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James E. Shelby is the Commissioner of the Department of Planning and Community Development where he oversees a staff or nearly 200 personnel. In this capacity, Commissioner Shelby is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the Offices of Buildings, Housing and Planning.

Under his leadership, Commissioner Shelby achieved several major milestones for the City of Atlanta, including:

  • Leading the completion of several affordable housing developments including the renovation of the historic Imperial Hotel and Betmar Village, a senior citizen complex.
  • Completing the creation of an Enterprise Fund for the Office of Buildings. 
  • Implementing the City's first Lead Hazard Control Grant and helping to treat over 150 housing units and reducing lead exposure to children under age six.
  • Establishing the City's first Urban Gardens ordinance that offers guidelines to local growers and community members about how, where and when to operate a garden.
  • Launching the City's first Neighborhood Planning Unit Grant Program.

During the Reed Administration, Shelby led the City's bicycle transportation initiatives such as managing the completion of the city's first, two-way cycle track and overseeing the launch of the first Bike Share Program.  He is also responsible for helping Atlanta reach other bicycle transportation goals including doubling the bicycle to work commute mode share from 1.1% to 2.2% by 2016. Under Shelby's guidance his department is also working to help the City of Atlanta become a top ten city for bicycling.

Prior to his current position with the City of Atlanta, Shelby served as Planning Director for the City of Jackson, Mississippi for six years and was recognized throughout the region for his leadership in city planning and affordable housing. He has also served as an adjunct professor at Jackson State University.

Shelby earned a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in City and Regional Planning from Illinois Institute of Technology - Chicago. He served on the Board Directors for the National American Planning Association and served as Secretary-Treasurer.  Shelby also served as President and Vice-President of the Mississippi Chapter of the American Planning Association.

Last updated: 8/27/2014 4:14:40 PM