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Commissioner Tim Keane

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The Office of the Commissioner provides leadership, policy direction and centralized staff support for the Offices of Buildings, Design, Housing and Community Development, Mobility Planning and Zoning and Development. Support services include administration, budget, personnel management, legislative liaison, policy collaboration and coordination and technical support and workload functions.

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 public engagement in all our work.

On September 6, 2017 we released a plan that envisions what Atlanta could look like in the future. The Atlanta City Design will help guide upcoming decisions on development, investments and influence policy to ensure intentional design for the city. To learn more, view The Atlanta City Design: Aspiring to the Beloved Community


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 Commissioner Tim Keane has served the department since July, 2015.  During this time, the department has successfully:

• Reorganized to serve Atlanta better 

• Received Choice Neighborhood Grant and Promise designation from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development for the Office of Housing. 

• Launched the Atlanta City Studio (a pop-up studio now located in Cascade Heights; previously located in Ponce City Market)

• Held Annual Customer Appreciation Day

• Created New Customer Teams 

• Measured Progress in the Office of Buildings 

• Onboarded Ryan Gravel to lead the Atlanta City Design Project that will guide the City’s growth. 

• Overhauled Zoning in the Office of Planning - now the Office of Zoning and Development


New commercial construction projects in Atlanta may be eligible for special exemptions for parking requirements under a new electric vehicle charging station ordinance.  See the details here.  

Atlanta's Tree Protection Ordinance is Being Updated

The City of Atlanta’s Tree Protection Ordinance sets clear rules for the removal of trees, protects healthy trees during construction, and provides guidelines about planting new trees. The goal of Atlanta’s Tree Protection Ordinance is to prevent a net loss of trees and tree canopy on both public and private property and to ensure that Atlanta continues to enjoy the many benefits provided by its urban forest. Read the draft update to the ordinance.


Historic Legislation Passes with Council Approval & Paves Way for Urban, Market Gardens
We worked closely with local produce growers and community organizations interested in addressing food deserts in the city of Atlanta.  Here's a quick reference guide that sums up the legislation
Need Guidance on Your Building Plans? One-Hour Walk-in Appointments for Plan Review Can Help.
Walk-in Sessions Are Now Available on Tues., and Thursdays in the Office of Buildings. 
More details.
Get Details and Information about the City's Premier Report on Housing Conditions and Neighborhoods via the link below. 
Strategic Community Investment Report (Housing Study)


City of Atlanta Supports 2013 Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice Study

In compliance with the Federal Fair Housing Act, the City of Atlanta administers its housing and urban development programs in a manner as to affirmatively further fair housing (AFFH). As a direct recipient of CDBG funds from U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development, the City is required periodically to conduct an assessment of the barriers to housing choice and to develop a plan for overcoming the impediments identified. Any actions, omissions or decisions taken because of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, disability or familial status that restrict housing choices are considered "impediments".

The Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice (AI) is a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)-mandated review of impediments or barriers to affirmatively further fair housing choice within any jurisdiction that receives federal funds. These barriers vary from housing discrimination to accessibility. The City of Atlanta is then required to develop a plan for overcoming these impediments which must be outlined in the AI. Upon the request of the City of Atlanta, this document was written by Metro Fair Housing, a nationally recognized Atlanta based non-profit in the field of Fair Housing that has demonstrated capacity in writing and implementing AI’s for other municipalities.

The AI involves the following reviews and assessments:

  •  A review of a jurisdiction’s laws, regulations, and administrative policies, procedures and practices;
  • An assessment of how those laws, policies and practices affect the location availability and accessibility of housing; 
  • An assessment of conditions, both public and private, affecting fair housing choices for all protected classes; and 
  • An assessment of the availability of affordable and accessibility housing. 
  • An Action Plan to guide the jurisdiction in affirmatively furthering fair housing.

Legislation was passed authorizing the Mayor to enter into the Voluntary Compliance Agreement (VCA) that includes the completion and certification of the AI. In accordance with the VCA, the AI was completed and submitted to HUD on January 24, 2014 by Metro Fair Housing. HUD reviewed the document and found it to be in compliance. The Mayor signed and certified the AI on December 30, 2014, affirming that the city will carry out the actions identified in the AI to affirmatively further fair housing.

Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice 2013 - Pt. 1

Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice 2013 - Pt. 2

Let us know what you think. Take a brief survey and share your thoughts with us about fair housing choices in Atlanta.

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2013 Annual Report

2011 Annual Report


Plan Rebuild Restore

2010 Annual Report

Atlanta's First Comprehensive Transportation Plan!

Atlanta's First Comprehensive Transportation Plan

Atlanta's Project Greenspace

Atlanta's Project Greenspace




Downtown Tree Inventory
ATL GIS - City of Atlanta Geographic Information Systems
ATL GIS - City of Atlanta Geographic Information Systems

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