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Plan 2040 Online Public Meeting 2


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Plan 2040 Online Public Meeting 2

  1. 1. PLAN 2040 Plan 2040 Online Public Meeting #2 June 15 – July 31, 2010
  2. 2. Welcome to the 2nd Online Public Meeting! We hope you were able to attend the first online public meeting during April and May. Now it’s time to build on those elements as we continue to develop PLAN 2040.
  3. 3. A refresher: What is PLAN 2040? Metro Atlanta’s plan to accommodate economic and population growth over the next 30 years. It is organized around a foundation of sustainability
  4. 4. This diagram illustrates the foundation of Sustainability: Environmental Environmental, economic and social needs are interrelated. Plan 2040 will address all three areas and how they Social Economic work together
  5. 5. PLAN 2040 will address current and future challenges in these locations: Yellow areas show transportation planning boundaries Yellow and Gray areas are for air quality planning
  6. 6. To remind you about the nine Key Needs that PLAN 2040 seeks to address, here are the first three: • We are well positioned for an economic recovery. But we must adjust how we live and do business. • Our long term economic success rests on having an adequate water supply. • Significant transportation investments are required along with increased housing in major employment centers.
  7. 7. The next three Key Needs are: • We do not have the financial capacity to expand further if we expect to meet our needs. • Our future population will be very different than it is today, being both older and more racially diverse. • Housing demand will shift toward communities that offer amenities close to employment and cultural opportunities.
  8. 8. And the final Key Needs are: • Approximately 75 percent of us have no other option but to drive to where we want to go. • Beyond the need for increased transportation funding, existing assets must be better managed. • We must focus our planning on both existing urbanized communities and those areas reserved for conservation. 10/16/2009 8
  9. 9. Addressing these needs, PLAN 2040 will be formed around the following: Vision Statement: Provide visionary leadership for sustainable growth by balancing environmental responsibility, economic growth and social needs while maximizing benefits to all. What do we want metro Atlanta to be and do for its residents, businesses and visitors? • Lead as the global gateway to the South • Encourage healthy communities • Expand access to community resources How will we go about achieving our vision for metro Atlanta? • Increase mobility options for people and goods. • Foster a healthy, educated, well-trained, safe and secure population. • Promote places to live with easy access to jobs and services. • Improve energy efficiency while preserving the region’s environment. • Identify innovative approaches to economic recovery and long-term prosperity.
  10. 10. What we’ve heard from area leaders and residents: • Focus on doing better with what we have, including finding more efficiencies in existing systems and resources. • Connect housing, jobs and transportation assets. • Emphasize the interconnectivity between transportation options, land infrastructure, health consequences, energy efficiencies, and water supply. • Provide more than one choice for travel.
  11. 11. What we’ve heard from area leaders and residents: • Provide incentives to implement public policy decisions. • Provide transit options in many forms, including support for a regional transit system. • How do we focus investments on already developed areas versus outlying areas? • Density in land developments only works in certain areas. • Safety is a primary concern from both a travel perspective and in our neighborhoods. 10/16/2009 11
  12. 12. So now we have to decide on guiding principles for plan policy direction and here’s where you come in…… On the next few slides, we are going to show you some potential guiding principles, or focus areas. We ask that you consider these and answer the following questions in the survey located just below this presentation. 1. Do you think these guiding principles reflect what is needed in the metro Atlanta area? 2. Are there other guides that we’ve missed? 3. What will be different if PLAN 2040 is successful? How will we know?
  13. 13. Here are four of the nine potential PLAN 2040 guiding principles. These could provide direction for policymakers as they implement PLAN 2040. • Focus financial resources and public investments in existing communities. • Conserve environmentally-sensitive areas and increase the amount and connectivity of greenspace. • Promote sustainable, energy-efficient development and transportation investment. • Align growth and development with infrastructure investment.
  14. 14. The last five potential PLAN 2040 guiding principles are: • Encourage a variety of choices related to housing and transportation. • At strategic regional locations, plan and retain industrial and freight land uses. • Increase the number and variety of uses around existing and planned transit stations. • Assure the preservation, maintenance and operation of the existing transportation system. • Incorporate the needs of the region’s changing demographics into all aspects of planning.
  15. 15. What do you think? • Do you see the needs of the metro area being addressed by these guiding principles? • How can we evaluate the principles and what goes into the plan? See the next slide….
  16. 16. Evaluation: looking at each of these guiding principles, we need to consider how they contribute to the goals of the metro area in the immediate future and in the long term. Consider the following…  What would be the outcome of focusing financial resources and public investments in existing communities?  Where should greenspace be protected and where should it be connected?  What should energy-efficient land development look like?  What is the benefit of aligning growth and development with infrastructure investment?  What are the choices we should have in housing and in travel?  Where should industrial and freight sites be located?  What kind of land uses should be available around transit stations?  What are the characteristics of a preserved and maintained transportation system?
  17. 17. These are the questions you can answer in the survey right after this presentation. Think about how you would like to see your community and the broader metro area develop and thrive……. 10/16/2009 17
  18. 18. Thank You for your review and consideration of these next steps in developing PLAN 2040. Your thoughts and those of others will help ARC develop policies that will govern the investment decisions and actions included in PLAN 2040. These policy directions, along with a process for measuring their success, will be the backbone of PLAN 2040. Online Public Meeting closes: July 31, 2010