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The Atlanta BeltLine

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Community Engagement

Ensuring All Voices Are Heard

The Atlanta BeltLine has its origins in the grassroots efforts of community members, and it is critical that public involvement continues to play a prominent role in shaping and defining the Atlanta BeltLine. With a commitment to soliciting public input at every stage, we have held over 225 public meetings and engaged over 5,000 participants in the planning process. 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 We Do

The role of the Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) community engagement team is to ensure that the community remains informed and actively engaged in the planning, design and implementation of the Atlanta BeltLine. This is done through community outreach, public meetings, surveys, post meeting follow-ups, public participation on Advisory Boards and a community representative on the Atlanta BeltLine Board of Directors.

The department uses a variety of different tools, depending on the scope of the project, to reach the community in a comprehensive way.  Through our traditional outreach methods,  flyers are distributed to public spaces, residential and/or business door-to-door campaigns are deployed, right-of-way signs are located in target areas, and direct mailings are done. Technology is fully maximized to disseminate information by utilizing email distribution lists, social media, beltline.org, e-newsletters, and automated phone calls. The combination of the traditional and tech-based outreach approach helps to create a myriad of opportunities to get the word out and engage a broad spectrum of people at Atlanta BeltLine public meetings.

A Framework for Community Engagement

The Atlanta City Council recognized the importance of public participation when creating Atlanta BeltLine Inc. (ABI), the entity tasked with implementing the Atlanta BeltLine. The Council legislatively mandated a “Framework for Citizen Participation” (Ordinance 06-R-1576). Now called the Community Engagement Framework, it forms the foundation of all community interaction taking place to implement the project.

Community Engagement Framework

View the PDF to learn more about how the Community Engagement Framework functions.


Meetings and Gatherings

The role of the Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) community engagement team is to ensure that the community remains informed and actively engaged in the planning, design and implementation of the Atlanta BeltLine. Learn how we engage the community below:

Quarterly Briefings


Quarterly Briefings are held four times a year to update overall progress of the Atlanta BeltLine.

Study Groups


Study Groups enable direct input into the planning, design, and implementation of the Atlanta BeltLine. There are five Study Groups around the Atlanta BeltLine (N, NE, SE, SW, W), and they focus on topics ranging from park design to transit planning.

Citywide Conversations


Citywide Conversations are used to introduce concepts and educate the community on various topics related to the Atlanta BeltLine.

Pop-Ups


Pop-Ups are smaller events that happen with a pop-up tent and project information. They take place directly on the Atlanta BeltLine and in surrounding communities.

Meet and Greets


Meet & Greets are non-traditional events typically held outside in parks or near playgrounds that are family friendly to connect the project with the people. They usually occur in conjunction with local community events.

Resident Round Tables


Resident Round Tables are used for Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. staff to hear both big and small ideas from the community.

Meetings by Request


By request, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. staff is happy to attend additional community meetings if provided a minimum of two weeks notice and staff is available. Please email your request to engage@atlbeltline.org or call 404-477-3552.

Meetings & Gatherings Calendar

Visit the meetings tab to find a meeting or gathering near you.


How Do We Get the Word Out

The tools listed below are used to get the word out for upcoming meetings and gatherings to the community. Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. customizes which tools to use for different types of meetings and gatherings.

Ground Outreach

  • Public Meeting Promotion is done with flyers distributed in person to businesses. This allows staff to engage with businesses in an impromptu manner while spreading the word about upcoming meetings.
  • Neighborhood Signs alert pedestrians and motorists to upcoming meetings.
  • Flyer Mailings to places of worship, libraries and other community spaces help bridge the digital divide
  • Direct Mailing to households in Atlanta BeltLine neighborhoods are used for very specific topics to ensure direct messaging
  • Door to Door Outreach is also used to ensure direct messaging with the added benefit of one on one conversations

Digital Outreach

  • Online Presentations & Agendas are available during and after public meetings
  • QR Codes & Web Aliases are printed on meeting agendas for easy access
  • Online Meeting Evaluation Surveys are mailed out after every meeting to ensure that meetings are being ran to the highest standards
  • Electronic Feedback allows meeting attendees to provide input on planning and design of projects
  • Videos and Online Streaming allow the public to receive project updates given at Quarterly Briefings even if they cannot attend the meeting in person.

