Archive for February, 2013

Georgia Historic Preservation Conference April 26-27

February 28, 2013

The Georgia Historic Preservation Division has announced the 2013 State Historic Preservation Conference, set for April 26-27 in Milledgeville.

The statewide conference will bring together preservation professionals, non-profit members, board members, planners, architects, architectural historians, archaeologists, city and county administrators, city and county council members, city and county attorneys, landscape architects, historic preservation commission (HPC) members, genealogists, historians, and planning and preservation students from across Georgia.

These two days of presentations, site visits, social events, and networking are made possible through a partnership between HPD, the Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation, and the Georgia Alliance of Preservation Commissions. For the first time, the statewide HPC Training will be held simultaneously with the State Historic Preservation Conference and the Georgia Trust’s Spring Ramble. Full credit for training will be given to Certified Local Government historic preservation commission members and staff who attend. The conference will include educational sessions as well as site visits to nearby successful preservation projects.

For more information — including the call for session proposals, agenda, travel recommendations, and registration — visit

Contact Outreach Program Manager, Leigh Burns, at with any questions.

Registration Information

Regular registration – $125
Historic Preservation Commission registration – $125
Student registration (does not include Andalusia reception) – $100
Registration with AIA credit – $165
Registration with ABA credit – $165

CNU Atlanta Workshop March 29: Connecting Neighborhoods to Transit

February 22, 2013

CNU Atlanta Spring 2013 Workshop Logo

CNU Atlanta is set to host its Spring 2013 workshop, Connecting Neighborhoods to Transit, on Friday, March 29 from 8:30am-4:30pm at the Loudermilk Center in downtown Atlanta.

Focused on transit-oriented development (TOD) design, the program will feature lectures from nationally prominent planner and designer, Jeff Speck, author of the books Walkable City: How Downtown Can Save America, One Step at a Time and Suburban Nation. The workshop will also include a discussion session and an afternoon design exercise.

The intended audience includes architects, planners, transportation/civil engineers, real estate developers, elected officials, transit advocates, students, and anyone else interested in smart growth and walkable environments around transit stations. The workshop is open to all, regardless of level of design experience.

Applications for AIA and AICP CM credits are pending. Certificates will be issued for self-reporting of ASLA, CNU-A and PE credits.

For more information and to register, visit

ARC Opens 2013 Application Cycle for Regional Youth Leadership Program

February 22, 2013

Now in its 15th year, the award-winning Model Atlanta Regional Commission (MARC) youth leadership program brings together some 50 teenagers from all ten counties in the region for six months of study, debate and hands-on activities regarding regional issues and challenges.

The program gives teens an opportunity to learn more about the community in which they live while honing their leadership skills.

The application process for the 2013-2014 MARC Class is now open. All students currently in the 9th or 10th grade in the 10-county Atlanta Region are eligible to apply.

For more information on the application and selection process, and to apply online, visit

ARC Accepting Applications for Green Communities Program

February 22, 2013

ARC is currently accepting applications for its Green Communities Program until the deadline of 5:00 p.m. on May 24, 2013.

Green Communities is a voluntary certification program for jurisdictions in the 10-county Atlanta region is designed to encourage local governments to become more sustainable. Local governments earn points in ten categories by implementing specific policies and practices that contribute to overall sustainability. The categories are:

  • Green Building
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Green Power
  • Water Use Reduction and Efficiency
  • Transportation
  • Recycling and Waste Reduction
  • Land Use
  • Education
  • Innovation
  • Trees and Greenspace

Green Communities set an example by conserving energy, investing in renewable energy, conserving water, conserving fuel, reducing waste and protecting and restoring the community’s natural resources.

Measures are worth 5 or 10 points, depending on their difficulty and overall impact. Three levels of certification are awarded:

  • Level 1 – Bronze: 175-229 points
  • Level 2 – Silver: 230-279 points
  • Level 3 – Gold: 280-405 points

For more information and access to application materials and instructions, visit

After the May 24 deadline, applications will be reviewed by ARC staff through August, and in October an Advisory Review Team will review the applications and provide recommendations. The next class of Certified Green Communities will be announced in late fall 2013.

Next Regional Housing Forum Set for March 6

February 18, 2013

The next quarterly Regional Housing Forum will take place on Wednesday, March 6 from 9:30-11:45 a.m. at the Loudermilk Center for the Regional Community (40 Courtland Street, Atlanta, GA 30303).

The topic:

PLACE MATTERS: Leveraging Catalytic Opportunities for Equitable Development

Spurred by large public and private investment, the potential for the significant transformation of a depressed neighborhood provides a rare opportunity to encourage housing and neighborhood development that is both equitable and sustainable. Various opportunities loom in the near future due to several large investments planned throughout the region, including, the Beltline, downtown streetcar, Fort McPherson, former General Motors site, and new development of the Georgia Dome and additions to Turner field. How should the surrounding communities respond?

