Meeting June 26, 10-11 a.m.

We will discuss the proposed text amendment to prohibit late-night establishments, tree-planting initiative on Hairston Road, the upcoming meeting on the Panola/Young development, and Hairston Park.

Join the Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 851 3335 5523

Passcode: 177619

Phone: 646-558-8656

Click here to access background on the text amendment.

Click here to access the May 15 meeting minutes.

Your Opinion Wanted on New Plan for Panola/Young Road Site and Future of County

Meeting on New Plans for Panola Road/Young Road   

CityView Design Build has digested the results of our survey, and now they are ready to get feedback on a new proposal for 1744 and 1762 Panola Road.  This address is next to Family Dollar, catty-corner from Berean Christian Church.

This a pre-submittal community meeting, and will be followed with the regular Planning review.   

The request is to rezone the existing parcels from R-100 (residential) to C-1 (commercial) to construct a neighborhood retail center.

Please join the meeting on  Zoom on Wednesday, June 30, 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., at the link below. Plans will be presented and comments heard.

Meeting ID: 738 1828 7867

Passcode: 501WCD

Background: In March, after hearing from the community, the developers withdrew their proposal to put a gas station there. 

Note: If you would like, you can see the results of the survey of the community about their preferences at this link:

Get involved in deciding future transportation and land use needs in DeKalb County. Take the online survey. Your opinion matters.

Zig Ziglar, the inspirational business leader, said, “A goal properly set is halfway reached.” 

You can help DeKalb County set goals and head in your preferred direction. Just take the survey. Share your opinion! Influence the future!

Go to this site for information:

Click the link to take our survey

June Update on Our Community

Police on Patrol at Troubled Intersection

The DeKalb County Police Department has been responsive to calls for more patrols near Redan and S. Hairston following a deadly shooting late on May 16. More than two dozen shots were fired into a crowd of people outside a smoke shop next to the Chevron station. In addition to more patrols, the Tucker Police Precinct held its roll call on the site on May 19, and many police cars have been visible in the area. 

Police Chief Mirtha Ramos held a public Zoom meeting on May 18.  Assistant Chief Gregory Padrick says that the business licenses are being checked.  Major Hughes and Major Medlin says that cameras are effective, and they have encouraged the store owners to get cameras.   Just a week before this tragic crime, Major Hughes was on a Zoom call with the community talking about crime and how the police are targeting hotspots.

The police urge you to call 911 if you see suspected criminal activity.

If the call is not urgent, call 404 294-7911 or 678 406 7932. Those numbers were provided by Major Hughes.

Several people in the community have asked the chief to put a precinct in the area, and she said that she would give it some thought.

The DeKalb Police Department urges you to follow them on social media:

Twitter:   #WeAreDKPD


Golf and Tennis Tournament at Sugar Creek

On June 11 – 12, Sugar Creek is holding its first annual golf and tennis tournament.  It’s part of the grand celebration of the reopening of the golf and tennis facility in South DeKalb County. 

Friday, June 11

6:00pm-9:00pm – Tennis Tournament and Meet & Greet

Saturday, June 12

8:00am – 1:00pm – Golf Tournament

** Tennis Registration includes: Friday night Meet & Greet.

** Golf Registration includes: Friday night Meet & Greet, breakfast and lunch on Saturday.

For more information and to register, go to

Get involved in deciding future transportation and land use needs in DeKalb County.

Several public meetings have been held about the direction we would like to go in the next 30 years. You can still take the online survey.  Share your opinion! Influence the future!

Go to this site for information and to take the survey:

Lidl is opening June 9 on Covington Highway, just west of Panola. 

We’ve been waiting for this store for a long time.  The first public hearing we had on it was Dec. 16, 2016.

Update on Pep Boys at S. Hairston/Covington

It’s not closing, but is transitioning to a “dedicated service center,” according to the staff.  There will not be parts and retail sales beginning July 11. It will still offer auto repairs.

Judge Delays Decision on Controversial Stonecrest Recycling Plant

On April 28, for about six hours, the case was made for and against Metro Green Recycling’s controversial cement plant on 50 acres near Miller Middle School (on Snapfinger Woods Drive and Miller Road).  The case has languished for months.  A citizen activist group and various elected officials contend that the company was improperly authorized by the Environmental Protection Division (EPD).  Metro Green disputes the claim and points out that the city of Stonecrest wrote a letter of approval to the EPD. DeKalb Superior Court Judge Tangela Barrie says she must consider the arguments before she makes a ruling.  To read the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s article on the hearing, click here.

Slaughterhouse Continues to Violate County Law

The slaughtering continues at 1676 Rice Road, Lithonia (near Redan Elementary School) as we wait for the case to go to trial. Rudolph Bradford, owner of Bradford Home & Grounds, has been cited for operating a business without a license, a business NOT allowed in a residential zone, and for violating a cease-and-desist order issued March 1, 2019.  He is countersuing. 

According to GA Department of Agriculture records, he has slaughtered more than 500 cows, pigs, goats, and sheep this year.  Since the department first started keeping records on him, he has slaughtered 4,816 animals at this residential property since Jan. 31, 2016.

The pandemic kept Superior Court from holding trials. Hopefully, this case will be on the docket soon.   

Our next Greater Hidden Hills Community Development Meeting is June 26, 10 a.m. 

Join us at this link:

Meeting ID: 851 3335 5523

Passcode: 177619

Thank you for reading the update.  Stay safe and continue building our great community.

Jan Costello
GHHCDC President