Archive for March, 2012

ARC Seeking Input on Regional Community Engagement Plan

March 29, 2012

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is updating its Regional Public Participation Plan and needs your input! The final plan will be called the Regional Community Engagement Plan and will be based on Value and Access. The agency is seeking valuable public comment, so please take a few minutes and let us know your thoughts via this survey. The survey will be live through April 15. For more information on ARC’s community engagement activities, please visit

Certified Professional Home Builder of GA Meeting: April 11

March 29, 2012


From a recent Certified Professional Home Builder of Georgia (CPHB) e-blast:

Join us for a builder licensing update on April 11, 2012. Bob Barnard from the State Licensing Board for Residential and General Contractors will give an overview of builder licensing, as well as cover the issues and upcoming renewal process. Licensing Hotline Manager Amanda Mathis will be available to answer frequently asked questions.

The Georgia General Assembly created the State Licensing Board for Residential and General Contractors in 2004 to regulate individuals engaged in construction contracting. Applicants for licensure must pass a two-part examination covering the license they are attempting to obtain, and business and law. The Board has the authority to adopt rules, set standards for licensure, adopt mandatory standards of professional conduct, and investigate and discipline unauthorized, negligent or incompetent contractors.

DATE: Wednesday, April 11, 2012

TIME: 1:00 – 3:00 p.m.

TOPIC: Builder Licensing Update

SPEAKER: Bob Barnard, State Licensing Board for Residential and General Contractors

LOCATION: The Housing Center, 1484 Brockett Road, Tucker, GA 30084

COST: CPHB Principal: Free; CPHB Employee and Applicant: $15; CPHB Guest : $15; HBA Member: $30; Non-member: $60

CREDITS: 2 CPHB, 2 GA Builder License

To register, fill out the attached form and fax it to the number listed. Please contact Jerene Cruse at or (678) 775-1462 with any questions.

For more information on CPHB, visit


Piece by Piece (PbP) Regional Foreclosure Initiative – Next Web Meeting: April 10

March 29, 2012

The next Piece by Piece (PbP) online/phone meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 10 at 1:00 p.m. This month’s “WebEx” is open to the public and will be given by Michael Carnathan with the Atlanta Regional Commission. Michael will be explaining and providing a live demonstration of Neighborhood Nexus, a regional information system providing data, tools and expertise as a catalyst to create opportunity for all of the region’s citizens. To find out more information about Neighborhood Nexus, visit

Piece by Piece (PbP) is a coordinated effort designed to spur strategic action from regional stakeholders who work to protect the long-term future of our neighborhoods and communities. The Piece by Piece leadership team includes the Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership; the Atlanta Regional Commission; CredAbility; Enterprise Community Partners; the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta; the Greater Atlanta Home Builders Association; the Home Depot Foundation; the National Housing Conference; and NeighborWorks America.

Please find the WebEx login and dial-in information below.

Meeting: Piece By Piece Local Government Sector April 2012 WebEx
Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Time: 1:00 p.m. Eastern
Meeting Number: 653 136 191
Meeting Password: This meeting does not require a password.

To join the online meeting:
1. Go to
2. If requested, enter your name and email address.
3. If a password is required, enter the meeting password. (This meeting does not require a password.)
4. Click “Join”.
To view in other time zones or languages, go to

To hear the audio:
Call toll-free (US/Canada): 1-866-469-3239
Call long distance (US/Canada): 1-650-429-3300
Toll-free dialing restrictions:

Access code: 653 136 191

For assistance:
1. Go to
2. On the left navigation bar, click “Support”.
You can also contact Odetta White at

To add this meeting to your calendar program (for example, Microsoft Outlook), go to:

The playback of UCF (Universal Communications Format) rich media files requires appropriate players. To view this type of rich media files in the meeting, please check whether you have the players installed on your computer by going to

Newton County Planning Work Receives National Attention

March 23, 2012

This past fall, Newton County-raised and MIT-educated Ruth Miller won a grant from MIT to produce a video series on Newton County’s comprehensive planning process. In December, Miller’s video/blog series, and the forward-thinking community planning efforts on which it is based, garnered national acclaim on the Natural Resources Defense Council blog and the Atlantic Monthly’s Atlantic Cities blog.

The four-part series is now online at It features members of the Newton County Leadership Collaborative discussing their experiences with comprehensive planning and sharing advice for planners, residents, and representatives in other communities.

“When given the opportunity to highlight any community or project in the world, I didn’t hesitate to use this opportunity to bring the spotlight to the Center,” said Miller. The Newton County native is working towards a master’s degree in urban planning at UC Berkeley, but she’s quick to praise Newton County for the ability of its leaders to commit to an enjoyable and sustainable future with the 2050 plan. “Sometimes it feels like academic planning is quick to write off small towns as unplannable and irrational. I love being from such a strong counterexample. Newton County and its cities are pioneering this field, and it was a real treat to have this excuse to talk to people about it.”


Clifton Corridor LPA Announcement

March 23, 2012

From a recent MARTA e-blast:

MARTA Planning staff have completed the review of community feedback and technical analysis and have finalized a recommended locally preferred alternative (LPA) for the Clifton Corridor. The LPA is the alternative that, based on technical analysis and stakeholder input, would most effectively address the needs of the corridor and goals and objectives of the project.

