Get Involved! Applications Now Being Accepted For Decatur Boards

DECATUR, GA — The Decatur City Commission is accepting statements of interest from residents for volunteer service on the Environmental Sustainability Board, the Historic Preservation Commission and the Zoning Board of Appeals. Descriptions of the board responsibilities and access to the Statement of Interest form can be found at

You can return the form via email to City Manager Andrea Arnold, or mail it to her attention at City of Decatur, PO Box 220, Decatur GA 30031.

Here are the opportunities available:

Environmental Sustainability Board

The Environmental Sustainability Board provides recommendations to the City Commission regarding the city’s environmental regulations, plans and initiatives. It 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 issues and making recommendations to the board: natural systems, resource conservation, energy and transportation, and education and outreach. Upcoming projects 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 conducts 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.

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