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Monthly Update from
Mayor Joseph Geierman

As I close out my first full month as your mayor, a few things have become clear to me:

1. The city must improve its procurement processes. Too many important projects have been delayed or never started because our staff did not have the resources to work on them. 

2. As GDOT prepares to build elevated toll lanes through our city, it's imperative that Doraville must conduct an official mobility study whose results the state agency can incorporate into its planning.

I expect the council to respond to both of these deficiencies in February. I think both will create long-term dividends for our residents.
Joseph For Doraville
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Top End Toll Lanes / Doraville Mobility Study

This month, GDOT finally unveiled their initial plans for the toll lanes they plan to build along I-285. You can view PDFs showing the part of the new roads that will go through Doraville here. You can also view them at city hall - we have printed large format versions that people can look at in person. 

There is an opportunity for GDOT to incorporate some planning for future forms of mobility (bike and pedestrian access; various road improvements) into their ultimate design - but this can't happen unless we have a plan to share with them. Other cities along I-285 have created mobility plans to flesh out these details. Doraville needs to do the same.

The Chamblee-Doraville CID - a special community improvement district made of commercial property owners along Buford Highway and Peachtree Boulevard - is going to do its own mobility study of its footprint, and is allowing the city of Doraville to piggy back on top of what they are doing in our residential areas. This is a good opportunity that I believe the council will  consider taking part in at the February meeting.

Planning Commission Opening

Are you interested in land use planning, architecture, and facilitating good development in Doraville? If so, then the Planning Commission might be the place for you! 

It's a small commitment with great reward. Responsibilities include: 
  • Attending monthly commission meetings
  • Reviewing zoning and conditional use permits
  • Making recommendations to council
  • Providing valuable feedback on the city's comprehensive plan
  • Helping shape the direction of our city's future growth.

If you are interested in applying, Please fill out the PDF at this link and email it to

Winter Council Retreat

On January 11th, the council held a retreat to discuss its priorities for the year. The entire meeting was recorded and can be viewed here.
Wednesday, February 5, is the first day that Dekalb County will provide trash service to residents of Doraville. The fact sheet above has some information about the new service. If you have any difficulties during the transition, please call city hall at 770-451-8745
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