Authorities, Boards, & Commissions
City of Douglas Authorities, Boards, and Commissions give citizens a voice in local government. They provide a means to influence decisions that shape the quality of life for citizens.
The City of Douglas provides numerous opportunities for citizens to serve the community through various Boards, Commissions, Authorities and Advisory Committees. The primary goal of an appointment to one of these entities is to provide a greater opportunity for citizens of Douglas to have active participation in advising local government before decisions are made that will affect citizens.
Through participation on an Authority, Board, or Committee, citizens can have an active voice in their government.
- Air Base Preservation Committee
- Airport Commission
- Cemetery Committee
- Coffee County Historical Society
- Douglas-Coffee County Board of Appeals
- Douglas-Coffee County Parks and Recreation Commission
- Douglas-Coffee County Teen Court
- Douglas Greenway Trail Committee
- Douglas Mayor’s Youth Council
- Downtown Development Authority
- Economic Development Authority
- Ethics Committee
- Georgia Initiative for Community Housing Committee
- Historic Preservation Committee
- Housing Authority Board
- Indigent Committee
- Land Bank Authority
- Library Board
- Planning Commission
- Utility Improvement Committee
- Zoning Board of Appeals
AIR BASE PRESERVATION & DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE
The goal of the Air Base Preservation & Development Committee is to identify, evaluate, and plan for rehabilitation, adaptive use, and restoration of the historic structures at the air base in Douglas, Georgia, Coffee County. We hope to protect the historical integrity and to increase awareness of this World War II hidden jewel within our community. The end results will hopefully create a “village concept” that will attract visitors from across the nation to this historic landmark, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Acts as an advisory commission to the City Commission for recommendations regarding the safe operation and maintenance of the Douglas Municipal-Gene Chambers Airport. Consists of ten (10) members - nine (9) members who have aviation knowledge and/or an aviation background and one (1) elected City Commissioner who is appointed by the Mayor and City Commission. Link to Code of Ordinance Chapter 14 Section II.
An advisory council to the Mayor and Commission regarding operations and regulation of the Douglas City Cemetery.
COFFEE COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY
Oversees the operation of the Heritage Station Museum and makes recommendations to the Community Development Director, City Manager and Commission regarding the operations and programming for Heritage Station Museum.
DOUGLAS-COFFEE COUNTY BOARD OF APPEALS
DOUGLAS-COFFEE COUNTY ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
Joint authority that is responsible for promoting industry and trade in Coffee County by supporting existing industry operations and expansions and acts as the point of contact for industrial recruitment efforts.
DOUGLAS-COFFEE COUNTY LAND BANK AUTHORITY
The Douglas-Coffee County Land Bank Authority (L.B.A.) was formed in 2016 as a five (5) member city-county board to focus on working with neighborhoods and the community to promote property redevelopment. Georgia Code §48:4:100-112, allows the formation of Land Bank Authorities for the purpose of the redevelopment of vacant, abandoned, and tax delinquent properties.
DOUGLAS-COFFEE COUNTY PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION
Advises the Board of Commissioners and Parks and Recreation Director on administrative matters regarding programs, facilities, and services of the Parks and Recreation Department.
DOUGLAS-COFFEE COUNTY PLANNING COMMISSION
A joint city-county advisory board to the city commission, county commission and administration that makes recommendations to the city commission regarding the Joint Coffee County-City of Douglas Comprehensive Plan, Unified Land Development Code, Zoning Map in the form of zoning and rezoning and annexations into the city as well as other duties. The Commission consists of seven regular members. Four of the members shall be residents or business owners of the city, appointed by the city commission and three of the members shall be residents of the County, appointed by the Coffee County Board of County Commission.
DOUGLAS-COFFEE COUNTY TEEN COURT
Teen Court is a juvenile diversion program for first time offenders who have committed misdemeanor offenses and who recognize the error of their ways and desire a second chance. Juveniles who admit guilt before the juvenile court judge are eligible for the program. Those who are accepted and successfully complete the 90 day program, will not be an adjudicated delinquent. The goal of Teen Court is to intervene and reduce the incidences and escalations of law breaking behaviors.
DOUGLAS GREENWAY TRAIL COMMITTEE
DOUGLAS HOUSING AUTHORITY BOARD
Six member Board appointed by the Mayor for five (5) year terms and governs the Housing Authority.
DOUGLAS MAYOR’S YOUTH COUNCIL
The mission of the Douglas Mayor’s Youth Council (DMYC) is to broaden the scope of youth leadership in Douglas, Georgia through volunteerism, service, and initiatives that are directed towards allowing youth input into policy issues, identifying youth issues, and participating in the development of positive solutions.
DOWNTOWN DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY
Development authority that works to promote and develop business in downtown Douglas. Members must meet one or more of the following qualifications: the volunteer must be a taxpayer residing in the municipal corporation for which the authority is created; must be the owner or operator of a business located within the downtown development area and is a taxpayer residing in the county in which is located the municipal corporation for which the authority is created; or the volunteer must have a combination of the qualifications specified in paragraphs (1) and (2) of this subsection.
A committee that oversees any complaints regarding ethics of the Mayor and/or City Commissioners. Consists of three persons. At least one member shall be an attorney in good standing with the State Bar of Georgia. All members shall be residents of the city and shall serve a three-year term. Members of the ethics committee must be approved by at least a four-fifths vote of the mayor and commission and shall be appointed initially in such manner as to permit one term to terminate each year.
Link to Ethics Committee Ordinance
GEORGIA INITIATIVE FOR COMMUNITY HOUSING COMMITTEE
Advocates and promotes the use of strategies and programs to help communities create and launch a locally based plan to meet housing needs.
HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMITTEE
Purpose and intent is to establish a uniform procedure for use in providing the protection, enhancement, perpetuation and use of places, districts, sites, buildings, structures, objects, and landscape features having a special historical, cultural, or aesthetic interest or value, in accordance with the Code of Ordinance. All members reside in the City of Douglas and shall be persons who have demonstrated special interest, experience, or education in history, architecture or the preservation of historic resources.
An advisory board that makes recommendations to the Regional Library System regarding Satilla Regional Library.
UTILITY IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE
ZONING BOARD OF APPEALS
An appeals board for zoning issues within the City of Douglas. It is the intention of this board to seek answers to questions arising in connection with the interpretation and enforcement of zoning. Appeals shall first be presented to the city manager, and questions shall be presented to the board of zoning appeals only on appeal from the decision of the city manager, and from the decision of the board of zoning appeals, recourse shall be to the courts as provided by the law. The zoning board of appeals shall consist of three regular members, and two alternate members, appointed by the mayor.