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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 utilizes federal transportation program L230 funds 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).

More About LCI Communities

Over the 12 years of the LCI program from 2000 to 2011, 266 studies were proposed by cities, counties and nonprofit organizations. ARC funded 93 of these LCI studies. Also during that time period, 18 communities completed plans using other funds and were “grandfathered” (accepted) as LCI communities.

Study Year Town Center Study Activity Center Study Corridor Study Amount Funded
2000 8 3 1 $1 million
2001 3 7 0 $1 million
2002 5 5 0 $896,250
2003 7 2 1 $896,250
2004 5 4 0 $843,750
2005 2 4 3 $908,500
2006 3 2 2 $762,500
2007 2 2 3 $793,750
2008 2 4 0 $695,000
2009 2 2 2 $596,000
2010 2 3 0 $440,000
2011 0 2  0  $200,000 

LCI Sponsor Resources

View Templates for Invoicing and Monthly Reporting (PDF)

View a list of LCI Communities with Contact Information: 2000-2013 (PDF)

View a list of Funded LCI Studies: 2000-2011 (PDF)

View a list of Funded LCI Supplemental Studies: 2002-2011 (PDF) 

Requirements

LCI study areas (PDF) must be one of the following four types:

  • Town Center
  • Activity Center
  • Corridor
  • Emerging Regional Center or Corridor

Requirements to be grandfathered as an LCI area are as follows:

In July 2009, the ARC Board authorized LCI study funds for an additional three years: 2010, 2011 and 2012. In doing so, the Board added a requirement to link eligible study areas to priority development areas in the region. LCI study areas must be in an eligible category, as described here, and must be located in one of three focus areas within the MPO boundaries: Mega-Corridors (now known as Region Core and Regional Employment Corridors) or Regional Places (e.g., Regional Centers, Town Centers, etc.) as noted on the Unified Growth Policy Map (UGPM), or within a station area identified by the Transit Implementation Board (TIB) Concept 3 (now known as Station Communities on the UGPM). Appropriately defined LCI study areas must meet one of the following criteria:

  • A minimum of 75 percent of the proposed LCI study area must be located within the boundaries of Mega-Corridors (now known as Region Core and Regional Employment Corridors) or Regional Places (e.g., Regional Centers, Town Centers, etc.) on the UGPM, or
  • A study area focused around a TIB Concept 3 station area (now known as Station Communities on the UGPM) can be one of two types: 1) a half-mile radius around a proposed station area location, or 2) a feasibility analysis and concept plan to identify a specific station area site consistent with a proposed Concept 3 (now known as Station Communities on the UGPM) location. Both must meet all other requirements of an LCI study area and prepare the required study deliverables.
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