Livable Centers Initiative

About the Livable Centers Initiative

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.

LCI Recipients

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.

Since its inception in 1999, LCI has assisted 112 communities with more than $194 million in planning and implementation grants to devise strategies that reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality by better connecting homes, shops and offices. LCI communities cover less than four percent of the region’s land area, but contain seven percent of its residential development, 29 percent of its commercial development and 69 percent of its office development.

2015 LCI Recipients

ARC awarded $800,000 in its latest round of Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) grants to eight metro Atlanta communities. See press release here. The LCI grants will help these communities create new plans for quality growth and help develop innovative policies that support more vibrant, connected communities. The 2015 LCI grant recipients are: 

Turner Field Stadium Neighborhoods Regional Center

Award amount: $212,000 (Total cost, including matching funds: $275,000)
Sponsor: City of Atlanta & Invest Atlanta
Contact: Charletta Wilson Jacks, Director, Office of Planning, City of Atlanta and Courtney Knight, Managing Director, Redevelopment, Invest Atlanta
Phone/Email: Ms. Jacks - 404-330-6145, 

 Application (pdf)

This study will help the communities adjacent to Turner Field envision the future of the stadium and surrounding parking lots, develop a concept plan and rethink transportation infrastructure needs, all while enhancing and protecting existing neighborhoods. The City of Atlanta and Invest Atlanta will partner with the Atlanta Fulton County Recreation Authority, Annie E. Casey Foundation (which is contributing financial resources for the study), the Atlanta BeltLine Inc. and various neighborhood organizations.

Locust Grove Town Center

Award amount: $92,000 (Total Study Cost: $115,000)
Sponsor: City of Locust Grove
Contact: Tim Young, City Manager
Phone/Email: 770-957-5043,

 Application (pdf)

This plan will help the City of Locust Grove manage commercial and residential development pressure and guide growth for the town center and areas adjacent to the Tanger Outlet Mall and I-75 interchange. The study will focus on development plans for vacant tracts of land, as well as infill development in the town center, while also preserving and enhancing the historic character of Locust Grove and improving connectivity throughout the study area.

The six remaining grants are for supplemental studies to help LCI communities implement their existing plans or complete updates to older plans. The following communities were awarded supplemental study funds (please note that "total cost" includes the local funding contribution):

  • City of Buford, $100,000 for a major plan update with a focus on connectivity to schools (Total Cost: $125,000). Application (pdf)
  • City of Canton, $104,000 for a major plan update including expansion of the study area into the historic downtown (Total Cost: $130,000). Application (pdf)
  • City of Powder Springs, $80,000 for a major plan update with a focus on concept plans for vacant land downtown and connection to the Silver Comet Trail (Total Cost: $100,000). Application (pdf)
  • McPherson Redevelopment Authority, $60,000 for a major plan update to the Oakland City/Lakewood LCI, including expansion to include the entire Fort McPherson site (Total Cost: $100,000). Application (pdf)
  • City of Chamblee and MARTA, $104,000 for a trail concept and feasibility study on MARTA property and extending to destinations throughout Chamblee (Total Cost: $130,000). Application (pdf)
  • City of Norcross, $48,000, for a greenway trail feasibility study for two segments along a Georgia Power easement and Beaver Ruin Rd (Total Cost: $60,000). Application (pdf)


Search LCI Database

Click the button below to search a database of LCI studies and plan updates completed by LCI Recipients.

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LCI Boundaries Available for Google Earth

Download LCI Boundaries in Google Earth (KMZ - Google Earth file)

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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

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