Boards, Authorities & Commissions

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The City of Winder has many boards and authorities whose missions vary between the focuses of each group. If you are interested in serving on a board or authority, please email Mayor David Maynard at david.maynard@cityofwinder.com.

Below is a brief description of each board and authority. Based on each of their missions, your experience and how you would best serve the City of Winder, select the group you would prefer to serve and include that in your email along with your name, contact information, experience and availability.

Winder Planning Board: Consists of seven members appointed by the mayor and council. The primary role of the Planning Board is advisory in nature, but the board is a vital part of the planning process of the city. In general, the Winder Planning Board's responsibilities are to hold public hearings and make recommendations to the mayor and council on zoning matters; to appoint one of their members to serve on the city's Zoning Board of Appeals, and to make recommendations concerning matters coming before that body. The Zoning Board of Appeals consists of the mayor and council, and this appointed member of the Winder Planning Board. The Zoning Board of Appeals deals primarily with requests for variances, conditional uses and appeals of building inspection decisions.

Winder Housing Authority: The Winder Housing Authority operates some 321 public housing units in the City of Winder and surrounding areas. Their goal is to provide safe, affordable housing to eligible lower income residents, as well as recreation and other amenities. The primary source of funding is the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the authority is operated under HUD guidelines.

Winder Downtown Development AuthorityThe purpose of Winder Downtown Development Authority (DDA) is to foster the revitalization and redevelopment of Winder's Central Business District by facilitating projects that will promote trade, commerce, industry and employment opportunities.

Historic Preservation Commission: The purpose of the Historic Preservation Commission is to protect, enhance and perpetuate properties of historical value, stimulate the revitalization of historic neighborhoods and business districts, and to enhance opportunities for federal tax relief and tax credits for appropriate projects. The commission typically reviews all proposed new development and exterior renovations within the city's historic district for compatibility and appropriateness. The Commission is considered part of the planning function of the city, and its actions are coordinated through the Planning Department.

Industrial Building Authority and Joint Development AuthorityThe Industrial Building Authority and the Joint Development Authority were created to foster economic development and growth in Barrow County and its municipalities. These authorities can facilitate financing with certain tax advantages for eligible projects.