal.