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Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next

Kasarda's Aerotropolis


“The true challenge is planning to get the aerotropolis right. If there is not appropriate planning, airport-area development will be spontaneous, haphazard, economically inefficient and ultimately unsustainable. The aerotropolis model brings together airport planning, urban and regional planning, and business site planning, to create a new urban form that is highly competitive, attractive and sustainable.” -- Dr. John Kasarda

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Airport Area Planning

Atlanta Aerotropolis and Airport Area Planning

ARC has engaged local governments, businesses, and citizens in the area surrounding Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL) since 2011, and helped in the creation of the Atlanta Aerotropolis Alliance. A 501(c)(6) non-profit organization focused on increasing investment and economic development around the world's busiest airport and the region’s international "front door," the Alliance is partnering with ARC to plan an "aerotropolis" for the region and prepare it to become metro Atlanta's next big activity center -- one that can positively impact all other activity centers in the region. Visit the Atlanta Aerotropolis Alliance website for more information on this organization and how to get involved. You can also follow the Alliance on Facebook and Twitter @AtlAerotropolis.

Atlanta Aerotropolis Blueprint

In 2015, ARC and the Atlanta Aerotropolis Alliance are undertaking an effort to develop the aerotropolis vision into something tangible -- a master "blueprint." As with other blueprints that have been developed in the Atlanta region, this effort will create a broad strategy for developing the airport area into one of the Atlanta region’s premier activity centers. It will provide ARC and local governments with specific tasks and policies to implement, as well as a roadmap that will bring together the many stakeholders of the region and move them toward a world-class aerotropolis.

As the first phase of the visioning process, ARC used its resources to develop the Aerotropolis Inventory and Assessment Report. This report is an overview of existing plans and policies, and provides demographic and economic data relevant to the potential growth and development of the airport area. The report serves as a foundation for the remainder of the blueprint process, which will be completed by Jacobs Engineering, MXD Development Strategists, and GLD Partners, which make up the consultant team selected to lead the effort. The consultant team will engage airport area communities in several ways, including working with the Airport Area Task Force and conducting stakeholder interviews. ARC and the Alliance expect the blueprint to be completed by the end of 2015.

Key Atlanta Aerotropolis Blueprint Documents

Airport Area Task Force

The Airport Area Task Force began meeting in August 2012. This group was integral in the creation of the Alliance and also helped spur the creation of airport area Community Improvement Districts (CIDs). This forum for public dialogue and discussion on improving the airport area will continue as a part of the Atlanta Aerotropolis Alliance. Meeting summaries from the 2012 and 2013 meetings are available below. Airport Area Task Force meetings are typically held at the Technical Support Campus at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (see driving directions to Technical Support Campus).

Contact Jon Tuley at 404-463-3307 or for more information on these airport area planning efforts.

Other Aerotropolis and Airport City Efforts

See how other regions around the country and around the world are investing in their airport areas.

The Global Gateway Event

On June 22, 2012, the Airport Area, Clayton County, and South Fulton Chambers co-hosted the Global Gateway event, along with support from several local governments, Georgia Power and ARC. See below for an event summary, presentation slides, and videos of the event.

Global Gateway: Doug Hooker Opening Remarks

Global Gateway: Tad Leithead

Global Gateway: Nancey Green Leigh, PhD, FAICP

Global Gateway: Panel Discussion and Q&A

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