The Livable Centers Initiative program is open for funding to government jurisdictions and non-profit organizations in the 18-county Atlanta Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) boundaries (PDF) (includes all of 13 counties and portions of five additional counties). The LCI program uses federal Surface Transportation Program funds (STP-Urban, aka M230) administered through ARC. To be considered for an LCI award, a jurisdiction must maintain Qualified Local Government (QLG) status or show progress toward reinstating QLG status through the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA).
As of 2014, there are 117 distinct urban places designated as LCI communities, with 95 of those initial LCI studies having been funded by ARC. The remaining 22 LCI areas funded plans with local or private funds which were later "grandfathered" or accepter into the LCI program. Additionally, ARC has funded 95 "supplemental" studies in LCI areas for projects such as zoning code development, trail feasibility studies, parking studies, design guidelines and more.
LCI Sponsor Resources
Consistent with regional planning policy, eligible study areas must be identified on the Unified Growth Policy Map (UGPM) as one of the places or centers below. More detail on UGPM centers and places can be found in the PLAN 2040 Development Guide. Appropriately defined LCI study areas must meet one of the following categories:
- Local Centers: Includes, as identified on the UGPM: Town Centers, Crossroads Communities, Village Centers (as well as Major Retail Centers, Wellness and University Districts unless otherwise contained in a Regional Center as described below).
- Regional Centers: Includes, as identified on the UGPM and the Regional Development Guide: Regional Centers, Station Communities, Community Activity Centers, and Regional Town Centers.
- Corridors: Eligible corridors include those identified as “Redevelopment Corridors” on the UGPM or any corridor that connects two or more LCI areas or “places” as identified on the UGPM . For purposes of this program, corridors are roadways that are functionally classified as a collector or higher. The corridor study boundaries will be relatively short in length (approximately 1/2 to 4 miles) and should be based on logical termini, not solely on jurisdictional boundaries (this may require joint applications). These study areas will be focused on creating multi-modal, complete streets, connecting LCI areas or existing centers. Land uses between the LCI areas or existing centers should emphasize efficient multi-modal mobility and safety and efficient utilization of existing infrastructure, and should not divert growth opportunities from adjacent centers/nodes.
- Note: Additional areas may be considered on a case by case basis if the area is identified in the jurisdiction's Comprehensive Plan as suitable for growth, and the area and proposal is consistent with LCI and PLAN 2040 goals .
Acceptance Process for Locally-funded or Existing Studies (aka "Grandfathering" Process)
LCI Grandfather Process (PDF)