Periodically, ARC staff and outside parties conduct reviews and studies to monitor the successes and challenges of the Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) program. These reports seek to determine, among other things, the forms of development that are taking place in LCI areas, and how policies and regulations have changed in LCI communities to reflect the goals of the LCI program. They also examine the benefits and impacts the LCI plans, policies and resulting projects might have on the region as a whole. These completed reports and evaluations can be viewed below.
2013 LCI Implementation Report
The LCI Implementation Report is a biennial report conducted by ARC. Information in the report is gathered through a survey and development inventory that is sent to all LCI communities. The Implementation Report allows ARC to track the developments and policies implemented in each LCI community to make sure that the plan is achieving the goals it set out to achieve.
The 2013 report builds off the format of the 2011, 2009 and 2007 reports. The 2004 report was the first comprehensive study of policy and regulation changes being experienced in LCI communities. The 2003 document was a status report that served as a precursor to the current report format.
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View Past Reports:
2009 LCI Indicators and Benefits Study
The purpose of the LCI Indicators and Benefits Study is to examine a sample representation of the LCI plans and determine the benefits and impacts of the LCI plans, policies and projects on the community and region as a whole. Ten LCI areas throughout the region were selected and evaluated with software known as INDEX, a program that allows planners to develop different growth scenarios composed of land use and transportation options in an ARCGIS environment.
ARC Hosts Peer Exchange - Report Available
In August 2010, ARC hosted a Peer Exchange, which was sponsored by the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) through their Transportation Planning Capacity Building program (TPCB). The Peer Exchange focused on “Best Practices in MPO Livability Programs.”
Learning and engaging peer regions with similar programs allowed ARC to explore strategies that have been tested and proven throughout the country. The following six peer regions attended the Exchange, which lasted two days and was held at ARC’s offices:
- Portland Metro, serving the Portland Oregon area
- Delaware Valley Regional Planning Commission (DVRPC), serving the Greater Philadelphia area
- North Central Texas Council of Governments (NCTCOG), serving the Dallas-Fort Worth area
- Albany Capitol District Transportation Committee (CDTC), serving the Albany New York area
- Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG), serving the Denver area
- Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), serving the San Francisco Bay area
FHWA and FTA wrote a report documenting the presentations and discussions from the peer exchange (PDF), which can be downloaded through their website.
LCI Highlighted at CNU 18 in May 2010
The LCI program was highlighted at the May 2010 Congress for the New Urbanism (CNU) national conference in Atlanta, in the session titled "Reinvigorating Existing Suburban Centers: The LCI Experience". This session featured presentations from Tom Weyandt of the ARC, Randy Vinson with the City of Covington, Yvonne Williams with the Perimeter CIDs, Marty Allen with the City of Suwanee, Lyn Menne with the City of Decatur, and Andrew Dannenberg with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Session presentations are available below.
Awards and Recognitions
View the Video: LCI: Catalyst for Change
The LCI program has received numerous awards and recognitions for its innovative approach to planning. Below is a list of awards and honors, both local and national, bestowed on the LCI program since its inception in 1999. Also included below are links to major reports featuring the LCI program.
- APA National Planning Excellence Award for Implementation, 2009
- EPA National Award for Smart Growth Achievement – Policies and Regulations, 2008
- National Association of Regional Councils – Certificate of Excellence for Best Practices Project, 2005
- Federal Highway Administration & Federal Transit Administration – Transportation Planning Excellence Award for Transportation and Land Use Integration, 2004
- Association of Metropolitan Planning Organizations – Noteworthy MPO Practices in Transportation-Land Use Planning Integration, 2004
- Georgia Planning Association – Outstanding Innovative & Effective Planning Process, 2000
- Articles in Georgia Trend (Sept 2006 & July 2004), New Urban News (March 2002), Brownfield News (Apr 2005), numerous articles in Atlanta Business Chronicle, AJC and other local papers
- Cole Fellows 2002 LCI Evaluation Taskforce Report (PDF)
- Chris Nelson Report - Strategic Role of LCI (PDF)
- SMARTRAQ Report - Before and After Study of LCI (PDF)