Meetings by Request

By request, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. staff is happy to attend additional community meetings if provided a minimum of two weeks’ notice and staff is available. Please email your request to engage@atlbeltline.org or call 404-477-3552.

Gathering the Community for Input and Engagement

We conduct regular community meetings to keep the public informed on the very latest developments, progress updates, and next steps on the Atlanta BeltLine project. Here you can find a calendar of upcoming meetings, as well as links to meeting presentations, agendas, and summaries. Visit archives to view presentations from past years.

Meeting dateLocationTypeDetailsDocumentationFeedback
1493076600April 24, 2017 6:30pm- 8:00pmCarver Marketplace: 1297 Jonesboro Road, Atlanta, GA 30315Study Group

Please join us to discuss the design of the Southside Trail and the Reynoldstown Stage!

This community conversation will serve as a check in with the community to provide general updates for the design of the Southside Trail as well as the Reynoldstown Stage.

1493335800April 27, 2017 6:30pm- 7:30pmFulton County Central Training: 425 Langhorn St. SE Atlanta, GA 30310Study Group

Join us for an update on Westside Trail construction. We are excited to share details on our progress with you!

1496790000June 6, 2017 6:00pm- 8:00pmTo be determinedQuarterly Briefings
    1505430000September 14, 2017 6:00pm- 8:00pmTo be determinedQuarterly Briefings
      1512082800November 30, 2017 6:00pm- 8:00pmTo be determinedQuarterly Briefings
        Past Meetings
        1492471800April 17, 2017 6:30pm- 8:00pmKIPP STRIVE Primary: 1425 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. SW, Atlanta, GA 30310Study Group

        Please join us to begin the design of the Ralph David Abernathy Complete Street project!

        In this public meeting, we will introduce the project team, provide an overview of the project and develop a vision for this important corridor. Corridor planning will run from Cascade Avenue SW to Martin Luther King Jr. Drive SW, and consider higher quality connections to the MARTA West Lake Station.

        1490914800March 30, 2017 6:00pm- 8:00pmAtlanta Technical College Academic Complex (Building B) Auditorium: 1560 Metropolitan Pkwy SW, Atlanta, GA 30310Quarterly Briefings

        In this public meeting Atlanta BeltLine, Inc (ABI) will be providing project updates including a brief introduction to the Atlanta BeltLine. Following these updates, ABI will host a panel discussion about the current conditions and challenges of affordable workforce housing locally and nationally. The panel will address the strategies and programs that are being used to increase affordable workforce housing development. We hope you can join us for this conversation.

        Moderator:
        Sameera Fazili – Senior CED Visiting Advisor, Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta
        Panelists:
        David Jackson – Deputy Executive, Atlanta BeltLine Partnership
        Valerie Bernardo – Director, City of Atlanta Housing & Community Development
        Catherine Buell – President and CEO, Atlanta Housing Authority
        James Alexander – Housing Policy & Development Director, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.
        Dillon Baynes – Managing Partner, Columbia Ventures, LLC

        Eventbrite - Atlanta BeltLine First Quarterly Briefing of 2017

        1488497400March 2, 2017 6:30pm- 7:30pmOur Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church: 25 Boulevard NE, Atlanta, GA 30312Study Group

        Join us for an update on Eastside Trail Extension construction and related road closures. Irwin St. at the Eastside Trail will be closed for 30 days for the installation of a speed table, flashing beacons, and related trail infrastructure. Come out and learn about trail updates as well as vehicle and pedestrian detours!