If the principles of equitable development can be brought to bear upon the revitalization activities in the affected neighborhood, the large monetary investment could spur the residential transformation of an area enhancing quality of life. A number of the sites are historically underserved neighborhoods that have been negatively affected by these large investments, but by changing how these new larger investments are conceived and built the neighborhoods can be provided new opportunities to succeed.

The next Regional Housing Forum takes up the question of how these opportunities can and should spur revitalization in surrounding neighborhoods. What core principles should the large public investment be conditioned upon? How can connectivity be achieved that will link jobs with affordable housing? What organizations are the preferred “drivers” of this potential development? What are models that we can we look to in other cities that have successfully used significant infrastructure investments to spur development that is interwoven into their community? How do we align the various-and often fractious and competing-interests, both private and public, around these massive undertakings?


9:00 a.m. – Registration

9:30 a.m. – Welcome & Introductions – Bill Bolling, Atlanta Community Food Bank

9:45 a.m. – Panel Discussion – Panelists to be announced soon

11:45 a.m. – Adjourn

For more information, visit

ARC Opens 2013 Community Choices Application Period Today

February 18, 2013


The Community Choices Program is an agency-wide initiative of the ARC that provides local governments with technical assistance to implement their communities’ unique plans. This is done annually through a competitive application process. Projects from past years include quality growth audits, overlay district standards, and ordinance rewrites, and are archived at

Projects may, but must not always, include a component of public participation or involvement. If selected, Community Choices staff will facilitate the project to completion, which customarily takes six to nine months.

Each application for assistance must be submitted by a local government and signed by at least the chief elected official. The application deadline is March 15, 2013.


Examples of Past Projects

City of Lithonia: In-depth review of Main Street overlay district, along with specific next steps to implement recommendations from Livable Centers Initiative Study and recent Blueprints Report.

Cobb County: Research on how County could implement green building practices in accordance with Green Communities designation.

City of Fairburn: Development of downtown overlay standards, based on Comprehensive Plan, LCI Study and input from local stakeholder committee.

Important Dates

Application Deadline – March 15, 2013
Recipients Notified – April 12, 2013
Assistance Begins – May 2013

For more information and to apply, visit:

MARTA “Development Day” Set for March 7

February 14, 2013

MARTA cordially invites you to attend “Development Day,” an exciting and informative event to educate attendees on the Authority’s Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Program. Presentations by MARTA and ARC will focus on:

  • Highlighting development opportunities at selected MARTA stations
  • Informing attendees about upcoming RFP/RFQ releases
  • Providing opportunities for networking and interaction with other developers, regional stakeholders, public officials and MARTA staff
  • Presenting demographic and market analysis opportunities for TODs

When: Thursday, March 7, 2013, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Where: Georgia Tech Hotel & Conference Center (800 Spring St. NW, Atlanta, GA 30308)

Registration: Visit

More Information: Contact Ted Tarantino at or (404) 848-5397.

Solar Energy Conference in Atlanta, Feb. 26-27

February 14, 2013

For those interested in alternative energy policy and implementation, see the below:

After a successful 2012 conference, the 3rd Annual PV Rollout Conference will take place on February 26-27, 2013 at the Metro Atlanta Chamber.

PV Rollout will examine the technical, economic and political hurdles to rapid and widespread PV (photovoltaic) deployment. Political and commercial perspectives will be considered, and the conference will pay special attention to the often under-examined link between upstream product development/process innovation and downstream system installation costs.

The conference will feature insight from industry leaders who are producing new PV products, researchers developing new PV concepts, and the developers and system integrators who implement these concepts to introduce new innovations to the PV market.

Conference panels will address the key areas of development needed for large-scale deployment, including PV markets, module technology, inverters, grid integration, financing and risk management, and PV power plants. In doing so, the conference will provide participants with strategies and know-how to overcome obstacles and develop profitable products and projects.

This event is being sponsored by the German-American Chambers of Commerce, OTTI and the Metro Atlanta Chamber.

For more information and to register, visit

EPA Accepting Applications for Smart Growth Implementation Assistance and National Award

February 13, 2013

From recent EPA Smart Growth e-blasts:

I.  Smart Growth Implementation Assistance (SGIA)

The EPA Smart Growth Implementation Assistance (SGIA) program is accepting applications from tribal, local, regional, and state governments and nonprofit organizations that have partnered with a governmental entity. Applications will be accepted until March 1, 2013.

SGIA provides technical assistance to help communities grow in ways that improve the local economy, the environment, and people’s health. The program aims to help applicants develop solutions to local challenges, such as managing stormwater, increasing transit-oriented development, and adapting to climate change, and to share those solutions with other communities.

