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Boards and Commissions 2017-12-09T15:25:46+00:00

GENERAL INFORMATION

Tucker is a community that for more than a century has been built and sustained by volunteers. Now we need some of those folks to step forward. The City of Tucker is seeking applicants to serve on several of our boards and commissions starting in 2018. These unpaid, unelected positions are a way to give back to your community, while also having a say in its future.

If you would be willing to serve, please complete the application form for the board or commission that most interests you and submit it by Monday December 18.

BOARD, COMMISSION & COMMITTEE APPLICATION FORM

BOARD, COMMISSION AND COMMITTEE DESCRIPTIONS

ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE REVIEW BOARD 

General Description

The Alcoholic Beverage Review Board has the following duties: (1) To hear appeals from decisions of the finance department denying the issuance or renewal of any license pertaining to the sale of alcoholic beverages in the City; (2)  To hear appeals from the decisions of the finance department revoking or suspending any license pertaining to the sale of alcoholic beverages in the City; (3)  To hear appeals from the decisions of the police department denying the issuance of permits pertaining to employment in a licensed establishment; (4)  To hear appeals from the decisions of the police department revoking or suspending an employee permit to an employee of a licensed establishment.

Qualifications

  • Must be a City of Tucker resident.
  • Understanding of licensing, alcohol regulations, etc.

 Membership  

The Alcoholic Beverage Review Board shall consist of five (5) members. Members of the Alcoholic Beverage Review Board are appointed for 3-year terms. When staggering is required, positions are filled for an 18-month term.

Meeting Information           

The Alcoholic Beverage Review Board meets as needed. Meetings are held in the City Council Chambers at the City Hall Annex. All meetings are open to the public and anyone is welcome to attend.

Staff Advisors

The Finance Manager or his/her designee shall serve as secretary of the Alcoholic Beverage Review Board.

COMMUNITY COUNCIL

General Description

The Community Council is created to review comprehensive plan amendments, applications for rezonings, land use plan amendments, special land use permits and text amendments, and to report their recommendations to the planning commission. The community council may consider such ordinances and applications in relation to the applicable standards and criteria contained in this chapter, the adopted comprehensive plan and any of the community’s quality of life issues.

Qualifications

  • Must be a City of Tucker resident.
  • Should be active in community organizations.

Membership  

The Community Council shall consist of seven (7) members, two (2) from each of the cities three districts whom shall be a resident of district represented, and one (1) at large whom shall be a resident of the city. Members of the Community Council are appointed for 2-year terms. When staggering is required, positions are filled for a 1-year term.

Meeting Information           

The Community Council meets the second Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers at the City Hall Annex. All meetings are open to the public and anyone is welcome to attend. Meeting preparations include the review of application materials for each case and site visits to the subject property. Depending on the complexity of the case and technical components associated with it, the preparation time could be considerable.

Staff Advisors

The Community Development Director or his/her designee shall serve as secretary of the Community Council.

CONSTRUCTION BOARD OF APPEALS

General Description 

The Construction Board of Appeals shall hear appeals of decisions and interpretations of the building official and consider variances from the technical codes.

Qualifications

  • Must be a City of Tucker resident.
  • All members of the board shall have at least seven (7) years experience in the building industry, with knowledge and experience in technical codes.
  • One (1) of the members of the board shall be a civil engineer having experience in drainage and structural issues.
  • One (1) of the members of the board shall be an architect licensed in Georgia with a minimum of seven (7) years experience in residential home design.

Membership  

The Construction Board of Appeals shall consist of three (3) to five (5) members. Members of the Construction Board of Appeals are appointed for 4-year terms. When staggering is required, positions are filled for a 2-year term.

Meeting Information           

The Construction Board of Appeals meets as needed. Meetings are held in the City Council Chambers at the City Hall Annex. All meetings are open to the public and anyone is welcome to attend.

Staff Advisor 

The Chief Building Official shall serve as the Secretary of the Construction Board of Appeals.

DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

General Description

The DDA is an economic development tool that focuses not only on the downtown Tucker and Main Street area, but also includes the Northlake area and the major commercial corridors.  The Tucker Downtown Development Authority will promote and market the downtown area and commercial corridors including but not limited to the following economic development strategies:

  • Revitalize and redevelop properties
  • Issue bonds to finance projects
  • Marketing the City of Tucker to consumers and businesses
  • Acquire and dispose of land
  • Build public/private partnerships to build support for our downtown and commercial corridors.
  • Work to market a positive image for the town.
  • Undertake beneficial commercial, business, office, industrial or parking projects.

Qualifications

  • Background in finance, real estate, law, construction, and development.
  • According to Georgia’s State Law, a Board member must meet the following criteria;
  • A taxpayer residing in the City of Tucker;
  • Owners or operators of businesses located within the downtown development area and who shall be taxpayers residing in DeKalb County; or
  • Persons having a combination of the qualifications specified in paragraphs (1) and (2) provided not less than four members must have or represent a party who has an economic interest in the redevelopment and revitalization of the downtown development area.

*See O.C.G.A. TITLE 36 Chapter 42 for a full description of qualifications.

