Archive for March, 2015

March Planning Events in Metro Atlanta

March 10, 2015

The month of March is full of planning-related events around the Atlanta region, spanning a range of topics such as housing, historic preservation, TOD, community development, and leadership.

ARC Regional Leadership Institute (RLI)Applications now being accepted. RLI is a comprehensive leadership program designed to better prepare a diverse group of community, government, business and nonprofit leaders to work collaboratively in addressing regional issues. For more information and to apply, visit Contact Katrina DeBerry at with questions.

The Phoenix Flies: 12th Annual Celebration of Atlanta’s Historic Sites: March 7-22. Atlanta’s historic built environment of buildings, landscapes and neighborhoods is an integral part of the City’s culture and economy. The Phoenix Flies Celebration provides an opportunity to learn about, celebrate and strengthen these assets to the benefit of all. The 2015 program includes an extensive range of tours, lectures, and other events. This annual celebration is organized by the Atlanta Preservation Center and dozens of other preservation partners. See for more information.

Atlanta Regional Housing Forum – The State of Housing in Metro Atlanta: Thursday, March 12 from 9:00-11:45 a.m. at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 435 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30308 (free parking available across the street from St. Luke’s). The Atlanta Regional Housing Forum kicks off its 2015 quarterly programs with a comprehensive look at metro Atlanta’s housing landscape. In the aftermath of the housing crisis and its lingering impacts, what are the issues of greatest concern in the housing sector for 2015 and beyond? With shifting demographics, increasing suburban poverty, expiring tax credits, troubling negative equity levels and more, our region has a number of complex issues on the table. Economic recovery and development of walkable communities seem to be flourishing in select communities. But many submarkets are struggling to return to pre-recession stature. This Forum will examine the state of affairs in all spectrums of housing – affordable and market-rate housing in both single- and multi-family sectors. Attendees will hear from representatives of the Atlanta Regional Commission, Greater Atlanta Home Builders, local public housing authorities and more. Be sure to register here.


9:00 a.m. – Registration

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

9:35 a.m. – Setting the Context – Mike Carnathan, Atlanta Regional Commission

10:00 a.m. – Panel Presentation

  • David Ellis, Greater Atlanta Home Builders
  • Doug Faust, Decatur Housing Authority
  • Chuck Young, Prestwick Development

11:45 a.m. – Adjourn

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FHWA Workshop – “Contemporary Tools and Approaches for Parking Pricing and Management”: March 16 from 8:00-5:00 p.m. at ARC in Atlanta. This workshop is designed primarily for parking program managers and transportation policy leaders from local governments to exchange ideas with national leaders and among themselves. It will feature national experts – including representatives from SFpark, where parking meter rates vary by block and time of day to ensure availability, and King County’s (Seattle’s) Right Size Parking tool, which guides policymakers and developers by providing area and parcel parking utilization rates reflective of development and site characteristics, as well as transit/bicycle access and parking prices – who will join local leaders to share insights and lessons learned. Join your regional colleagues to exchange experiences and information with each other and with national experts on a wide range of parking topics, including:

  • Parking pricing policy
  • Parking payment technologies
  • Data collection and system management strategies
  • Parking management issues facing cities
  • Innovative strategies to reduce parking demand and address the needs of preferred users
  • Tools for developing a local parking pricing and management action plan

Seating is limited, so register early at ARC is located at 40 Courtland St. NE, Atlanta, GA 30303. The workshop will take place in the Harry West Conference Room on Level C.

Underwater Atlanta: The Negative Equity Crisis: March 17 at the Carter Center in Atlanta. In the aftermath of the foreclosure crisis, metro Atlanta leads the country with 35 percent of homeowners underwater on their mortgage loans. Housing recovery in the region has been wildly uneven. The rising tide of home prices in affluent neighborhoods has bypassed large portions of metro Atlanta, particularly communities south of I-20 and along portions of the I-85 corridor. Of the top 10 hardest-hit zip codes in the country for negative equity, nine are located in metro Atlanta. On March 17, the Piece by Piece Foreclosure Response Initiative and its partners will explore solutions for the lingering issue of negative equity in our region’s neighborhoods. Make plans to attend this half-day event. Stay tuned for additional information on email and at

CNU Atlanta March T3* – The GM Doraville Redevelopment: March 19 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Steel Restaurant & Lounge (950 W. Peachtree St., Suite 255, Atlanta, GA 30309 – convenient to the Midtown MARTA station, parking also available in the Publix deck). Demolition is well underway on the GM DORAVILLE REDEVELOPMENT, and master planning is nearing completion. The redevelopment will leverage its unique position as the premier transit-oriented site in the Southeast and one that embraces parks and walkable streets. The plan will create diverse places that serve the citizens of Doraville and the region. Plan on attending to learn more about the project from Dave Schmit, Principal at Macauley+Schmit, and Eric Pinckney, Project Executive for Integral Development. THIS EVENT IS FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC. Membership is not required to attend. Visit for more information.

*T3 (Thirsty Third Thursdays) is a monthly gathering organized by the Atlanta Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU Atlanta) for architects, planners, real estate professionals and all others who are interested in our built environment.

Water Drop Dash 5K Race and Family Water Festival: Saturday, March 21 (register by March 18). This Peachtree Road Race qualifier caps off Fix a Leak Week and takes place at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Roswell. The course is fast and flat along the banks of the Chattahoochee River. The family Water Festival follows with a children’s fun run with mascots, prizes, activities, games, crafts and sponsors’ booths.  Race participants will receive a t-shirt and enjoy free admission to the Chattahoochee Nature Center all day on race day. For more information or to register, visit

Clayton County “State of the County” Address: March 26 (rescheduled from Feb. 26) from 7:45-9:30 a.m. at Clayton State University in Morrow. The address will feature County Chairman Jeffrey Turner. Discussion items will include Highlights and Achievements of 2014; Economic Development; MARTA; Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) Projects; and Future Opportunities. Cost: $20 members and member guests, $30 non-members. Visit for more information and to register.

GPA and GT Spring 2015 Reception: March 26 in Atlanta. Please join GPA and the Georgia Tech Student Planning Association (SPA) for the Spring 2015 Alumni & Networking Reception on Thursday, March 26 from 6:30 -8:30 p.m. at Park Tavern (500 10th Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309). This event is open to all planning professionals and planning students. The event features an evening of drinks and conversation with industry professionals, alumni, Georgia Tech faculty and other enthusiasts. It will be held in the main restaurant level at Park Tavern with a full bar and food menu available. Parking is available for $3.00. Please be sure to RSVP here and visit the SPA Facebook page here. With questions, email Ranjani Prabhakar, SPA Social Chair.

2015 National Main Streets Conference: March 30-April 2 in Atlanta. This annual conference is hosted by the National Main Street Center, a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The conference attracts professionals in preservation-based, economic development and community revitalization, including both experienced and new downtown and neighborhood Main Street directors, volunteers, architects, planners, economic development professionals, public officials, volunteers, and consultants. In addition to learning and networking opportunities, the event will feature a day-long Main Street Four-Point Approach training; mobile workshops where attendees learn from revitalization successes and challenges in the Atlanta region; and an Expo Hall with product and service providers specializing in commercial district revitalization. The 2015 conference theme is “TEAM Main Street: Teamwork and Entrepreneurship across Main Street.” The event will be focused on bringing partners together to foster new ideas for building economic, financial, and business development successes on Main Street. To learn more, visit

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