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James E. Shelby was named Commissioner of the Department of Planning and Community Development in October 2008 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, Code Compliance, Housing and Planning.

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

  • Completing Project Greenspace, which identified 12 major initiatives designed to grow, manage and build capacity to connect citizens to parks, recreation facilities, streetscapes and greenways.
  • Launching a new, automated system called Accela Automation that allows citizens and businesses to apply and pay for, schedule or cancel building inspections online.
  • Implementing a $16.2 million Neighborhood Stabilization Program to acquire, rehab and resale housing units left vacant by the national foreclosure crisis.

Mr. Shelby hails from Jackson, Mississippi, where he served as Planning Director 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.

Mr. Shelby holds a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Science in City and Regional Planning from Illinois Institute of Technology. He served as Board Director for the National American Planning Association and is a member of numerous professional associations including the American Planning Association where he served as Secretary, Treasurer, Vice President and President of the Mississippi Chapter. He currently serves as Legislative Chair for the Georgia Planning Association.

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

Office of Buildings
Don Rosenthal, Director
Tel: 404.330.6152
Fax: 404.546-9707
Contact: Angela Epps

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

Office 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

Last updated: 12/2/2013 3:58:21 PM