        1488238200February 27, 2017 6:30pm- 7:30pmFamilies First: 80 Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard NW, Atlanta, GA 30314Study Group

        Join us for an update on Westside Trail construction. We are excited to share details on our schedule for progress with you!

        1481065200December 6, 2016 6:00pm- 8:00pmFulton County Government Center: 141 Pryor Street SW Atlanta, GA 30303Quarterly Briefings

        Join us for the latest Atlanta BeltLine Updates!
        In this public meeting you will be provided project updates from Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. and the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership. Following the formal presentation there will be an open house where staff is available to discuss all aspects of the project.

        1478561400November 7, 2016 6:30pm- 7:30pmGrant Park Recreation Center: 537 Park Avenue SE Atlanta, GA 30312Study Group

        Join us to discuss the Reynoldstown Performance Stage Design and hear about the construction progress of the Eastside Trail extension. In this meeting will be discussing the design of the Reynoldstown Pavilion and Stage and seeking community input for this exciting project funded by an Our Town grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. We will also be providing an update on the construction of the Eastside Trail extension.

        1478215800November 3, 2016 6:30pm- 8:00pmCarver Market: 1297 Jonesboro Road Atlanta, GA 30315Study Group

        Please join us to discuss the design of the Southside Trail! This community conversation will serve as a follow up to the previous meetings which focused on the Atlanta BeltLine Southside Trail running between Glenwood Avenue SE and University Avenue SW. Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. will be presenting design concepts stemming from the community input and technical work that has occurred over the last few months.

        1478043000November 1, 2016 6:30pm- 8:00pmCentral United Methodist Church: 501 Mitchell Street SW Atlanta, GA 30314Study Group

        Please join Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., on behalf of the City of Atlanta, to learn about the expansion of the Atlanta Streetcar to the Westside. In this meeting, input is being sought to determine the exact route for this extension of the Atlanta Streetcar.

        1475191800September 29, 2016 6:30pm- 7:30pmFulton County Central Training: 425 Langhorn St. SW Atlanta, GA 30310Study Group

        Join us to learn about a grant received by Trees Atlanta from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) Five Star and Urban Waters Restoration Grant Program, funded by the Southern Company. The work is focused on the Proctor Creek headwaters in Enota Park where Trees Atlanta and partners will remove invasive plants and trash, replant natives plants to stabilize slopes and streambanks.
        We will also provide an update on the construction of the Westside.

        1474930800September 26, 2016 6:00pm- 8:00pmPark Tavern: 500 10th Street NE Atlanta, GA 30309Quarterly Briefings

        In this public meeting you will be provided project updates from Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. and the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership. Following these updates, the City of Atlanta and MARTA will provide details of the upcoming Transportation and MARTA sales tax referendums.

        1474414200September 20, 2016 6:30pm- 8:00pmCentral United Methodist Church: 501 Mitchell Street SW Atlanta, GA 30314Citywide Conversation

        Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI), on behalf of the City of Atlanta, is starting the environmental clearance process for another two miles of Atlanta Streetcar. Please join us to learn about this process. Also, over the past two years, ABI has been evaluating route options and future connections to MARTA along 16 miles of future corridors of the Atlanta Streetcar. We will be providing an update on that process as well. Finally, during this meeting, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) will provide a presentation of the options evaluated for crossing DeKalb Avenue Southeast.

        1474327800September 19, 2016 6:30pm- 7:30pmJames Orange Recreation Center: 1305 Oakland Dr SW Atlanta, GA 30310Study Group

        In this public meeting you will hear about progress on the Murphy Crossing Economic Feasibility effort. This work will help guide options for future development of the site.

        1473809400September 13, 2016 6:30pm- 8:00pmCarver Market: 1297 Jonesboro Road Atlanta, GA 30315Study Group

        This detailed dialogue will focus on the Atlanta BeltLine between Pryor Road SW and University Ave SW. We are seeking input on the location of ramps and stairs to access the trail, as well as what type of community spaces you would like to experience along this section of the trail.