Membership  

The Downtown Development Authority shall consist of seven (7) members. Two (2) members are appointed for a 2-year term, two (2) members are appointed for a 4-year term, and three members are appointed to a 6-year term.

Meeting Information           

The Downtown Development Authority meets as needed. Meetings are held in the City Council Chambers at the City Hall Annex. All meetings are open to the public and anyone is welcome to attend. Meeting preparation is extensive and includes the review of complex legal documents, financial reports, and development plans. Board members should commit to 7-10 hours per month, including board meetings, for participating in board and committee assignments

Staff Advisors

The Economic Development Director or his/her designee shall serve as secretary of the Downtown Development Authority.

PLANNING COMMISSION

General Description 

The Planning Commission is created to make recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on all proposed amendments to the Zoning Ordinance, Zoning Map, or the comprehensive plan text or maps. Applications that are reviewed by the Planning Commission include rezonings, special land use permits, comprehensive plan amendments, and text amendments.

Qualifications

  • Must be a City of Tucker resident.
  • Desirable to have training in fields such as planning, development, architecture, law, civil engineering, geology, economics, or demography.

Membership  

The Planning Commission shall consist of five (5) members. Members of the Planning Commission are appointed for 2-year terms. When staggering is required, positions are filled for a 1-year term.

Meeting Information           

The Planning Commission meets the fourth Thursday of the month at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers at the City Hall Annex. All meetings are open to the public and anyone is welcome to attend. Meeting preparations include site visits and the review of staff reports, application materials, and other associated documents for each case/issue. Depending on the complexity of the case and technical components associated with it, the preparation time could be considerable.         

Staff Advisor 

The Community Development Director or his/her designee shall serve as secretary to the Planning Commission.

ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS

General Description 

The Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) is a quasi-judicial board that is charged with hearing requests for variances from the standards of the City of Tucker Zoning Ordinance and appeals of decisions of administrative officials.

Qualifications

  • Must be a City of Tucker resident.
  • Desirable to have training in fields such as planning, development, architecture, law, and civil engineering.

Membership  

The Zoning Board of Appeals shall consist of five (5) members. Members of the Zoning Board of Appeals are appointed for 2-year terms. When staggering is required, positions are filled for a 1-year term.

Meeting Information           

The Zoning Board of Appeals meets the third Tuesday of the month at 7 p.m. in City Council Chambers at the City Hall Annex. All meetings are open to the public and anyone is welcome to attend. Meeting preparations include site visits and the review of staff reports, application materials, and other associated documents for each case/issue. Depending on the complexity of the case and technical components associated with it, the preparation time could be considerable.         

Staff Advisor 

The Community Development Director or his/her designee shall serve as secretary to the Zoning Board of Appeals.

COMMUNITY COUNCIL

The Community Council is an advisory board that makes recommendations to the Planning Commission about development patterns occurring in or proposed for Tucker and about policies and interpretation of the City’s Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Ordinance.

In addition, the Community Council will also be responsible for:

  • Informing Tucker residents about proposed applications for amending the City’s Comprehensive Plan, Rezoning, Special Land Use Permits and Zoning Code Text Amendments
  • Providing leadership to various public and private organizations that are interested in planning and development activities in Tucker

The City has proudly appointed William Arroyo, Seth Burrow, Thomas “Tommy” Lupo, Frank Luton, Frank Sapp, Cara Schroeder and Jonathan Vaughters to its Community Council.

CONTACT

William Arroyo
Seth Burrow
Thomas “Tommy” Lupo
Frank Luton
Frank Sapp
Cara Schroeder
Jonathan Vaughters

PLANNING COMMISSION

The City of Tucker, Georgia Planning Commission

The Planning Commission is a five-member board appointed by the Mayor and City Council. Its duties and responsibilities include reviewing land use planning studies, rezoning requests, special use permit requests and amendments to the Zoning Ordinance and making recommendations to the City Council. Additionally, the Commission reviews and decides on proposed Waivers to the City’s Development Regulations. The Board may also undertake special studies and reviews as directed by the Council.  The Planning Commission will typically meet one evening a month for 2 – 3 hours and conduct a public hearing on rezoning cases. Members serve two-year, staggered terms.

The five committee members are Katherine Atteberry, Damyon Claar-Pressley, Ann Coppage, Steve Smith, and George Wellborn.

When weighing cases, the Planning Commission has a strict set of codified standards to consider. You can find those standards here.

CONTACT

Katherine Atteberry
Damyon Claar-Pressley
Ann Coppage
Steve Smith
George Wellborn

ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS

The City of Tucker, Georgia, selected five residents to serve on its Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA). The board considers requests for variances from the Zoning Ordinance and hears appeals regarding interpretations made by the Community Development Director. Charles “Chuck” Abbott, Keith Easterling, Chris Hartley, Pat Soltys and Neal Stubblefield were appointed by the Mayor and approved by the City Council.

“We are thankful these residents are willing to share their wealth of knowledge and experience with the City of Tucker. They make an outstanding team and will serve us well,” said Mayor Frank Auman.

CONTACT

Charles “Chuck” Abbott
Keith Easterling
Chris Hartley
Pat Soltys
Neal Stubblefield