The LRT 1 Alternative has been identified as the recommended LPA, which includes 8.8 miles of new light rail service from Lindbergh Center Station in north-central Atlanta to Avondale Station in west-central DeKalb County. The alternative includes 10 light rail station platforms and would provide direct service to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Emory University and Hospital, and the DeKalb Medical Center. Further, the alternative would provide an alternative means for high-capacity evacuation from the CDC in the event of an emergency situation.

MARTA Planning staff will present the LPA recommendation to the MARTA Planning and External Relations Committee on March 26at 10:00 a.m. and to the MARTA Board on April 9at 1:30 p.m.

Public comment will only be permitted at the April 9 Board meeting.

Both meetings will be held at:

MARTA Headquarters

6th Floor Board Room

2424 Piedmont Road

Atlanta, GA 30324

(Adjacent to the Lindbergh Center MARTA Rail Station on the Red and Gold Lines)

Upon MARTA Board approval, we will present the LPA to the Atlanta Regional Commission for adoption and incorporation into the long-range transportation plan. Afterwards, the LPA will be advanced through the next step in the federal project development process which is the completion of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the MARTA Project Manager, Jason Morgan, at 404-848-4494 or by email at

Next Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable: April 6

March 23, 2012

The Southface Energy Institute will be hosting its next Sustainable Atlanta Roundtable (SART) on Friday, April 6 here in Atlanta.

This roundtable will focus on the Federal Government and Sustainability and will feature a trio of prominent federal government representatives: Gwen Keyes Fleming, Regional Administrator for US EPA; Ed Jennings, Regional Administrator for HUD; and John Smith, Regional Commissioner for Public Buildings Services with US GSA.

Walk-up registration is $20; online pre-registration for non-members is $15; and online pre-registration for members is $10. Pre-register online now and use the promotional code 0112 to save $5 on the price of admission. Online pre-registration closes at 12 noon on Thursday, April 5.

Visit for registration and further information.

Atlanta “Cities for Cycling” Road Show: March 29-30

March 23, 2012

The City of Atlanta, City of Decatur, Atlanta Bicycle Coalition, Atlanta Regional Commission and National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) will be hosting the Atlanta Cities for Cycling Road Show on March 29-30, 2012. This is your opportunity to learn how cities around the United States are redesigning their streets to be more bicycle-friendly. Representatives from Austin, Boston, the District of Columbia and nationally-recognized bicycle planning and design firms will share lessons learned and best practices in bikeway design, bike sharing, and related topics.

As part of NACTO’s efforts to promote best cycling practices, the organization conducts Road Show events. These events feature public presentations and meetings with elected officials and transportation professionals, all designed to address local concerns and urge the host city to take the next step in integrating bicycling into their transportation networks.  In 2010 and 2011, NACTO Cities for Cycling Road Shows were held in Boston, Baltimore, Chicago, and Philadelphia. The agenda for the Atlanta event can be found here.

Please RSVP at by March 26 to help us organize the event. A number of seats are still available, so please pass this invitation along to other stakeholders who may be interested in bicycle planning, design, and implementation.

Bicycle Signage Grants Available from Georgia Bikes

March 20, 2012

From a recent Georgia Bikes e-mail blast:

Could your community use some extra cash to improve bicycling conditions? We can help!

Georgia Bikes is very excited to offer Bicycle Signage Grants to communities in need of road markings or signage that improve bicycle safety.

Our grants, which will fund up to 50% of your signage purchase and installation, can help you improve your community with:

  • On-road pavement markings, known as “sharrows,”
  • Share the Road traffic signs,
  • Combination of sharrows and Share the Road signs, or
  • Other signage, such as “Bicycle May Use Full Lane.”

To apply for a Bicycle Signage Grant, please complete and submit our online application by 5:00 PM on April 30th, 2012.

For more information, please visit our website.

GDOT to Discuss Planned Downtown Atlanta Transportation Hub on March 14

March 13, 2012

Via ARC’s Transportation Spotlight blog:

The Georgia Department of Transportation has scheduled a public kick-off meeting for planning efforts related to the Georgia Multi-Modal Passenger Terminal (MMPT). The MMPT will bring together various ground and rail transit services in a centralized downtown Atlanta location providing passengers with greater connectivity options to the various transit services that exist today, and will serve as a hub for future transit.

The project team will introduce the project and provide background on planning efforts surrounding the MMPT, as well as why this process is different. The following keynote speakers will discuss the national trend of transit-oriented development (TOD), the role of public/private partnerships, the relationship of the MMPT to the City of Atlanta and the State, and how this project can help build a stronger Downtown:

Meeting details:

March 14, 2012, 6:00-7:30pm
Georgia Pacific Auditorium
133 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303

MARTA accessible via Peachtree Center Rail Station

Application Period for Model Atlanta Regional Commission Open Until April 13

March 12, 2012

The Atlanta Regional Commission is now recruiting students for the next Model Atlanta Regional Commission (MARC) course, which begins in September. MARC is an exciting leadership development opportunity for teenagers in Metro Atlanta.

The deadline to apply is Friday, April 13.

Public and private school students, as well as home schooled students, currently in the 9th or 10th grade in the 10-county region, are eligible. The class meets about one Saturday a month between September and February.

In addition to presentations and hands-on activities on community design and quality growth, transportation, water, economic development, and aging, students develop their own proposals for making the region a better place to live. After debating those resolutions at their own board meeting, they present them to the ARC board. MARC helps students improve their communication and presentation skills, fosters their ability to collaborate and work in groups toward a common goal, and enhances their research capabilities.

For more information and to apply, visit

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