The Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) is a program that awards planning grants on a competitive basis to local governments and nonprofit organizations to prepare and implement plans for the enhancement of existing centers and corridors consistent with regional development policies, and also provides transportation infrastructure funding for projects identified in the LCI plans.
The Community Choices program provides technical assistance to local jurisdictions at no cost to help them design and create communities that meet the needs and desires of their citizens.
The ARC Board has approved $18 million in study funds - $1 million annually - for use in years 2000 to 2017. The ARC Board also approved an initial allocation of $350 million for priority funding of transportation projects resulting from Livable Centers Initiative studies. An additional $150 million was approved for these projects in the 2030 RTP, for a total commitment of $500 million dedicated to transportation projects resulting from completed LCI studies.
2014 LCI Recipients Announced
ARC awarded $800,000 in its latest round of LCI grants to 11 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.
The 2014 LCI grant recipients are:
Hiram Town Center
Award amount: $60,000
Local match: $15,000
Sponsor: City of Hiram
This study focuses on downtown Hiram and a portion of the Silver Comet Trail, exploring appropriate mixed-use and infill development, as well as connections to the Silver Comet Trail and to the major retail corridor along US 278.
Hiram LCI Application
Peachtree Corners Town Center
Award amount: $96,000
Local match: $24,000
Sponsor: City of Peachtree Corners
This plan will focus on providing a roadmap for the development of a town center within the newly-incorporated City of Peachtree Corners. The study will help the city develop a walkable, connected downtown core and create a community identity.
Peachtree Corners LCI Application
The nine 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: $70,000, to study the improvement of transit stations in the southern end of downtown (see application)
- City of Atlanta: $40,000, for a transportation study of the Vine City-Washington Park area (see application)
- City of Avondale Estates: $50,000, to study the feasibility of a roundabout, road diet and “Better Block” demonstration project (see application)
- City of Clarkston: $80,000, for a major plan update (see application)
- Gwinnett Place CID: $90,000, for a master plan of the Gwinnett Place Multi-Modal Boulevard (see application)
- City of Kennesaw: $80,000, for a major plan update (see application)
- Lilburn CID: $60,000, for Lawrenceville Highway Urban Design Implementation Study (see application)
- Town Center Area CID: $114,000, for a major plan update (see application)
- City of Woodstock: $60,000, to expand the Highway 92 Corridor Study (see application)
Since its inception in 1999, LCI has assisted 113 communities with approximately $15 million in planning grants to devise strategies that reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality by better connecting homes, shops and workplaces. Another $173 million has gone to help recipients build transportation projects that help them accomplish their goals.
The evolution of the LCI program in relation to PLAN 2040 will continue to provide more local flexibility but create an even stronger link to regional plan implementation. ARC staff received substantial positive feedback during 2011 for continued planning and implementation assistance in existing LCI communities. In response, ARC committed more than 40 percent of 2012 LCI study funds to the support of existing LCI communities. In 2013, ARC committed over 60 percent of LCI funds to existing LCI communities. While many communities have an excellent record of LCI implementation, it is clear that additional assistance is needed to further the efforts of local governments and CIDs/non-profits in existing LCI areas.
Search LCI Database
Click the button below to search a database of LCI studies and plan updates completed by LCI Recipients.
LCI Boundaries Available for Google Earth
LCI Interactive Map
Click the button below to launch the LCI Interactive Map. Through the interactive map you can view where LCI communities are located throughout the region. By clicking on an LCI area you can view all funding information pertaining to that study area, as well as study documents and transportation project information. Use the tools of the top of the page to get started!
"ARC Livable Centers Initiative: Catalyst for Change"
Created in 1999, the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Livable Centers Initiative program connects homes, shops and offices, enhances streetscapes and sidewalks, emphasizes pedestrians, improves access to transit options and expands housing choices. This nine-minute video explores the LCI program and profiles three LCI communities – West End, Woodstock and Perimeter Center Community Improvement Districts.
Video: "Livable, Healthy Communities"
This episode showcases new developments in communities across the region that promote quality growth principles by successfully mixing live, work and play options. The show also includes interviews with experts in development, housing, community improvement and livable communities. Watch the episode.
For additional information on the Livable Centers Initiative, please contact Amy Goodwin at firstname.lastname@example.org.