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- The Atlanta BeltLine is crafting an Implementation Plan that will guide the project’s development over the next 20 years. This survey is critical to our planning efforts, where we ask you, the public, to help select the best criteria for evaluating projects. Take the survey here!
More than 80 residents representing varying communities, interests and backgrounds gathered on Thursday, November 15 at Central United Methodist Church to learn about the next steps for the Atlanta BeltLine. How do we chart the course for the remaining 19 years of this 25 year project? The Atlanta BeltLine Implementation Plan will be the compass that will guide Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) and its partners in the execution of this transformative project for the City of Atlanta. The Implementation Plan is a 20-year plan in five year increments that will serve as a long range strategic plan. It will evaluate and prioritize the project’s core components, which include transit, trails and parks.
The purpose of this series of public meetings is to provide understanding of how the plan will be developed, discuss how the public’s input will be incorporated, and share insight into how the decision-making process will be made based on a host of prioritized project criteria.
ABI’s Chief Operating Officer, Lisa Gordon, opened the meeting and provided a brief introduction of the project team, led by Perkins+Will, along with the Collaborative Firm. Beth McMillan, ABI Director of Community Engagement, facilitated the presentation and provided an overview and history of the Atlanta BeltLine from conception to date, identified stakeholders, shared how previous studies fit into the current process, what the implementation plan means, and the purpose for the meeting. Michael Hightower of The Collaborative Firm explained the approach, process and outcomes. There was a breakout session where attendees were asked to review and rank project criteria, followed by a criteria input and suggestion sessions.
Two notable feedback items including adding potential ridership as a criteria for trails (much like studies are done for transit) and factoring in the level of blight in an area when gauging the potential for redevelopment.
Presently we are in phase two of the six-phase approach to the Implementation Plan development which involves citywide meetings and study group meetings. Please join us at one of the upcoming study group meetings! We will be presenting the same presentation at each study group, so feel free to attend the meeting most convenient with your schedule, or view the presentation and comment below.
The following Atlanta BeltLine Study Group meetings will all take place from 6:30-8:00 p.m.:
- Westside Study Group:
Monday, Nov. 26, 2012
Atlanta Community Food Bank
732 Joseph E. Lowery Blvd. NW, 30318
- Southwest Study Group:
Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012
West Hunter Street Baptist Church
1040 Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard, SW, 30310
- Northside Study Group:
Monday, Dec. 3, 2012
1968 Peachtree Road, NW, McRae Auditorium Bldg #1984, 30309
- Southeast Study Group:
Monday, Dec. 10, 2012
225 Chester Ave, 30316
- Northeast Study Group:
Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012
MLK Recreation Center
90 Boulevard, NE, 30312
View the implementation plan presentation from the citywide conversation and study groups for a preview before the meeting.
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Beth McMillan, Director of Community Engagement at firstname.lastname@example.org
Lynnette Reid, Atlanta Beltline Community Engagement at email@example.com