Posts Tagged ‘Sustainability’

LCI Areas Account for 37% of Region’s Population

April 5, 2011

Now that the 2010 US Census data is available for download, it is hard not to spend considerable time doing various analyses with the new data.

The latest example: I just recently ran an analysis of block group population data contained within LCI areas, as compared to the region as a whole (region being defined by the MPO boundary for this first analysis). Keep in mind the numbers are approximate since the LCI study boundaries do not follow block group lines. But regardless, the results are pretty cool! (more…)

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…)

Fifty Forward Visioning Process Reaches Capstone Event

July 26, 2010

 

In 2008, the Atlanta Regional Commission launched the Fifty Forward initiative as a way to explore scenarios for metro Atlanta focusing on the region’s future livability, prosperity and sustainability.  The initiative was introduced at ARC’s 2008 State of the Region breakfast and challenged some 1,000 attendees to determine their preferred future by asking questions such as: What will metro Atlanta be like in 50 years?  What are the key issues, trends and opportunities to consider in helping to make our region thrive in the future? What are short and long-term action steps the region must achieve to reach our goals?

Over the couple of years that followed this 2008 State of the Region breakfast ARC has convened forums on Health, Sustainability, Demography and Diversity, Megaregions, the Economy and Globalization, Science, Technology and Innovation, Land Use and Housing, Transportation and Energy (Additional information on past forums can be found here).

On July 29 the Fifty Forward capstone event will be held at the Carter Center in Atlanta. This event will combine all the input received through the previous forums, relating research and other products that have been created over the past two years into a unified long-range vision for the Atlanta region.  This event will also seek to make recommendations to structure what some priority implementation steps may be. To register for this event please visit http://www.atlantafiftyforward.com/futures_forums.html .

For more information about Fifty Forward, contact: 

Cain Williamson

Atlanta Regional Commission

CWilliamson@atlantaregional.com

Is it Game Over for Atlanta? I Think Not!

July 2, 2010

There was an interesting article that came out of the New Geography website recently. In his article titled “Is it Game Over for Atlanta?” author Aaron Renn questions the Atlanta Region’s staying power.

Atlanta was only recently one of the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the country, but has experienced a major population slowdown in the past couple years of the recession. Renn’s article points to trends that have contributed to this slowdown, such as a battered housing market and an unemployment rate above the national average of 9.7%. 

But according to Renn’s article (and most of you would probably agree), the metro area’s biggest Achilles heel is found in its infrastructure woes. Apart from the fact that the region is currently restricted from using what has been its principal water source supply, which is a huge issue in and of itself, the region has failed to adequately fund and invest in its transportation network for years. The region’s population has grown by over 1 million people in the past eight years alone, but the amount of funding for both MARTA and GDOT is currently less than it was in 2000. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out that this equals serious problems for the existing transportation infrastructure and those residents trying to utilize it. (more…)

ARC Working on Regional Resource Plan

June 15, 2010

As a Regional Commission, ARC must prepare and adopt a Regional Plan to meet both federal transportation planning rules and also minimum standards and procedures for regional planning developed by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA).  One component of this Regional Plan, as required under DCA rules, mandates the development of a plan for the protection and management of regional resources and a review of activities potentially impacting these resources. ARC is currently underway in the development of this Regional Resource Plan and Regionally Important Resources Map for the 10‐county area of the Atlanta region (Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale Counties).

With the wealth of historic, cultural and natural resources in the Atlanta Region, the Regional Resource Plan is designed to enhance the protection and management of these amenities while planning for their place as a part of our sustainable future.  Resources identified as Regionally Important will be incorporated as Areas Requiring Special Attention in ARC’s Plan 2040 and the plan will be used to coordinate activities and planning of local governments, land trusts and conservation or environmental protection groups’ activities in the region, and state agencies toward protection and management of the identified Regionally Important Resources.

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An Age of Aging Infrastructure

May 11, 2010

While planners, developers and policy makers understand how important the nation’s infrastructure is to our stability and sustainability, it is probably not a common discussion topic in many circles.   However, some argue that our nation is becoming characterized as one plagued by an aging infrastructure. This issue is a highly challenging and costly one to address. The result of decades of underinvestment, it is slowly creeping to a head at a time when governmental bodies everywhere are tightening their budgets.

A recent report published by the Urban Land Institute (ULI), titled “Infrastructure 2010: Investment Imperative,” addresses this issue on a national scale.  The report – which can be downloaded here – indicates that the nation is in a bind when it comes to infrastructure needs and capacity. The Unites States falls behind global competitors in this arena, and struggles to gain traction in planning and building the critical infrastructure investments that support a rapidly expanding population, while also ensuring future economic growth.  A large-scale solution is needed.

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LCI Program a National Model

March 16, 2010

Dan Reuter, ARC Land Use Division Chief made a presentation at the Transportation Research Board (TRB) 89th Annual Meeting – January 10-14, 2010 in Washington, D.C.  The title of the presentation was “ARC’s Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) – a National Model”.  The LCI program continues to be viewed as one of the best regional examples in the nation of how resources can be provided to local governments to implement strategies that link land use, housing and transportation investments.  LCI not only supports better alignment of land use with existing transportation infrastructure but also is a primary action undertaken by ARC to implement regional plans.

LCI has also been listed as a model program on the US DOT- Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Livable and Sustainable Communities web page. The website highlight’s FTA programs that fit into the larger US DOT Livability Initiative and the Federal Sustainable Communities Partnership.  The Sustainable Communities Partnership includes US DOT, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) working together to provide citizens with access to affordable housing, more transportation options, and lower transportation costs, while protecting the environment in communities nationwide.   The LCI program is listed on the website as the first item under “Livability Case Studies and Outreach” on the FTA website.  For more information see the following link: http://fta.dot.gov/publications/publications_10935.html


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