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Series I: Atlanta-Fulton County Joint Planning Board records, 1920-1974


Scope and Contents

This series contains committee meeting minutes from the Atlanta-Fulton County Joint Planning Board regarding city changes, such as the establishment of a municipal market located in the Sweet Auburn neighborhood, city charter amendments, and review of applications and petitions to change zoning ordinances. These requests include changing a residential district to a business district; street name changes, such as the Harwick Road to Mystic Place; and granting special use permits so that applicant could use the land in a way it was not zoned. Such as erecting a hospital, church, shopping center, or daycare. Of particular note are minutes from 1922 pertaining to discussions about zoning subdivisions that include a report by consultant Robert H. Whitten (1873-1936) about zoning law, zoning ordinances, and city subdivisions. There are also minutes that reference where subdivisions would be located and include small plats.


  • 1920-1974


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Biographical / Historical

In 1952, the City Planning Commission was renamed the Municipal Planning Board. Then in 1957, it became the Atlanta-Fulton County Joint Planning Board. The 1974 new Atlanta Charter abolished this iteration of the department and Atlanta transferred its powers and duties to the new city Bureau of Planning and Fulton created its own, separate commission. The new department continued the original department’s purpose of making recommendations to city officials and the mayor on Atlanta’s growth and development. In 2017, the bureau was named as the Office of Zoning and Development.


3.75 linear ft. (nine document cases)


From the Collection: English