What is a Neighborhood Planning Unit?
The NPU system was established in 1974 by Mayor Maynard Jackson to provide an opportunity for citizens to participate actively in the Comprehensive Development Plan, which is the City’s vision for the next 5, 10, and 15 years. It is also used as a way for the citizens to receive information concerning all functions of City government. The system enables the citizens to express ideas and comment on City plans and proposals while assisting the City in developing plans which best meet the needs of different areas.
The City of Atlanta is divided into twenty-five Neighborhood Planning Units or NPUs, which are citizen advisory councils that make recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on zoning, land use, and other planning issues. The NPU system was established in 1974 to provide an opportunity for citizens to participate actively in the Comprehensive Development Plan, which is the city’s vision for the next five, ten, and fifteen years. It is also used as a way for citizens to receive information concerning all functions of city government. The system enables citizens to express ideas and comment on city plans and proposals while assisting the city in developing plans that best meet the needs of their communities.
The primary mission of NPU is to facilitate citizen participation in affairs of city government by drawing on its representation from the local neighborhoods and elsewhere and to advise the City Administration, City Council and others on citywide issues, goals and objectives relative to Atlanta’s Comprehensive Development Plan and related concerns. It also advises on ongoing issues related to land use, zoning, transportation, environmental quality, license review, parks and open spaces.
WHAT DOES NPU DO?
- The NPU maintains direct communication with the Planning Department.
- NPU is the official voice of Atlanta’s citizens in the planning process pursuant to provisions of the Atlanta City Charter, and actions of this Board and its membership are subject to the City Code of Ethics.
- The NPU assists City agencies in determining priorities; it reviews and makes recommendations on budgetary items and matters of policy.
- NPU often advises the City concerning responsiveness of city government to its citizen organizations and other citizen participants in the planning, administrative and legislative processes.
- NPU may also perform other functions as required by federal law relative to citizen participation where federal law does not mandate assignment to a specific agency, and may perform other duties as assigned by the Mayor and City Council.
- NPU nominates citizens for appointments to seats on numerous City boards and commissions.