Understanding NPUs in Atlanta
One of the last things a homebuyer thinks about are what types of zoning regulations and plans their future home's neighborhood planning unit has discussed. Actually, many homebuyers have never even heard of a neighborhood planning unit or how they function in Atlanta.
According to their website, Neighborhood Planning Units or NPUs are "are citizen advisory councils that make recommendations to the Mayor and City Council on zoning, land use, and other planning issues." I live in East Atlanta which means my NPU is NPU-W and they hold meetings on the 4th Wednesday of the month at 7:30. This gives me the ability as a resident to learn more about the plans intended for my immediate area including zoning implications due to the Beltline, new businesses coming into EAV, learn about crime trends and reports, updates happening to roads and sidewalks, etc. It's a great way resource to learn about the day-to-day planning that's happening to an area where you're thinking of buying.
So let's say you currently live in Chamblee and you want to move closer in town and you've found a great property in Adair Park on the southwest Beltline, but you're really unfamiliar with the area and want to learn more about future plans for the community. A good place to start would be to figure out which NPU you'd be in (NPU-T) and attending a meeting or reaching out to a chairperson for further details.