EPA is seeking applications in the following four categories:

  1. Community Resilience to Disasters and Climate Change – Projects should aim to develop planning principles and building design guidelines that ensure future development provides communities with better protection against storms, floods, and other natural disasters.
  2. Redevelopment for Job Creation – Projects should aim to support growing industries that provide quality jobs for existing residents using land use policies that direct development to existing neighborhoods, are pedestrian-friendly, allow for transit connections, and are close to businesses and public services.
  3. Manufactured and Modular Homes in Sustainable Neighborhood Design – Projects should help communities that are using manufactured and modular homes to address sudden population and economic growth. These communities should provide a mix of uses and maximize existing streets and other infrastructure investments, community gathering spaces, and water and energy efficiency.
  4. Medical and Social Service Facilities Siting – Projects should aim to explore planning for high-quality community service facilities, including health care centers and social services centers, in ways that support neighborhood economic development and healthy communities.

EPA will provide assistance to three to four communities selected from this round of applications.

Find additional information, including the Request for Letters of Interest, at

II.  National Award for Smart Growth Achievement

The application period for the 12th Annual EPA National Award for Smart Growth Achievement is now open. This competition is open to public- and private-sector entities that have successfully used smart growth principles to improve communities environmentally, socially, and economically. The application deadline is April 12, 2013.

There is one application form for four categories:

  • Built Projects
  • Corridor and Neighborhood Revitalization
  • Plazas, Parks, and Public Places
  • Policies, Programs, and Plans

In addition, the review panel will choose an Overall Excellence winner from those that apply in these four categories.

Further information and the application form can be found at

ARC’s Livable Centers Initiative Awards $638,000 to Nine Communities

February 8, 2013

On February 8, 2013, ARC awarded $638,000 in its latest round of Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) grants to nine metro Atlanta communities. The LCI grants will help these communities create new plans for quality growth and help develop innovative policies that support more vibrant, connected communities. Once their studies and plans are complete, these communities will be eligible for additional LCI funding for transportation projects needed to implement their plans.

Since its inception in 1999, LCI has assisted 111 communities with more than $154 million in planning and implementation grants to devise strategies that reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality by better connecting homes, shops and offices. LCI communities cover only five percent of the region’s land area, but contain seven percent of its residential development, 24 percent of its commercial development and 38 percent of its office development.

“LCI has helped communities across metro Atlanta re-tool and redesign over the years, creating more places that attract residents and businesses alike,” said Tad Leithead, ARC Chairman. “Our local government partners have used these grants to the benefit of their communities and the entire region.”

The LCI program is funded with federal transportation dollars. The grants fund 80 percent of the study, with the recipient making a 20 percent match.

“Communities are eager to revitalize their town centers and underutilized properties to create places that foster a vibrant neighborhood feel and environment,” said Doug Hooker, ARC Executive Director. “LCI grants have helped communities re-imagine what they can be, and then helped them make those plans a reality.”

The 2013 LCI grant recipients are:

Medline Regional Activity Center
Award amount: $120,000
Sponsor: DeKalb County
Contact: Cedric Hudson, Planning Administrator, DeKalb County
Phone/Email: (404) 371-2789,

This study focuses on the area around DeKalb Medical Center and will plan for redevelopment of underutilized and vacant properties to create a variety of housing options and an appropriate mix of commercial, office and retail. The study will incorporate Lifelong Communities concepts and the establishment of a “wellness district” for the DeKalb Medical Center area. Additionally, the plan will address sidewalk and bicycle facilities along the major corridors in the area to create a more walkable center and to improve connections to MARTA bus routes and Emory’s Cliff shuttle.

Newnan Town Center
Award amount: $120,000
Sponsor: City of Newnan
Contact: Tracy Dunnavant, Planning & Zoning Director
Phone/Email: (770) 254-2354 ext. 4,

This plan will focus on redevelopment opportunities near the old Newnan Hospital and various industrial properties, creating a mix of land uses in a way that is compatible with the town’s historic character, as well as on improving connectivity both within Newnan and from Newnan to the larger regional transportation network.

Supplemental Studies

The seven remaining grants are for supplemental studies to help existing LCI communities implement their existing plans through additional studies, zoning changes, etc. Communities receiving supplemental study funds are:

  • Atlanta Downtown Improvement District/Central Atlanta Progress, $80,000, for a parking study;
  • City of Avondale Estates, $64,000, for a major plan update and a downtown master plan;
  • City of Chamblee, $80,000, for a 10-year major plan update;
  • City of Lithonia, $24,000, to create standards for streetscape designs and zoning code changes;
  • City of Norcross, $40,000, for a study of railroad intersection improvements in downtown Norcross;
  • Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District, $30,000, to study the feasibility of a multi-use trail from Norcross to Lilburn; and
  • Midtown Alliance, $80,000, to design potential enhancements around transit stations.

To learn more about the LCI program and the impact it has had on the Atlanta region, visit

For More Information Contact:

Jim Jaquish


Cell: (404) 323-5634

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