Boards and Commissions
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, 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 contact Bill Aiken. 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 contact Bill Aiken. Click here for the applications for Appeal, Variance or Conditional Use Permit.
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.
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. Contact Bill Aiken for information.
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.
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
Duluth Public Arts Commission
DPAC meets on the second Wedensday of each month, as needed, at 6:30 p.m. at Duluth City Hall.
The Three Primary Goals of DPAC:
1. To promote the training, development and performance of performing arts.
2. To maintain the City’s existing public art collection.
3. To commission, acquire and exhibit new public works of art.
The vision for the DPAC and intention of this program is to preserve the City’s heritage, enhance its character and identity, contribute to economic development and tourism, add beauty and interest to public spaces and architecture and increase opportunities for the public to experience, and participate in the arts. This will be done through the performance, acquisition and installation of world-class public art. All inquiries regarding the Duluth Public Arts Commission should be directed to the Community Development Director.