ARC Press Release
(ATLANTA, May 7, 2013) — The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) will provide planning and technical assistance to five communities around the region, helping them reach their respective quality-growth visions. Each year, through the Community Choices program, ARC provides cities and counties with the tools, resources and strategies needed to implement the unique plans they have for their communities.
ARC Community Choices communities and projects selected for 2013 are:
Clayton County – The Community Choices team will assist with a strategic review of county redevelopment needs and planning documents with a specific focus on Tara Boulevard.
City of Fayetteville – The Community Choices team will perform an audit of the City’s current zoning as it relates to results from a recent charrette on an area slated for the development of a film studio. The final deliverable will be a report detailing any conflicts and recommended actions to resolve them.
City of Lithonia – The Community Choices team will work with the agency’s Research & Analytics Division to develop a mobile tool to conduct a detailed housing inventory. As part of this project, citizen volunteers will be trained to assist with the inventory. The final deliverable will be a report detailing the results of the inventory, along with the relevant files so that the City may keep the data current.
Rockdale County – The Community Choices team will carry out an audit of the County’s zoning ordinance as it relates to results from community meetings on its Urban Redevelopment Plan. The final deliverable will be an in-depth report sharing inconsistencies between the zoning ordinance and planning documents, along with detailed recommendations for action.
City of Stockbridge – The Community Choices team will provide assistance with rewriting the City’s sign ordinance. A local stakeholder committee will be formed to help guide the development of the ordinance. The final deliverable will be a new, updated ordinance.
“Our assistance with this exceptional list of projects represents ARC’s commitment to help local governments implement their plans in efficient ways,” said Jane Hayse, Director of ARC’s Center for Livable Communities. “And it doesn’t stop here. The lessons we learn through the Community Choices program will also be passed on to other communities in the future.”
The Community Choices program provides a broad range of tools, resources and technical assistance to help communities shape more vibrant futures. The goal is to assist local governments with making appropriate, long-term decisions about where, when and how they should grow in order to achieve their community’s unique vision.
For more information on the Community Choices program, visit www.atlantaregional.com/communitychoices.