        1472167800August 25, 2016 6:30pm- 8:00pmJames Orange Recreation Center: 1305 Oakland Dr, SE Atlanta, GA 30310Study Group

        Join us for the fifth of five Atlanta BeltLine “Resident Roundtables” which are an opportunity for Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. staff to hear from the community. We want to hear your creative ideas on how to address opportunities and challenges as we continue to build your Atlanta BeltLine. While it will not be possible to implement all ideas, it is important to continue the open community dialogue that has made this project so successful to date.

        1471908600August 22, 2016 6:30pm- 7:30pmKIPP STRIVE Academy: 1444 Lucile Ave. SW Atlanta, GA 30310Study Group

        Join us for an update on Westside Trail construction. We are excited to share details on our schedule for progress with you!
        We will also have information about our down-payment assistance program available.

        1470785400August 9, 2016 6:30pm- 8:00pmZoo Atlanta Coca-Cola World Studio: 800 Cherokee Ave. SE Atlanta, GA 30315Study Group

        Please join Councilmember Carla Smith and Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. to discuss the design of the Southside Trail!
        This detailed dialogue will focus on the Atlanta BeltLine between Confederate Avenue SE and Pryor Road SW. We are seeking input on the location of ramps and stairs to access the trail, as well as what type of community spaces you would like to experience along this section of the trail. We will also have information about our down payment assistance program available.

        1470353400August 4, 2016 6:30pm- 7:30pmOur Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church: 25 Boulevard NE Atlanta, GA 30312Study Group

        Join us for an update on Eastside Trail Extension construction and related road closures. We are excited to share details on our schedule for progress with you! We will also be providing information about roadwork on Wylie and Irwin Streets. We will also have information about our down-payment assistance program available.

        1469489400July 25, 2016 6:30pm- 8:00pmGrant Park Recreation Center: 537 Park Avenue SE Atlanta, GA 30312Study Group

        Join us to provide feedback on design concepts for the Atlanta BeltLine Corridor along Bill Kennedy Way between Memorial Drive and Glenwood Avenue!

        1468366200July 12, 2016 6:30pm- 8:00pmTrees Atlanta: 225 Chester Avenue, SE Atlanta, GA 30316Study Group

        Please join us for the first of several conversations on the Southside Trail Design!
        We want to understand what kinds of community spaces you want and where we should build ramps and stairs! This in-depth dialogue will focus on the trail between Glenwood Ave and Confederate Ave.

        1468279800July 11, 2016 6:30pm- 8:00pmGeorgia Hill Library Conference Room 316: 250 Georgia Avenue, SE Atlanta, GA 30316Study Group

        Join us for the fourth of five Atlanta BeltLine “Resident Roundtables” which are an opportunity for Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. staff to hear from the community. We want to hear your creative ideas on how to address opportunities and challenges as we continue to build your Atlanta BeltLine. While it will not be possible to implement all ideas, it is important to continue the open community dialogue that has made this project so successful to date.

        1466724600June 23, 2016 6:30pm- 8:00pmWest Hunter Street Baptist Church: 1040 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd Atlanta, GA 30310Study Group

        The City of Atlanta’s Department of Planning and Community Development, along with Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., is proactively rezoning key redevelopment areas in support of transit-oriented development. This incorporates zoning recommendations from the Subarea Master Plans to implement pedestrian and bicycle-friendly urban infill around the planned transit investment.

        1465339500June 7, 2016 5:45pm- 8:00pmMaynard Holbrook Jackson High School: 801 Glenwood Ave. SE Atlanta, GA 30312Quarterly Briefings

        In this public meeting you will be provided project updates from Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. and the Atlanta BeltLine Partnership. Between 5:45 and 6:15pm there will be an open house focused on the design of the Southside Trail which runs from Glenwood Dr. SE to University Ave. SW. The open house will be followed by a formal presentation and opportunity for questions.

