Agendas & Minutes
Mayor and City Council
The Mayor and City Council determine policies, enact legislation and provide political leadership in the community. For 2013, Mayor and Council meetings are held on the second Monday of each month at 7:00 p.m. in the City Hall Council chambers, and a work session is held on the fourth Monday at 5:30 in the Community Room (basement level) of City Hall.
The City of Duluth is governed by a Mayor and five Councilmembers, who each run for a specific post but are elected by a City-wide popular vote. City elections are non partisan; i.e. candidates do not run as members of a particular political party, and their individual party affiliations are not relevant to their positions in City government. Elected officials serve for terms of four (4) years and until their respective successors are elected and qualified. The council members who hold posts 1,2 and 3 shall be elected in the same odd year; The Mayor and Councilmembers who hold posts 4 and 5 shall be elected in the alternating odd year.
Alcohol Review Board
The Alcoholic Beverage Review Board shall be composed of five (5) members and two (2) alternates who shall be nominated by the Mayor and Council of the City of Duluth to serve a two-year term. A quorum of the Alcoholic Beverage Review Board shall be five regular members or alternates.
- Member must pass a background check conducted by the City’s Police Dept.
No Alcoholic Beverage Review Board member may be nominated or may serve if convicted of: Driving under the Influence; any felony or misdemeanor of any state, or of the United States; or any municipal ordinance except traffic violations not related to Driving Under the Influence, within a period of ten (10) years immediately prior to nomination or service.
- Members are appointed by the Mayor and Council for a two-year term
The Alcoholic Beverage Review Board conducts meetings as necessary. The meetings are usually called when; a request has been made for an amendment to the City’s Alcoholic Beverage Ordinance, to serve as an appeal board when an applicant has been denied a permit/license to sell alcoholic beverages, or due to applicant’s violation of city ordinances.
Parks & Recreation Advisory Board
The City of Duluth Parks and Recreation Advisory Board is a seven member volunteer board appointed by the Duluth City Council. Seven members reside within the City limits and the eighth member may reside within the City limits or own and operate a business within the City limits. The eight member board serves two year terms with alternating appointment dates. The board provides advice, and guidance to staff, and elected officials in the best interest of the City to meet the recreational needs of all segments of the population within the community. The board is responsible for the development of park facilities that include projects associated with funding from SPLOST (Special Local Option Sales tax), recreational policies and procedures, citizen input, budget support, and public relation support. The board meets the first Wednesday of every month except for holiday months, January and July in which the meetings are scheduled for the second Wednesday of the month.
The City of Duluth Parks and Recreation Department is looking for a volunteer to serve on the Parks and Recreation Advisory Board to fulfill the vacated term of newly elected Council member Billy Jones.
Downtown Development Authority
The Downtown Development Authority shall be composed of seven (7) members created and appointed by the City Council and recognized by the State of Georgia as a public corporation with a specified set of powers and a specific purpose and mission to:
- Revitalize and redevelop the central business district.
- Develop and promote for the public good and general welfare, trade, commerce, industry, and employment opportunities.
- Finance projects within the central business district that will develop and promote the public good and general welfare.
- Issue bonds to finance projects.
Four (4) members of this board must have or represent a party who has an economic interest in the redevelopment and revitalization of the downtown development area (ie own or operate a business or own property). The three remaining members must reside in the City limits of Duluth. Members are appointed for a four-year term. The Downtown Development Authority meets the third Tuesday of every month at the Duluth Festival Center at 6:30 pm.
The Duluth Planning Commission meets on the first and third Monday of each month at Duluth City Hall. A pre-meeting work session, which is open to the public, begins at 6:30 p.m. and the regular session begins promptly at 7:00 p.m. The Planning Commission considers zoning ordinance amendments, speed hump petitions, zoning changes, land use changes, and special use permits. It may also be utilized to do research on other issues at the direction of Duluth City Council. The Planning Commission consists of five appointed members: a Chairman who is appointed by the Mayor, Vice Chairman, Secretary, two regular members, and an Alternate. The Alternate is a non-voting member, unless there is an absence at a meeting. One member of the Planning Commission also serves on the Zoning Board of Appeals. If you would like to submit information for review by the Planning Commission, please submit to Chris Collins via e-mail or fax to 770-814-3008. Click on the following links for applications for Annexation, Rezoning, Modification, or Special Use Permit.
Zoning Board of Appeals
The Duluth Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) meets on the fourth Wednesday of each month at Duluth City Hall. A pre-meeting work session, which is open to the public, begins at 6:30 p.m. and the regular meeting beings promptly at 7:00 p.m. The ZBA considers variances, conditional use permits and appeals, and may be utilized to work on special projects at the direction of Duluth City Council. The ZBA consists of five appointed members: Chairman, Vice Chairman, Secretary, two regular members, and an Alternate. The Alternate is a non-voting member, unless there is an absence at a meeting.
The responsibilities of the ZBA is to consider applications for Conditional Use Permits and Variances to the requirements of the Zoning Ordinance or the City’s Buffer, Landscape & Tree Ordinance. For instance, a reduction in building setback or encroachment into a buffer would be heard by the ZBA. If you would like to submit something for review by the Zoning Board of Appeals, please submit via to Chris Collins via e-mail or fax to 770-814-3008. Click here for the applications for Appeal, Variance or Conditional Use Permit.
The Finance (Investment) Committee is composed of up to eight (8) members. This committee consists of two (2) members of the governing body, one (1) to four (4) city residents with investment experience, one (1) of who shall be designated as an alternate, the city’s Budget and Accounting Supervisor, and the city’s Human Resource Manager. The Committee shall include in its deliberations such topics as: Economic Outlook, portfolio diversification and maturity structure, potential risks to city funds, brokers and dealers, and the target rate-of-return on the investment portfolio. The Committee shall perform such other duties as may be assigned, or upon motion of the governing body.
Korean Task Force
The Korean Task Force was organized to proactively identify and address challenges affecting both Korean Americans and community leaders in order to enhance the quality of life for all Duluth citizens.
Gateway Art Project Committee
The Gateway Art Project Committee was formed by Mayor Harris to manage the process of obtaining a one-of-a-kind artwork for the center of the West Lawrenceville/Irvindale/McClure Bridge roundabout. Approximately 20 members are working on the project, which is expected to be completed in 2013.