Posts Tagged ‘Urban planning’

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 .

For more information about Fifty Forward, contact: 

Cain Williamson

Atlanta Regional Commission

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…)

Atlanta Regional Housing Forum to Focus on the Role of Single Family Mortgage Finance in Stabilizing Metro Neighborhoods

May 25, 2010

Successful recovery in Metro neighborhoods struggling with foreclosures and vacant homes is widely dependent on the availability of single-family mortgage financing. But the current credit market – tightening credit standards, higher mortgage insurance cost, and limited purchase/rehab loan products – is leaving many prospective buyers on the sidelines. 

Many neighborhoods in return are seeing increased investor activity. And while all investors are not irresponsible, some investor activity is being dominated by cash-purchases and investor owners who are renting these properties in poor conditions, or keeping them unoccupied and boarded up with intentions of flipping them later when values return.

Financing products and policies are needed to ensure that these struggling neighborhoods are not overrun by absentee landlords and vacant blighted homes. (more…)

Plan 2040 Public Outreach Will Utilize Online Public Meetings

April 22, 2010

Community engagement is essential to any inclusive planning process, and this sort of public involvement is an integral component to the planning work the Atlanta Regional Commission undertakes.

PLAN 2040, a regional development plan for the Atlanta region’s next 30 years, is assessing the strengths and weaknesses of the region in order to recommend strategies to maintain or enhance sustainability from a social perspective, an economic perspective and an environmental perspective. For ARC’s Plan 2040 outreach process ARC will be utilizing online public meetings to hear from the public.


ARC Send Comments on New HUD Sustainable Communities Grant Program

March 16, 2010

In the 2010 budget, Congress provided a total of $150 million to HUD for a Sustainable Communities Initiative to improve regional planning efforts that integrate housing and transportation decisions and increase the capacity to improve land use and zoning.   Of that total, approximately $100 million will be available for regional integrated planning initiatives through HUD’s Sustainable Communities Planning Grant Program.

 During February HUD sought input from the public, including state and local governments, regional bodies, community development entities, and a broad range of other stakeholders on how the program should be structured in order to have the most meaningful impact on sustainable regional planning.

A full overview of the program and comments are available at HUDs website, here :

 ARC provided many comments to HUD regarding the new program.


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