        1464910200June 2, 2016 6:30pm- 8:00pmHagar's Palace: 19 Joseph E. Lowery Boulevard, NW, Atlanta, GA 30314Study Group

        Please join us to learn about detour routes for the temporary weekend closure (June 11th and 12th) and to receive construction updates for the Westside Trail.

        1464046200May 23, 2016 6:30pm- 8:00pmAtlanta Community Food Bank: 732 Joseph E Lowery Blvd NW, Atlanta, GA 30318Study Group

        Join us for the third of five Atlanta BeltLine “Resident Roundtables” which are an opportunity for Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. staff to hear from the community. We want to hear your creative ideas on how to address opportunities and challenges as we continue to build your Atlanta BeltLine. While it will not be possible to implement all ideas, it is important to continue the open community dialogue that has made this project so successful to date.

        1463527800May 17, 2016 6:30pm- 8:00pmJames Orange Recreation Center: 1305 Oakland Drive S.W., Atlanta, Georgia 30305­­Study Group

        Come hear about progress on the Murphy Crossing Economic Feasibility effort. This work will help establish strategic options for future activation of the site.

        1463441400May 16, 2016 6:30pm- 7:30pmKIPP STRIVE Academy: 1444 Lucile Avenue SW Atlanta, GA 30310Study Group

        Please join us to learn about the removal of the structure at 1385 Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard and Building #11 at the Murphy Crossing site.

        1462923000May 10, 2016 6:30pm- 7:30pmTrees Atlanta: 225 Chester Ave SE, Atlanta, GA 30316Study Group

        Please join us to learn about two exciting upcoming Atlanta BeltLine Projects! Provide feedback on conceptual layouts for Bill Kennedy Way and hear updates on the Eastside Trail Extension Construction.

        1462231800May 2, 2016 6:30pm- 8:00pmMuseum of Contemporary Art of Georgia: 75 Bennett St NW, Atlanta, GA 30309Study Group

        Join us for the second of five Atlanta BeltLine “Resident Roundtables” which are an opportunity for Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. staff to hear from the community. We want to hear your creative ideas on how to address opportunities and challenges as we continue to build your Atlanta BeltLine. While it will not be possible to implement all ideas, it is important to continue the open community dialogue that has made this project so successful to date.

        We Can't Do It Without You!

        There are many different ways for people to get involved in the Atlanta BeltLine. This is a project by the community and for the community, and residents have an active role in every phase of the process. We welcome your ideas and involvement, and there are many ways you can participate:

        Engage

        Your involvement in the Atlanta BeltLine is absolutely critical to its success. It is essential that this project has the engaged support of, and input from, the people it serves. Remember, the Atlanta BeltLine is happening with you!


        Serve on an Advisory Board

        The community can serve on advisory groups by appointment from Atlanta BeltLine Inc., City Council, Atlanta Public Schools, Fulton County, the Mayor and others.

        The two key advisory groups for the Atlanta BeltLine are the Tax Allocation District Advisory Committee and the BeltLine Affordable Housing Advisory Board. Other planning and advisory committees are created for a short term and typically technical purpose. Call Beth McMillan at 404-588-5463 to learn more.


        Attend Quarterly Briefings

        Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. convenes quarterly for a citywide briefing on its progress regarding planning, design, and construction activities. You can engage the Atlanta BeltLine team and partners one-on-one and in an open Q&A format. Visit the meetings tab for more information and upcoming dates.

        Participate in Study Group Meetings

        Study Groups are the primary way to participate in planning the Atlanta BeltLine. Created by the Atlanta City Council, Study Groups enable direct input into the planning, design, and implementation of the Atlanta BeltLine. There are five Study Groups around the Atlanta BeltLine (N, NE, SE, SW, W), and they focus on topics ranging from park design to transit planning.Visit the meetings tab for more information and upcoming dates.

        Attend Citywide Briefings

        Citywide Conversations are the primary way Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. introduces the community to concepts unique to planning and implementing the Atlanta BeltLine vision. These forums engage subject matter experts, provide community education, and promote in-depth dialogue covering different perspectives. Concepts introduced to date include transit supportive development, affordable housing, and community benefits. Visit the meetings tab for more information and upcoming dates.

