Decatur City Commission seeks new members for city boards
The Decatur City Commission is currently looking for new members for the Environmental Sustainability Board, the Historic Preservation Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals.
These positions are volunteer-based openings for Decatur residents. Position summaries as well as a Statement of Interest application form are listed on: decaturga.com/resident-boards-commissions.
Statements of interest should be sent to City Manager Andrea Arnold via email: Andrea.Arnold@decaturga.com, or by mail: City of Decatur, PO Box 220, Decatur GA 30031.
Here’s information about each board, provided by the city of Decatur.
Environmental Sustainability Board
The Environmental Sustainability Board (ESB) provides recommendations to the City Commission regarding the city’s environmental regulations, plans and initiatives. The ESB also assists with implementation of city projects that affect the natural environment, to protect and improve the quality of life for citizens and property owners.
Four active committees are responsible for researching specific is-sues and making recommendations to the board: Natural Systems, Resource Conservation, Energy and Transportation, and Education and Outreach. Upcoming projects for the ESB include the Green Restaurant Recognition program, festival waste management, the Decatur Focus Green Insert, and serving as liaisons for the Stormwater Master Plan.
The board meets on the third Friday of each month at 8 a.m. at the Decatur Recreation Center.
Historic Preservation Commission
The HPC was established by local ordinance to ensure that renovations and new construction in Decatur’s five Local Historic Districts are consistent with the character of the neighborhoods. The five districts are McDonough-Adams-King’s Highway, Ponce de Leon Court, Old Decatur, Parkwood, and the Clairemont Historic District.
The Commission must approve exterior projects for homes located within these districts by issuing a Certificate of Appropriateness be-fore a building permit can be issued. Some projects may be administratively approved through the issuance of a Certificate of Exemption.
The board meets the third Tuesday of each month, 6:30 p.m., in the City Commission meeting room at Decatur City Hall.
Zoning Board of Appeals
The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA), established by local ordinance, con-ducts public hearings on appeals from decisions of the zoning administrator and of the UDO administrator, and considers requests for variances from zoning requirements.
The board meets on the second Monday of each month, 7:30 p.m., in the City Commission meeting room at Decatur City Hall.