City of Atlanta Planning Office Updates

Good afternoon, NPU Leaders. Apologies for the multiple emails today. I wanted to send you information on a few things today, and I hope that you will share with your members as appropriate:


As you may know, the City is in the process of updating the Development Impact Fee Study and Ordinance for the first time in over 25 years. (Impact Fees are a one-time fee on a new or proposed development project to pay for all or a portion of the costs of providing public services to the new development). The community is invited to take part in the public engagement period that ends with a public hearing scheduled for Monday, June 22, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. When we posted this on social media, there was a lot of confusion about this project, so I invite you to review the website, review the attached overview, and if you have any questions, please ask. The most frequently heard concern was that this is a fee assessed to residents. It is not.

In addition to the attached overview of the proposed update previously shared, feel free to complete the survey and/or visit the Impact Fee Update website.


We’ve talked quite a bit about bylaws over the past few months, haven’t we? In hindsight, I realize we should have scheduled this class for June and next year we will. As a reminder, bylaws are due into DCP no later than September 30th and anyone who resides, owns property, or has a place of business in the NPU can vote on bylaws without any restrictions. NPUs are not required to amend their bylaws, but you are required to approve them annually. Considering what we’ve all learned in the past few months, you’ll probably agree that at least one amendment is in order.  The Bylaws Clinic will review important recommendations for your bylaws, and identify problem areas. Of course, we’ll also talk about recommended amendments in light of present conditions (Covid-19). Please attend this class or invite your Bylaws Committee Chair to attend. This will really help us avoid issues and problems in September. The class is open to neighborhood groups and other residents as well. As with all NPU University classes, registration is required. Please register here: For questions, please contact Samantha at 404.546.0158 or


I regret that I cannot offer an update on BZA, ZRB, LRB, APAB or any other board at this time. As soon as I know something, I will let you know. As a reminder, we are following best practices as it relates to credit for attendance at APAB (pertaining to your requirements for grant eligibility), which means that all members will be given credit for attending cancelled meetings since we cannot know whether they would have attended if a meeting was held.


Today you received an invitation to the beta version launch of our NPU Dashboard (flyer attached). Please be sure to share this widely. We’re really excited to be able to share this with you and walk you through how to use it. As you may know, we have worked really hard on this over the past year (special thanks to you who participated in the focus group to help us make improvements), so being able to share it with you is definitely a highlight for us. And once we get it up and running, we’ll be moving on to our next big idea! You can register to attend the Dashboard launch here.

As always, if we can support you in any way, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Thank you for all you do for Atlanta.

Kindest regards,

 Leah LaRue, Registered Mediator

Assistant Director, Neighborhood Planning Units

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