Archive for November, 2010

Student Perspective on LCI Areas

November 29, 2010

Georgia Tech architecture graduate students in a class called “Retrofitting Suburbia,” recently looked at 12 different suburban Livable  Centers Initiative (LCI) study areas and formed their own opinions about the best possible redevelopment of the sites.

Their work was reviewed by Tech’s Ellen Dunham Jones and by ARC’s Land Use staff, and can be viewed on ARC’s website.

About LCI:

The LCI Program is a program that awards planning grants on a competitive basis to local governments and non-profit organizations to prepare plans for the enhancement of existing centers and corridors consistent with regional development policies.

ARC’s Fourth Online Public Meeting: Strengthening Our Resources and Preparing for the Future

November 18, 2010

ARC invites you to help develop policies that will affect the way the Atlanta region grows and how we will travel throughout the region.


By participating in our fourth online public meeting at your convenience before December 31. Your opinions will help shape the region’s future through PLAN 2040. Review the facts and take a few minutes to give ARC your thoughts or to ask questions that might lead to policy decisions. This online public meeting is available 24/7.

For more information, call 404.463.3272 or email

ARC Accepting Applications for New LCI Studies & Supplemental Studies

November 16, 2010

The Atlanta Regional Commission is now accepting applications for new LCI studies and LCI supplemental studies. All applications must be received at ARC by Friday, December 17, 2010. The applications and supporting information can be downloaded from the ARC website at

Applicants are encouraged to review all application instructions closely as some requirements have changed from previous years.  

Over the past 11 years, the LCI program has spurred cities, counties and communities of all sizes to undertake planning for activity centers, town centers and transportation corridors that is bringing a new level of livability to the region. To date, more than $140 million in planning and transportation funds have been allocated to 107 distinct LCI areas in the region.  The selection of new LCI study areas and supplemental studies to support existing LCI areas will be announced in March 2011.

Contact Rob LeBeau at 404.463.3308 with questions about the application process.

Regional Development Guide and Unified Growth Policy Map now on ARC PLAN 2040 Website

November 11, 2010

To accommodate the region’s anticipated growth in a sustainable fashion, the region must plan for a different type of development than it has seen in recent decades. PLAN 2040 intends to do just this, and two tools developed to aid this endeavor have recently been made available for review on ARC’s PLAN 2040 website. (more…)

ARC Names 2010 Developments of Excellence

November 5, 2010

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) and the Livable Communities Coalition (LCC) recognized five of the region’s most innovative developments with the 2010 Developments of Excellence Awards. The winners, announced at ARC’s annual State of the Region Breakfast on Friday, November 5, were:

  • White Provision, Development of Excellence
  • Mechanicsville, Exceptional Merit for Comprehensive Community Revitalization and Design
  • Southface Eco Office, Exceptional Merit for Leadership in Sustainability
  • City of Hapeville, Livable Centers Initiative Achievement Award
  • Kirkwood Station, Exceptional Merit for Neighborhood-Sensitive Infill (more…)

PLAN 2040 Neighborhood Forums

November 2, 2010

 The Civic League for Regional Atlanta is hosting a series of PLAN 2040 neighborhood forums. (more…)

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