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.

2016 LCI Recipients

In 2016, ARC awarded $800,000 in LCI study grants to nine metro Atlanta communities and $12 million in transportation funding to 11 communities that have previously implemented completed LCI studies. See press release.

Study grant recipients:

Buckhead Community Improvement District 
Grant amount: $112,000
This 15-year plan update will bring the community together to address the generational divide around the future vision of Buckhead and the transportation capacity needed to better connect residents to jobs and amenities amid intense development.
Contact: Jim Durrett, executive director, 404-842-2683,

City of College Park
Grant amount: $80,000
This major plan update will help further develop the aerotropolis concept and leverage funding for a pedestrian bridge connecting the Georgia International Convention Center to downtown College Park. 
Contact: Artie Jones, director of economic development, 404-669-3764,

City of Doraville & City of Chamblee
Grant amount: 
This study supplements existing plans in both cities and will help develop a plan and process to revitalize Buford Highway, addressing connectivity, affordable housing and pedestrian safety. 
Contact: Luke Howe, director of economic development, 770-451-8745,

City of Hapeville
Grant amount:
This major plan update will further advance the aerotropolis concept in the town center.
Contact: William Whitson, city manager, 404-669-2117,

City of Jonesboro
Grant amount: 
This major plan update will account for new MARTA bus service in the area and begin the process of planning for a future rail station, along with the expected economic growth.
Contact: Ricky Clark, city clerk, 770-478-3800,

City of Smyrna
Grant amount:
This study supplements an existing LCI plan by further studying Spring Road and the impact of traffic and economic growth associated with SunTrust Park, the future home of the Atlanta Braves. 
Contact: Tom Boland, economic development manager, 678-631-5348,

Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District
Grant amount:
This study supplements an existing LCI plan by planning for a trail connecting Gwinnett Place Mall and McDaniel Park. The planning includes environmental screening, public engagement and trail placement.
Contact: Joe Allen, executive director, 678-924-8171,

Gwinnett Village Community Improvement District
Grant amount:
This major plan update focuses on transit-oriented development opportunities around a potential high-capacity transit station at I-85 and Indian Trail Road. 
Contact: Chuck Warbington, executive director, 770-449-6542,

Little Five Points Community Improvement District
Grant amount: 
This 10-year plan update focuses on managing development pressure around two MARTA stations and the Atlanta BeltLine, as well as better connecting the district across DeKalb Avenue.
Contact: Scott Ball, Executive Director, 404-941-4553,

Transportation grant recipients:

City of Atlanta

  • Engineering of Baker Street, two-way conversion ($226,560)
  • Engineering of sidewalks and trails near West End, Oakland City and Lakewood MARTA stations ($264,000)
  • Engineering of 15th Street extension in Midtown ($188,625)

Cobb County

  • Engineering of Phase 1 of Rottenwood Creek Trail in Marietta ($400,000) 

DeKalb County

  • Construction of sidewalks and trails connecting Medical Center and Dunwoody MARTA stations ($3,841,985)
  • Engineering of pedestrian improvements in Avondale Estates ($128,000)

Fulton County

  • Engineering of last-mile connectivity, sidewalks and trails for the Global Gateway Connector in College Park ($535,626)

Gwinnett County 

  • Right of way for multi-use trail from Norcross to Lilburn ($311,728)
  • Bicycle and pedestrian improvements in Buford Town Center ($184,000)


  • Avondale Station: Construction and maintenance of an intermodal bus facility, designated parking for MARTA patrons and a transit plaza within the parking for new development near the station. ($4,000,000)
  • Brookhaven Station: Construction of pedestrian improvements, including a new elevator and an improved network of wheelchair ramps. ($2,000,000)

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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