Livable Centers Initiative
Who is ARC
ARC and its predecessor agencies have been at the
forefront of regional planning in the U.S. since it’s
creatio...
 Regional
  Commission
 Metropolitan
  Planning
  Organization
 Metro North
  Georgia Water
  Planning District
 Workf...
Atlanta Urbanized Area

                         1950

                         1970

                         1990

     ...
Urban Expansion Without Services
Importance of Centers and Corridors
LCI Program Overview

• Encourages local governments to plan and
  implement strategies that link transportation
  improve...
• Mix of land uses
• Multiple transportation modes
• Public involvement
LCI Authorization
Resolution adopted by ARC Board in 1999 creating LCI.
Additional approvals in 2004 and 2009.
• $13 milli...
11 counties and 52 cities with an LCI study
Atlanta –    18
Cherokee –   4
Clayton –    6
Cobb –       11
DeKalb –     19
...
Studies
Full LCI Study        Supplemental LCI Study
LCI Transportation Funding

• FY03 first year transportation funds available

• $169 million programmed between FY 2003-20...
Perimeter Center Parkway
Before
Decatur MARTA Plaza
Stockbridge US 23
LCI Transportation Projects
  Morrow




Chamblee                                 Suwanee
Public Engagement
LCI Evaluation Reports
Development Numbers
• LCI communities reported 1,148 developments:
  • 762 are complete
  • 222 are planned
  • 164 under ...
Development Numbers
        • Regional Development Comparison
        • (completed development only)

2008 Regional Compar...
Development Examples
                             Hapeville




        Morrow   Woodstock
Development Examples
City Center (GSU)                 Buckhead




Suwanee
Chamblee MARTA Parking Lot
Policies and Regulations
• 92% of LCI communities have adopted their LCI Study
  into their comprehensive plan
• 66% have ...
Hwy 78 Build-Out Modeling
Emissions from VMT
                              6,000




                              5,000




                       ...
Lessons Learned
• Federal transportation funds offer flexibility to
  create LCI type programs
• LCI has allowed ARC to en...
Questions?

         Tom Weyandt
Director of Comprehensive Planning
    Atlanta Regional Commission
         40 Courtland ...
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  1. 1. Livable Centers Initiative
  2. 2. Who is ARC ARC and its predecessor agencies have been at the forefront of regional planning in the U.S. since it’s creation in 1947. • Governmental Services • Aging Services • Workforce Development • Research & Data • Commute Connections • Environmental Planning • Transportation Planning • Land Use Planning • Leadership Development
  3. 3.  Regional Commission  Metropolitan Planning Organization  Metro North Georgia Water Planning District  Workforce Board  Area Agency on Aging (AAA)
  4. 4. Atlanta Urbanized Area 1950 1970 1990 2000
  5. 5. Urban Expansion Without Services
  6. 6. Importance of Centers and Corridors
  7. 7. LCI Program Overview • Encourages local governments to plan and implement strategies that link transportation improvements with development • Planning grants provided to develop studies • Program links implementation actions to receipt of transportation project funding • Takes advantage of existing infrastructure in centers & corridors
  8. 8. • Mix of land uses • Multiple transportation modes • Public involvement
  9. 9. LCI Authorization Resolution adopted by ARC Board in 1999 creating LCI. Additional approvals in 2004 and 2009. • $13 million for studies over 13 years • $500 million for transportation projects • Focus on activity centers, town centers, corridors • Uses STP-Urban (L230) funds
  10. 10. 11 counties and 52 cities with an LCI study Atlanta – 18 Cherokee – 4 Clayton – 6 Cobb – 11 DeKalb – 19 Douglas – 2 Fayette – 2 Fulton – 16 Gwinnett – 14 Henry – 3 Rockdale – 2 Outside – 10 Total – 107
  11. 11. Studies Full LCI Study Supplemental LCI Study
  12. 12. LCI Transportation Funding • FY03 first year transportation funds available • $169 million programmed between FY 2003-2011 for design, right-of-way and construction projects • Funds distributed to 96 projects in 53 LCI communities • 49 projects are authorized for construction or have been completed to date
  13. 13. Perimeter Center Parkway Before
  14. 14. Decatur MARTA Plaza
  15. 15. Stockbridge US 23
  16. 16. LCI Transportation Projects Morrow Chamblee Suwanee
  17. 17. Public Engagement
  18. 18. LCI Evaluation Reports
  19. 19. Development Numbers • LCI communities reported 1,148 developments: • 762 are complete • 222 are planned • 164 under construction The LCI developments result in: • 84,506 residential units • 12,329 hotel units • Over 19 million sq ft of commercial retail space • Over 38 million sq ft of office space
  20. 20. Development Numbers • Regional Development Comparison • (completed development only) 2008 Regional Comparison Development 2000-2007 Housing (Units) Commercial (sq ft) Office (sq ft) 335,138 38,912,381 32,016,187 13 County Development (Source: Co-Star) Land Area: 2,450,762 Acres 26,645 8,185,449 21,411,504 LCI 13 County- Completed Developments Land Area: 83,224 Acres LCI % of 13 County Development 7.95% 21.04% 66.88% Land Area: 3.4% *13 Counties: Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, Newton, Rockdale, Spalding, Walton
  21. 21. Development Examples Hapeville Morrow Woodstock
  22. 22. Development Examples City Center (GSU) Buckhead Suwanee
  23. 23. Chamblee MARTA Parking Lot
  24. 24. Policies and Regulations • 92% of LCI communities have adopted their LCI Study into their comprehensive plan • 66% have special LCI zoning districts • 56% of those surveyed reported having policies in their comprehensive plan that focus on building more senior, workforce, or special needs housing • 83% have design guidelines in place to ensure that new development supports a livable, walkable environment
  25. 25. Hwy 78 Build-Out Modeling
  26. 26. Emissions from VMT 6,000 5,000 4,000 CO2 lbs per capita per year 3,000 Existing Land Use 2,000 LCI Plan 1,000 -
  27. 27. Lessons Learned • Federal transportation funds offer flexibility to create LCI type programs • LCI has allowed ARC to engage local governments in detailed planning • Incentive to implement Regional Development Plan policies • Smart Growth concepts have applicability in every place • Change takes time
  28. 28. Questions? Tom Weyandt Director of Comprehensive Planning Atlanta Regional Commission 40 Courtland Street Atlanta, GA 404-463-3250 tweyandt@atlantaregional.com www.atlantaregional.com/lci

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