Zoning/NPU

Planning Committee

The Underwood Hills Planning Committee meets on the first Tuesday of each month that there is business to review.  We typically gather at the Starbucks on Howell Mill, but that location is subject to change depending upon the nature of our business.  The Planning Committee hears issues that come before the NPU within the Underwood Hills boundaries and makes a recommendation to the UHNA membership, as appropriate.  Our Planning Committee is chaired by Ben Hudgins.  The NPU representative for Underwood Hills for is Eva Cary Nason.  If you have a zoning or license matter within Underwood Hills that will require you to go before the NPU, please email us to schedule your appearance before the Planning Committee and at our next general meeting and send all applicable documents and plans.

Neighborhood Planning Units

The Atlanta Neighborhood Planning Unit system was instituted during Mayor Maynard Jackson’s administration.  At that time, Underwood Hills (which then included the area which later became Berkeley Park) was grouped together to become NPU-D with communities primarily to the west, including Riverside, Whittier Mill, Bolton, Hills Park and Blandtown.

The meeting date for NPU-D is always  the 4th Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m. The meeting place is the Agape Center at 2351 Bolton Road on the left past Marietta Industrial Boulevard (for those approaching from the direction of Underwood Hills).  There is parking at the rear of the building and entrance into the Agape Center is from the lower level at the rear of the building.

In NPU-D each neighborhood is represented by a representative and an alternate chosen in caucus by that neighborhood’s attendees at the NPU’s designated yearly election meeting.

One of the major items of business for an NPU is to consider and vote on zoning issues that come to the neighborhoods comprising the NPU.  The city requires that such issues be handled by the NPU before they come to the city’s Public Hearing Boards.

For further details regarding NPU’s, please see the article below or contact your NPU representatives.

Atlanta’s 230 neighborhoods are grouped into 24 neighborhood planning units.

The Neighborhood Planning Unit (NPU) system was established in 1974 by city ordinance to assure communication between the city and its citizens and to provide an opportunity for citizens to participate actively in the Comprehensive Development Plan, now called the Atlanta Strategic Action 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. NPUs transmit information from city bureaus and departments and provide citizens with a way to participate in city planning by making recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on zoning, land use, and other planning issues. The NPUs review and respond to proposals about all kinds of city functions: transportation, parks, recreation, economic development, public safety, human services and environmental protection. The NPU process gives the city a sounding board for citizen reaction. It also allows citizens to initiate ideas and assist the city in developing plans that best meet the needs of their communities.