Boards and Commissions

Notice of Board Openings
The Darien City Council will be making five appointments for individuals to serve on the Historical Preservation Commission.
If interested in being considered for appointment to this commission , please mail a resumé or a letter of interest to Darien City Manager Richy Braun, P.O. Box 452, Darien, GA 31305, or bring to Darien City Hall.
Resumés/letters of interest will be accepted until April 16, 2021, at 4:30 p.m.

Notice of Board Openings
The Darien City Council will be making two appointments for individuals to serve on the Darien Downtown Development Authority Board.
If interested in being considered for appointment to this board, please mail a resumé or a letter of interest to Darien City Manager Richy Braun, P.O. Box 452, Darien, GA 31305, or bring to Darien City Hall.
Resumés/letters of interest will be accepted until April 16, 2021, at 4:30 p.m.

The City has the following Boards and Commissions:

DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY: In Georgia, a Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is a major decision-making and project driven entity that plans and manages the downtown business district. A DDA is a corporate body recognized by State law, and from an Internal Revenue perspective, the DDA is considered to be governmental tax-exempt. The DDA is eligible to receive certain grant monies, whereas, a local business or merchants association may not qualify. The DDA can utilize a variety of financing tools outlined in the Official Code of Georgia. Money created from the implementation of these tools can be used in several ways to bring about revitalization and economic development of the central business district.

The DDA can work with volunteers from the local business association, citizens, the city, and county to bring about the revitalization of the downtown area, or depending on a set of criteria for qualification, a DDA may choose to initiate a Main Street or other type of program to assist with redevelopment.

It has a seven member Board of Directors whose members are appointed by the Mayor and Council for four year terms.  The current members are: Tony Thaw, Chair; Bob Bates, Vice-Chair, Angie Groover, Treasurer; Rusty Quarterman; Trinia McGrath; Jackson Thomas; and Marcy Goodyear.

DARIEN PLANNING COMMISSION:

The planning commission is an advisory board appointed by the Mayor and Council.  The planning commission’s mission is to plan for the community’s future. As such, the commission looks beyond short-term solutions, the technical views of government staff and department heads, and the particular concerns of local special-interest groups. 

The planning commission interprets the zoning ordinance and amendments and makes recommendations to the city council on rezoning requests.  The planning commission also has some “Design Review Functions,” meaning that they will review and make recommendations on the site and building design proposals, particularly for commercial development. The commission receives technical assistance from city staff in performing these functions.

The planning commission consists of five members appointed by the Mayor and Council to four year terms.  Its current members are: Ivy Sheperd, Chair; Jeff Ragsdale; Bill Barton; Philip Mayer; and Zach Crumpler.

HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION: To better enable municipalities to form historic preservation commissions (HPCs) and provide for their protection through local zoning, the State of Georgia passed the Historic Preservation Act in 1980 (O.C.G.A. § 44-10-2). This legislation allows governing bodies to appoint a commission to administer historic preservation guidelines or standards adopted by that governing body at a public hearing. It establishes the framework for what these guidelines should include and a procedure for allowing public notice and defensible decision making.  The Mayor appoints five members to the commission (with the ratification of the city council.)  The current members are: Scottie Lingerfelt; Wes Tippins; Al Waye; and Paul Nix.

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