Neighborhood Planning Units (NPUs) are citizen advisory councils that make recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on zoning, land-use, licensing, and other planning issues.
The NPU system was established in 1974 by Mayor Maynard Jackson to provide an opportunity for citizens to participate actively in the Comprehensive Development Plan, which is the City’s vision for the next 5, 10, and 15 years. It is also used as a way for the citizens to receive information concerning all functions of City government. The system enables the citizens to express ideas and comment on City plans and proposals while assisting the City in developing plans which best meet the needs of different areas.
Membership is open to anyone 18 years or older whose primary residence is within the NPU, as well as to any corporation, organization, institution, or agency which owns property or has a place of business within the NPU.
The NPU has 3 different committees, zoning, development & transportation, and public safety, which make recommendations to the City Council for review.
NPU-B is one of 25 Neighborhood Planning Units established by the city of Atlanta to:
- Allow citizen input on community issues involving zoning, development infrastructure, crime, and delivery of city services;
- Distribute information and facilitate communication between citizens, their representatives and various city departments;
- Make recommendations on Variance Applications to the Board of Zoning Adjustment (BZA) for final decision;
- Make recommendations on Zoning Applications and Special Use Applications to the Zoning Review Board (ZRB) which sends their recommendations to City Council for final decision;
- Make recommendations on Subdivision Applications to the Subdivision Review Committee, Office of Planning; and
- Make recommendations to the Office of Planning and City Council on Applications that would change the Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP).
Atlanta citizens living or working in NPU-B are eligible to serve on the Board of Representatives. Indicate your interest in the viability and stability of our business and neighborhood communities. Contact the Business Coordinator about serving as a Business Representative, or, to serve as a Residential Representative contact your neighborhood civic association in Brookhaven, Buckhead Forest, Buckhead Heights, Chastain Park East, Garden Hills, North Buckhead, Peachtree Heights East, Peachtree Heights West, Peachtree Hills, Peachtree Park, Ridgedale Park, Pine Hills or South Tuxedo Park.