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Departmental Vision
The vision of the Department of Planning and Community Development is to take a leadership role in creating opportunities for our City to continue to grow and sustain our diverse communities that define and give Atlanta its unique character.

Departmental Mission
The mission of the Department of Planning and Community Development is to guide the development of the City through effective measures of planning, design review, construction plan approval, code compliance, and housing assistance.

Bureau of Buildings

Vision- To become a modern, dynamic, and efficient organization with customer friendly structure and practices that rivals the best in the nation.

Mission- To safeguard the public health, safety, and general welfare by enforcing the adopted Codes by the City of Atlanta through addressing structural strength, means of egress facilities, stability, sanitation, adequate light and ventilation, energy consumption, and safety to life and property from fire and other hazards attributed to the built environment.

Bureau of Housing

Vision-The vision of the Bureau of Housing is to develop and maintain partnerships with organizations and stakeholders that seek to foster the creation of affordable housing in an effective and efficient manner. Our customers consist of homeowners, low income families/persons, non-profits, NPUs, homeless persons, developers, investors and more. We offer services of rental assistance for low income families, loans for multifamily developments, rehabilitation for dilapidated structures and sustenance of affordable housing stock available in the City of Atlanta. (Our Policy is to administer HOME/CDBG funds in correlation with National, State, and local mandates.)

Mission- The mission of the Bureau of Housing is to promote coordinated community development
and support the production and rehabilitation of safe, sanitary, and affordable housing,
thus stimulating the economic development opportunities for the residents of the City of Atlanta.

Bureau of Planning

Urban Design Commission


  • Identify and protect buildings, sites and districts that
    have special character, historic interest, or aesthetic value.

  • Raise awareness of and appreciation for buildings, sites and
    districts that have special character, historic interest or aesthetic

  • Promote a high quality of design and construction in the City's
    built environment.

Contact Info
Department of Planning & Community Development
55 Trinity Avenue
Suite 1450
Atlanta, GA 30303
Tel: 404.330.6070
Fax: 404.658.7638

James E. Shelby Commissioner
Tel: 404.330.6037
Fax: 404.658.7638
Contact: Cora Kilpatrick

Terri M. Lee
Deputy Commissioner
Tel: 404.330.6070
Fax: 404.658.7638
Contact: Lydia Fares

Bureau of Buildings
Don Rosenthal, Director
Tel: 404.330.6152
Fax: 404.546-9707
Contact: Andrea McLane

Bureau of Housing

Derrick Jordan, Interim Director
Tel: 404.330.6390
Fax: 404.658.6950
Contact: Jackie Ragan

Bureau of Planning
Charletta Jacks, Director
Tel: 404.330.6248
Fax: 404.658.7491
Contact: Brenda Warner

Atlanta Urban Design Commission
Tel: 404.330.6200
Fax: 404.658.6734
Contact: Denise Potts

Last updated: 11/8/2013 9:06:45 AM