Boards & Commissions
The Community Development Department works with the following three Boards/Commissions on a regular basis. You can find a description of each Board/Commission following their title, as well as a current calendar of their meeting dates. Archived meeting minutes are also available from 2011 thru 2014 by clicking on the appropriate sidebar link. Beginning in 2015, the minutes for each meeting will be available, when approved, along with the agenda on the Boards & Committees webpage.
Gainesville Planning & Appeals Board (GPAB)
The Gainesville Planning and Appeals Board (GPAB) was created in November 1997. This Board evolved from the combination of the former Gainesville Planning Commission and the former Gainesville Zoning Board of Adjustment.
The GPAB consists of seven members appointed by the City Council for two-year staggered terms. All terms expire on November 30 of their respective year. The GPAB makes recommendations to the City Council on rezonings, annexations, special uses, code amendments; road-related items such as namings/renamings/abandonments; zoning amendments; and site plan approvals. The GPAB has final action on all requests for zoning variances and appeals of administrative decision. The Board currently meets once a month on the second Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. in the Municipal Courtroom of the Gainesville Public Safety Complex located at 701 Queen City Parkway.
For additional information on how to submit a zoning application, please contact Matt Tate, Planning Manager, via email or by calling (770) 531-6570.
Gainesville Historic Preservation Commission (GHPC)
The Gainesville Historic Preservation Commission (GHPC) was created when the City Council adopted a historic preservation ordinance in October 2001, and was appointed in June 2002. The GHPC consists of five voting members who are residents of the City appointed by the City Council for staggered three-year terms. All terms expire on June 30 of their respective year. Additional information about the GHPC, including its duties and responsibilities, is outlined in Chapter 9-21-2 of the Unified Land Development Code (ULDC).
The GHPC makes recommendations to the City Council on requests for local designation. The GHPC has final action on all requests for Certificates of Appropriateness (COA). The Commission currently meets once a month, usually on the first Monday at 5:30 p.m. in the Green Street Station Training Room or Conference Room located on the first floor of 311 Henry Ward Way.
For additional information on how to submit an application for designation or a Certificate of Appropriateness (COA), or how to obtain a copy of the design guidelines; please contact Jessica Tullar, Special Projects Manager, via email or by calling (770) 531-6570.
Gainesville Nonprofit Development Foundation, Inc. (GNPDF)
In 1970, the City of Gainesville established the Gainesville Nonprofit Development Foundation, Inc. (GNPDF) to oversee land purchase and housing development. A nine-member Board appointed by the City Council and staffed by a Housing Programs Manager governs the Non-Profit Foundation. The mission of the GNPDF is "to eliminate slums, combat community deterioration, secure adequate housing, and improve the living conditions of residents living in the City of Gainesville, including land purchase and project development, and to engage in all lawful activities directly or indirectly related thereto."
The Gainesville Non-Profit Development Foundation makes loans to applicants that are unable to obtain a loan from a private lender. The loan is used solely to help pay for repairs under the Rehabilitation Program.
Regular board meetings are held quarterly in the Community Development Department Conference Room located on the second floor of 311 Henry Ward Way. For additional information, please contact Chris Davis, Housing Programs Manager via email or by calling 770-531-6581.