Tuesday, January 6, 2009

PCID Continues Assault on Dunwoody

As a result of a brief battle in the State House pitting Dunwoody against the larger, more powerful DeKalb County, Dunwoody secured victory and acquired control of the region at the southwest border of the city proper. This region, known by the acronym PCID, has been lobbing destruction, deceptively labeled "smart growth", at Dunwoody for several years. The latest volley in this lopsided engagement is the construction of yet another apartment complex in the PCID.

The quasi-governmental PCID strategy, often supported by DeKalb County to the south, is to construct high density residential settlements within the western strip they lay claim to, with the intent of overloading the surrounding transportation and education infrastructure. This dissipates the resources of the surrounding community since the PCID does nothing to support these services. In fact, even with the territory they control, less than ten percent of the money for their "project portfolio" comes from the PCID, with the rest obtained from outside supporters. To date, the PCID has been winning both the war on the ground and public propaganda campaigns.

It is time for the City of Dunwoody to engage the PCID forcefully to protect the City and the County Schools within the City. Dunwoody should take these steps immediately:
  • Work closely with DeKalb County Schools (not the County, but the Schools) to coordinate the imposition of school infrastructure impact fees to build adequate schools in the PCID.
  • Alternatively, coordinate with DCS to supervise the construction of schools within the PCID by the PCID for the settlers they have moved into the PCID.
  • Put in place an IGA with Sandy Springs and Fulton County to coordinate all PCID related activities.
  • Impose a sewer hookup moratorium until the PCID acknowledges its transgressions and provides meaningful commitment to redress the damage already done.
  • Demand the PCID pay reparations, restructure and institute procedures that protect the surrounding communities.
  • Impose a transportation toll on the PCID to cover needed repairs and maintenance to City streets caused by the PCID's irresponsible growth.
  • Put in place procedures that ensure the PCID activities are monitored, preventing recurrence of these problems.
It is imperative that the City take control of this territory before it becomes an even more powerful breeding ground of economic terrorism than it already is.