The Atlanta TOD Collaborative is a thirteen-member partnership of non-profits and government agencies aimed at removing barriers to, and advancing incentives for, equitable transit-oriented development (TOD) in the Atlanta region, while increasing public understanding and awareness around the benefits of TOD.
Atlanta TOD Collaborative Organizational Summary (PDF)
Collaborative members include:
Equitable Transit-Oriented Development combines place-based and people-based approaches to develop solutions that address the needs of all residents. The result is mixed-income communities that make connections to employment opportunities, fresh foods, affordable housing and employment available to everyone. Equitable TOD achieves:
- Increases in property values without displacing the residents who would most benefit from the increase
- Greater economic opportunity by creating easier access for low and moderate income households
- A balance between return on investment for private investors and equity goals
In 2013, the Collaborative received a grant from the Ford Foundation to focus on advancing both its knowledge base and organizational infrastructure. Some of the progress made since receiving this grant opportunity includes:
- The Collaborative participated in a strategic planning process that resulted in a road map to guide the evolution of the organizational and committee structures and to establish accountability and programmatic goals. Thank you to SunTrust for supporting this event.
- The Collaborative has identified its geographic focus in the core of Atlanta, one which attempts to balance vulnerable communities with more immediate opportunities.
- In 2013, Reconnecting America developed a neighborhood typology report that characterized the markets and job centers for communities in the one square mile around every MARTA station.
- In 2014, the Bleakly Advisory Group built on the Reconnecting America report and completed a financial feasibility study that analyzes financial structures to develop affordable housing in the half-mile radius around MARTA stations.
- Georgia STAND-UP, a Collaborative member, has conducted a transit rider survey to capture riders' perspectives on riding MARTA.
- Partnership for Southern Equity, a Collaborative Member, Developed the Metro Atlanta Equity Atlas (MAEA). A new data website that examines trends and data within eight key indicators of equity.
- The Collaborative reviewed existing legal opinions on inclusionary housing and identified potential changes to increment financing programs (specifically Tax Allocation Districts) which could support inclusionary housing.
Filling the Financing Gap for Equitable TOD - April 2013 (PDF) | This report by Enterprise Community Partners and the Low Income Investment Fund reviews existing equitable TOD financing tools, using four regions as examples: Atlanta, Denver, Minneapolis-St. Paul and the San Francisco Bay Area. The paper then identifies systemic financing gaps and recommends potential capital and/or policy solutions to make equitable TOD a reality. The report also seeks to identify important questions for further discussion and research.
Collaborative Hosts TOD Land Acquisition Fund Exploration
A range of TOD stakeholders in the Atlanta region have identified TOD Acquisition Funds as a national best practice for TOD implementation. The Atlanta TOD Collaborative and other interested parties convened on January 30, 2013 for the Atlanta TOD Land Acquisition Fund Exploration, an event designed to learn and exchange information about this financing tool. Experts from the highly successful Denver TOD Fund led this local community education session, describing how the Denver Urban Land Conservancy and Enterprise Community Partners achieved a $15 million revolving fund used specifically to acquire property and develop mixed-income housing adjacent to public transit. Presentations from the event are available below:
Origin of Atlanta TOD Collaborative