        Volunteer

        As the Atlanta BeltLine has matured as a project, the variety of ways to get involved has evolved as well. Join thousands of Atlantans who are helping make the Atlanta BeltLine happen! Remember, the Atlanta BeltLine is happening with you!

        Volunteer for special events

        Special events celebrate our progress and bring the Atlanta BeltLine to life. Volunteers are needed to assist in coordinating the Atlanta BeltLine Running Series, groundbreakings and grand opening ceremonies, the Atlanta BeltLine Bike Tour, and much more.

        To learn more about volunteer opportunities, please contact Alice Weston at 404-446-4410 or alice@atlblp.org

        Adopt the Atlanta BeltLine

        The Atlanta BeltLine needs constant upkeep, and Adopting the Atlanta BeltLine is a great way for your organization to make a difference on the Atlanta BeltLine. Help with litter control, invasive plant removal, and other beautification projects.

        To learn more about volunteer opportunities, please contact Alice Weston at 404-446-4410 or alice@atlblp.org

        Join the Speakers Bureau

        Do you like public speaking? As a volunteer with the Speakers Bureau, you will play an important role by giving our Atlanta BeltLine 101 presentation to community residents, local organizations, business associations, and other interested groups. Volunteers in this specially selected group go through extensive training. Recruitment is done once per year and begins in the fall.

        To learn more about volunteer opportunities, please contact Alice Weston at 404-446-4410 or alice@atlblp.org

        Staff the Atlanta BeltLine booth at a neighborhood festival

        Spring, summer, and fall bring about great neighborhood festivals in Atlanta, attracting people from all around the metro area. Volunteering to share information by staffing the Atlanta BeltLine booth at these events – all while enjoying the festivities – is a fun way to connect the public with the Atlanta BeltLine.

        To learn more about volunteer opportunities, please contact Alice Weston at 404-446-4410 or alice@atlblp.org


        Help Distribute Atlanta BeltLine Information


        Promote the Atlanta BeltLine in the community, and make residents aware of opportunities to play a role in the project’s development. By sharing information with friends, neighbors, local businesses, and other groups, you will raise awareness and encourage greater community participation and engagement. Order materials to be mailed to you. →

        Activities include:

        • Visiting local businesses and institutions (e.g. coffee shops, apartment communities, schools and churches) to leave information about the Atlanta BeltLine at these locations.
        • Attending neighborhood or other organizational meetings to distribute information about the Atlanta BeltLine
        • Connecting groups to opportunities to tour the Atlanta BeltLine or attend Atlanta BeltLine 101 presentations

        To learn more about volunteer opportunities, please contact Alice Weston at 404-446-4410 or alice@atlblp.org


        Contact Us

        Community Engagement is at the core of the mission for the Atlanta BeltLine, and we welcome your input as we help shape the Atlanta BeltLine vision.

        Beth McMillan
        Director of Community Engagement and Planning
        bmcmillan@atlbeltline.org
        404-477-3550

        Lynnette Reid
        Senior Planner
        lreid@atlbeltline.org
        (404) 477-3551

        Nathan Soldat
        Community Engagement Manager
        nsoldat@atlbeltline.org
        (404) 477-3552

        If you have general questions or comments please email engage@atlbeltline.org

        Be Part of the Progress

        The Atlanta BeltLine is a project by and for the people of Atlanta, and we want your input. There are regular public meetings all around the Atlanta BeltLine that cover a wide range of topics. Be sure to check out the schedule of upcoming meetings and come join in the conversation!

        View Meetings Schedule and Recent Presentations →

        View all Atlanta BeltLine events by going to our Events Calendar.

        Volunteer

        If you have any questions on how to get involved or volunteer, with the Atlanta BeltLine, please contact:

        Alice Weston
         Program Manager, Atlanta BeltLine Partnership
        alice@atlblp.org