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Community Engagement Progress
We Couldn't Do It Without You
The involvement of the surrounding community is essential to the success of the Atlanta BeltLine. We have held over 225 public meetings engaging over 5,000 participants in the planning process in an effort to keep everyone informed on progress along the Atlanta BeltLine. We have pledged to stay transparent and keep Atlanta informed as we take this journey together. A project that reflects the goals and aspirations of our neighborhoods is one we call a success!
What’s Next? Atlanta BeltLine Implementation Plan
The Atlanta BeltLine is crafting an Implementation Plan that will guide the project’s development over the next 20 years. The first round of public engagement meetings were held through February 2013. We want your continued input. You can view a re-cap of the first round of citywide conversations and learn about the Study Groups that are now underway for the second round of public engagement.
- Find Study Group meeting dates and times.
- View our Implementation Plan frequently asked questions.
- View the presentation from the first round of public engagement.
- View the presentation from the second round of public engagement.
In 2012, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.’s community engagement team reached over 1,000 people at 45 public meetings. Thousands more people received information through direct outreach to neighborhood organizations and senior centers, as well as art performances and activities. Public meetings included Study Group meetings, citywide conversations on the Transportation Referendum, and Quarterly Briefings. With public input, the Atlanta BeltLine adopted an Environmental Justice Policy in 2012.
In addition, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., together with the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, extended the reach of its communications through digital channels, reaching over 20,000 people through weekly e-news blasts and 20,000 through Facebook and Twitter. Traffic to the Atlanta BeltLine website, www.BeltLine.org, grew 53% from 2011 to top 1.1 million page views.
2006 through 2011
The Five-Year Work Plan from 2006 through 2011 called for Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. to implement a legislatively mandated Community Engagement Framework, consisting of five components: a Tax Allocation District Advisory Committee and Affordable Housing Board; a community representative on the ABI Board of Directors; a community engagement advocate on staff; formal community reporting; and the creation of a structure or framework in which to engage the community in the Atlanta BeltLine planning area. All of these components have been implemented.
During this time, the Atlanta BeltLine briefed over 1,000 stakeholders at Quarterly Briefings and engaged over 3,000 participants at almost 200 public meetings. Public meetings have included Study Group meetings for master planning, citywide conversations on transit, and Quarterly Briefings. The team also developed guiding principles for community benefits.
How to Get Involved
We welcome your ideas and participation and input. Here are all of the ways you can participate:
Community Representative on the Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. Board of Directors
- Serves as the community voice on ABI’s Board for community issues and concerns relating to the Atlanta BeltLine
Community Engagement Advocacy Office
- Works with partners to develop community engagement strategic plan
- Implements and supports community engagement activities
- Informs the community on current issues with the Atlanta BeltLine
- Ensures that community members, neighborhoods, and other groups have meaningful input in planning, design, and implementation of the Atlanta BeltLine
- Provide a quarterly overview and update of Atlanta BeltLine activities (held a minimum of four times a year)
- Provide the community with a primary forum for input and active participation in the planning process for land use, parks, transit, and other Atlanta BeltLine components over the 25-year life of the project
Tax Allocation District Advisory Committee (TADAC)
- Makes recommendations on the issuance of TAD bond proceeds
- Monitors effective and equitable implementation of the Atlanta BeltLine plan
- Implements a decision support tool to measure impact
- Conducts an independent review of a five-year work plan
Atlanta BeltLine Affordable Housing Advisory Board (BAHAB)
- Makes recommendations to the Atlanta Development Authority and City of Atlanta officials on affordable housing policies
- Monitors location and availability of affordable housing on the Atlanta BeltLine
- Coordinates with other affordable housing efforts throughout the City of Atlanta
- Ensures the goal of 5,600 affordable housing units during the life of TAD is achieved
Download community presentations (PDFs):
|Implementation Plan: Citywide Conversation and Study Groups||Presentation given at Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.'s Citywide Conversation on November 15, 2012.|
|Implementation Plan: Lunch and Learn||Presentation given at Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.'s lunch and learn for TADAC, BAHAB, and BeltLine Network on November 8, 2012.|
|Ponce Improvement Projects||Ponce De Leon Avenue is slated for several road improvement projects over the next several years to enhance its efficiency and improve the mobility of pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles. These projects include: resurfacing, lane reconfiguration, ADA accessibility improvements, and improved access to public transportation as well as to the Atlanta BeltLine.|