Boards & Commissions
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.
If you are interested in recreational activities, park facilities and developing recreational opportunities for the City, please apply and complete the Application for Appointments or contact Kathy Marelle.
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 City Hall 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.
Core Preservation District Review Board (Commercial Sub-Area)
The Duluth Commercial Preservation District Review Board meets on an as-needed basis at Duluth City Hall. The meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. and are open to the public. The Board considers properties located within the commercial core preservation district (CPD-C) and the Central Business District (CBD). This board consists of four members of the Downtown Development Authority and three members of the CPD-R. The application for the Core Preservation District Review Board’s review and please submit via email to Chris Collins or fax to 770-814-3008.
Core Preservation District Review Board (Residential Sub-Area)
The Duluth Residential Preservation District Review Board (CPD-R) meets on an as needed basis and reviews applications for improvements or development within the CPD-R district, which is the sections of West Lawrenceville Street from Hill Street to Irvindale Road. Improvements include additions, painting, exterior renovations, signage, or other improvements to the exterior or to the property. The application for the Core Preservation District Review Board’s review and please submit via email to Chris Collins or fax to 770-814-3008.
Construction Board of Adjustment and Appeals
The Construction Board of Adjustments and Appeals meets on the second Monday of each month, as needed, at 6:00 p.m. at Duluth City Hall. This Board will consider variances and modifications of the Duluth Building Code.
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. If you are interested in becoming involved or would like more information please contact the following KTF members:
Jenny Wesselmann: firstname.lastname@example.org
Clayton Lee: email@example.com
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.
Board of Ethics
The Mayor and Council members shall each designate two (2) qualified citizens to provide a pool of twelve (12) individuals who have consented to serve and will be available for a period of two (2) years to be called upon to serve in the event a Board of Ethics is appointed. Five (5) residents from the pool of twelve to be pulled to serve for at least one (1) year immediately preceding the date of taking office and shall remain a resident of the City while serving as a member or within the preceding one year period, any interest in any contract, transaction, or official action of the City.
The board duties are as follows:
- To establish procedures, rules and regulations governing its internal organization and conduct of its affairs.
- To hold a hearing within sixty (60) days after the receipt of complaint. Failure to hold a hearing within the specified time shall result in dismissal of the complaint as to the transaction and shall prevent refilling if a complaint arises in the same incident for at least a period of six (6) months.
- To prescribe forms, approved by the City Attorney, for the disclosure required in the Ordinance and to make available to the public information disclosed as provided.
- To receive and hear complaints of violations of the standards required by the ordinance.
- To make such investigation and response to a complaint as it deems necessary to determine whether any person has violated any provisions of the Ordinance
- To hold such hearings and make such inquiries as deemed necessary to investigate and rule upon complaints;
- To report its findings to the City Council for such action as the City Council deems appropriate.