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  • 10 Years of Action by ARC Managing Growth in the Region Dan Reuter, Atlanta Regional Commission
  • Post Riverside Downtown Smyrna In 1988, Post Riverside and Downtown Smyrna were new town center projects.
  • Blueprint Midtown Decatur Strategic Plan In 1998, “small area planning” was occurring in Decatur and Midtown
    • Positive Steps - 1998 vs. 2008
    • National advances in sustainability and smart growth
    • Resurgence of City of Atlanta and urban core
    • New tools (CIDs, TADS)
    • Improved local government planning and codes
    • Many “smarter” private developments
    • New organizations…..
    • Regional or State Non-Profits
    • Georgia Conservancy
    • Southface Energy Institute
    • Sierra Club
    • Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership (ANDP)
    • Livable Communities Coalition
    • Civic League for Metro Atlanta
    • Place Based Non-Profits
    • Central Atlanta Progress
    • Midtown Alliance
    • Perimeter CID
    • Cumberland CID
  • 1983 Ga Constitution inhibits regional solutions and grants immense authority to local governments to manage growth. #1 Local Government Home Rule Three Big Issues to Remember Atlanta Zoning Maps Online
  • #2 Funding Authority at State Level Georgia Department of Transportation (DOT) under federal rules has primary authority for 85 to 90% of new transportation construction funds. Roads and access drive new development. Region has little control over transportation investments. Three Big Issues to Remember
  • #3 Limited Transit Funding MARTA rail system was completed to its current size in 2000. The MARTA system was built with substantial federal construction funding. State does not fund transit operations. Georgia is one of few without state assistance. Funding available for new fixed-guideway or other major transit expansions is now very limited. Three Big Issues to Remember
  • Metropolitan Area Planning and Development Commission Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) originally created in 1947 with regional planning responsibility for 10 counties. ARC produces the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) Federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for transportation planning in the 20 county region. ARC produces a Regional Development Plan (RDP) ARC manages local government comprehensive planning rules for a 10 county area under Georgia law administered by Georgia DCA. ARC staff’s the Metro North Georgia Water Planning District . ARC serves as a regional Area Agency on Aging and Regional Workforce Board. ARC Planning Responsibilities
    • Several programs to highlight:
    • Envision6 and UGPM
    • Transit Planning Board (TPB)
    • Livable Centers Initiative (LCI)
    • Housing planning and data
    • Greenspace planning
    • Green Communities
    1998 vs. 2008 - ARC ARC began to rethink all plans, programs and investments in terms of linking land use, transportation, water, aging and health.
  • #1 Improved Regional Planning
    • Envision6 was the 2007 process to update and link regional transportation with land use through:
    • Development scenarios – growth map
    • Integrates local plans and forecasts for region
    • Improved transportation prioritization
    • Programs to link land use with transportation
    • 2009 will begin another update of regional plans!
    • Growth focused in centers and corridors
    • Adopted annually by ARC Board
    • Consolidated policy map
    • with annual updates
  • #2 Transit Planning Board (TPB) created Concept 3 plan for regional transit! ARC helped initiate and supports TPB.
    • ARC originated a way to use transportation dollars to:
    • Encourage local governments to plan and implement strategies that link transportation improvements with development strategies
    • Link implementation actions to receipt of transportation project funding
    • Build on existing infrastructure in centers & corridors
    #3 Livable Centers Initiative (LCI)
    • ARC Board commitments to LCI have resulted in:
    • $10 million for 94 studies over 10 years
    • $500 million for transportation projects in LCIs
    • 40 activity centers, 41 town centers, 13 corridors
    • 9 counties and 48 cities with LCI studies
    • LCI requires a process to consider:
    • Mix of land uses
    • Multiple transportation modes
    • Public Involvement
  • Atlanta – 17 Cherokee – 4 Clayton – 5 Cobb – 11 DeKalb – 15 Douglas – 2 Fayette - 2 Fulton – 15 Gwinnett – 14 Henry – 2 Rockdale – 1 Outside – 6 Total – 94
    • Pedestrian Facilities – 58%
    • Multi-Use Trail – 6%
    • Bike/Ped Facility – 14%
    • Roadway Operations – 9%
    • Roadway Capacity – 3%
    • Transit Facilities – 9%
    LCI provided approximately $132 million for 83 transportation projects
  • Midtown Peachtree Pedestrian Improvements
  • Decatur MARTA Plaza Redevelopment
    • #4 Regional Housing Planning
    • Quarterly Forums
      • 5 years of speakers addressing housing policy
      • ARC developed new housing data sources
      • Housing Data
      • Monthly overviews (Snapshots)
      • Regional Housing Resource Center
      • http://www.atlantaregionalhousing.org/
      • Housing Policy and Codes
      • Accessory Dwelling Units (Granny Flats)
      • Foreclosures program support
  • #5 Greenspace Planning Developed tools and data to help local governments and non-profits during past 3 years
  • Protected Lands Database – All greenspace sites in 20 counties
  • Green Infrastructure Toolkit Resource for Protecting Land Set of tools available to local governments in Georgia that can be used to acquire and preserve greenspace
  • #6 Coming in 2009 – Green Communities Program
    • Transportation & Air Quality Green Building
    • Recycling & Waste Reduction Energy Efficiency
    • Land Use Green Power
    • Education & Outreach Water Efficiency
    • Innovative Tree Planting Greenspace
    www.atlantaregional.com/greencommunities New program in 2009 to certify local governments on their “sustainability” efforts such as:
  • Summary During past 10 years, ARC has led the region towards greater sustainability with local governments, partner NGOs and private developers. But…. We forecast much more growth will occur through natural increase (births) and migration (persons attracted to region for jobs, retirement, etc.) Need to focus all public and private planning towards sustainable growth and development.
  • Population 65% Increase, 2000-2030 Employment 75% Increase, 2000-2030 Forecasting Economy Atlanta economy (as measured by GDP) is larger than 35 U.S. states, as of 2005. The region’s population (28-county MSA) is larger than 30 states, as of 2007. Atlanta’s GDP is 67% of the State of Georgia GDP, as of 2005 (also, Atlanta’s population is 54% of the state’s pop).
  • Source: U.S. Census 2000 1990 1970 1950
      • Where will we be in 2018?
      • What can you do?
      • Focus on your local government policies
      • Engage elected officials at state and local level
      • Support a non-profit that encourages sustainable development
      • Help integrate new places for people who walk
      • Support new transit infrastructure and green development
      • Protect land and encourage smart growth
      • Resources
    • Livable Communities Coalition - Guiding Growth and Development in Georgia – A Handbook on Planning and Land Use Law and Practices. http://www.livablecommunitiescoalition.org/resources/tools.cfm
    • ARC LandMatters E-Newsletters http://www.atlantaregional.com/html/4560.aspx
    • ARC Community Choices Program and Toolkit
    • http://www.atlantaregional.com/html/393.aspx
    • Smart Growth America
    • http://www.smartgrowthamerica.org/
  • Atlanta Regional Commission 40 Courtland Street, NE Atlanta, Georgia 30303 www.atlantaregional.com/lci Dan Reuter, AICP [email_address] 404.463.3305 For More Information