The NPU Initiative is a independently-led, multi-year review of the City of Atlanta’s official system for community engagement — the Neighborhood Planning Units (NPU).
The NPU Initiative is an effort by the Center for Civic Innovation to improve community engagement in Atlanta. Our mission is to address issues of inequality in our city through solutions built from the ground up, and we believe that finding and supporting community solutions to community problems starts with making sure that everyone can be heard.
Atlanta’s Neighborhood Planning Units were conceived for exactly that purpose back in 1974, but how well are they working 45 years later? Together with a growing coalition of like-minded community groups across Atlanta, we’re taking a look at the state of the NPU system and thinking big about how it could be better: more accessible, more inclusive, and more representative of the communities they serve.
Neighborhood Planning Units
The City of Atlanta is divided into
Each contains at least two individual neighborhoods and has been assigned a letter of the alphabet from A to Z.*
*Except for U, because that would be confusing.
How does the NPU System work?
City officials provide information to and get feedback from the NPUs on public safety, public works, permits, parks, and other neighborhood planning matters.
Everyone over the age of 18 who lives in Atlanta’s city limits is a member of an NPU.
Property owners, business owners, and organizations can have a representative member, too.
NPUs typically meet once a month to conduct business.
Each NPU has its own bylaws so there’s no one-size-fits-all description.
NPUs help prepare the Comprehensive Development Plan dealing with the physical, social, and economic aspects of our city.