The Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) has been an extremely popular endeavor. LCI communities have made significant commitments and investments to create and implement innovative plans for the improvement of their town centers, activity centers and corridors.
ARC incentivizes continued success by offering additional funding for supplemental studies and transportation projects. ARC monitors the success and progress of these LCI studies and projects through a biennial Implementation Report. The inclusion of pedestrian-friendly elements, mixed-use developments and a greater balance between jobs and housing in LCI communities has confirmed that the Initiative is having a positive impact throughout the region.
View the 2013 LCI Implementation Report Executive Summary (PDF)
View current and past Implementation Reports on the Evaluations page.
LCI Supplemental Study Program
The LCI Supplemental Study program provides LCI communities with additional funding for supplemental plans that, in addition to the LCI master plan, aid in overall vision implementation. Supplemental study funds are awarded on a competitive basis to existing LCI communities. They provide an opportunity for LCI sponsors to place a greater focus on issues such as access management, design guidelines, housing issues or the growing demand of our aging population.
View more information on the LCI Supplemental Funding Process (PDF)
LCI 5-Year Plan Updates
The implementation of an LCI plan is a long-term process. However, each completed LCI report includes an implementation strategy with a specific five-year action plan that outlines specific activities to be completed the five years following the plans completion.
Every five years from the completion of the original study, an LCI area is required to complete an LCI Five-Year Plan Update to ensure continued plan implementation. This is also an opportunity to take a detailed assessment of implementation progress and make needed adjustments to maintain the spirit of the original plan. An LCI Sponsor may submit a 5-Year (or Minor) Update when the original study is 10 years old, however must complete a "Major Plan Update" by the time the study is 15 years old (when a 3rd plan update would be due).
The following documents are intended to provide information and support to LCI sponsors looking to complete a 5-year update:
LCI Major Plan Updates (aka 10-Year Update)
LCI funding is available to assist LCI communities with completing a Major Plan Update. To qualify for funding assistance, the original study must have completed and adopted at least one 5-Yr Update already. The Major Update involves conducting a new market study, extensive public involvement, transportation and land use technical analysis, and may involve changes in LCI boundary/study area.
LCI Sponsors may decide to undertake a Major Plan Update for a variety of reasons, such as: the plan is 10 years old and/or outdate, major changes in market conditions, existing plan no longer supported politically or by the public, opening or closure of major employer, or wish to expand or merge LCI areas due to annexation, incorportation, or CID expansion.
The following document is intended to provide information and support to LCI sponsors looking to complete a Major Plan Update:
View the LCI 10-Year Update Requirements (PDF)
An LCI area is considered "inactive" if it has failed to complete two (2) 5-Year Updates in a row (i.e. no updates after 10 years), or has never adopted the original LCI study, or if the LCI Sponsor has notified ARC that they are no longer interested in participating in the program (e.g. if they completed implementation of the action plan). If an "inactive" LCI study area wishes to become active and eligible for funding again, they will need to complete a Major Update first.