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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 27, 2017
City of Atlanta Department of Planning and Community Development Changes Name to Reflect New Services and Improvements
ATLANTA– The City of Atlanta announced today that the Atlanta City Council has approved for the Department of Planning and Community Development to be renamed the Department of City Planning. The name change comes as a result of an internal reorganization and several improvements conducted to ensure efficient city planning, a streamlined permitting process and best-in-class customer service.
“Our department is committed to high quality, sustainable and equitable growth and development in Atlanta,” said Tim Keane, Commissioner of the Department of City Planning. “As the diverse communities that define and give Atlanta its distinguishing character grow and sustain, we’re progressing with them. We wanted to simplify the name while also being representative of our progression and commitment to improving all aspects of planning for the City of Atlanta.”
Following the reorganization, the department encompasses the following divisions to guide effective measures of planning, design review, construction plan approval, code compliance and housing assistance:
- Office of Buildings
- Office of Zoning and Development
- Office of Housing and Community Development
- Office of Mobility Planning
- Office of Design
For the past two years, the Department has worked diligently to enhance the services offered by the City of Atlanta’s Department of City Planning, with a targeted focus on the permitting process. The Department established a Technical Advisory Committee made up of industry leaders to offer their expertise, a certification process to increase staff’s technical capacity and knowledge, and created a combination inspection program which improves customer service.
The Department of City Planning works closely with Neighborhood Planning Units, independent community organizations and developers to provide policy guidance and assistance to support growth in the community.
On May 3, the Department of City Planning will host its annual Customer Appreciation Day. Customers of the Department will have the opportunity to attend a forum highlighting the department’s permitting improvements, and learn more about the new Development Services division within the Office of Zoning and Development. The forum will begin at 11:00 a.m. in Atlanta City Hall’s Atrium. Customers can also enjoy lunch, interact with the department offices and take a short tour of the revamped office environments.
“As Commissioner, I have seen firsthand how Atlanta’s residents and business leaders desire an active, engaged approach to urban planning and design, and with our new systems in place, I’m certain we will meet their expectations. Through the leadership of Mayor Reed, our department is focused on the future of the City of Atlanta and has made it a priority to ensure that everyone can be a part of the process,” said Tim Keane.
The Department of City Planning
The mission of the Department of City Planning is to enable high quality, sustainable and equitable growth and development of Atlanta by facilitating more options for travel, abundant housing for all people, thriving neighborhoods, exceptional design in architecture and public spaces, preservation of historic resources, innovative regulatory practices, safe and durable buildings, attentive customer service, and resident involvement in all our work.
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