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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
1503963000August 28, 2017 6:30pm- 8:00pmFocused Community Strategies Community Room behind Carver Market: 1297 McDonough Blvd SE, Atlanta, GA 30315Study Group

Chosewood Park Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Framework

1505430000September 14, 2017 6:00pm- 8:00pmAll Saints Episcopal Church (634 West Peachtree St NW, Atlanta, GA 30308)Quarterly Briefings
    1512082800November 30, 2017 6:00pm- 8:00pmTo be determinedQuarterly Briefings
      Past Meetings
      1502407800August 10, 2017 6:30pm- 8:00pmAll Saints Episcopal Church: (634 West Peachtree St. NW, Atlanta, 30308)Citywide Conversation

      Unified Plan Unveiling | Subarea Master Plan Updates Kickoff | City of Atlanta Light Rail Transit System Update

      1500593400July 20, 2017 6:30pm- 8:00pmTrees Atlanta: 225 Chester Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA 30316Study Group

      Eastside Trail Extension Phase II Meeting

      1499988600July 13, 2017 6:30pm- 8:00pmRock Spring Presbyterian Church: 1824 Piedmont Ave NE Atlanta, GA 30324Study Group

      Northeast Trail Design

      1498519800June 26, 2017 6:30pm- 8:00pmWest End Family Life & Community Center: 1191 Donnelly Avenue, Atlanta, GA 30310Study Group

      Westside Trail Construction Update | Shed Construction at the Aluma Urban Farm Update

      1498174200June 22, 2017 6:30pm- 8:00pmKIPP STRIVE Academy: 1444 Lucile Avenue SW, Atlanta, GA 30310Study Group

      Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard SW Complete Street Design

      1496790000June 6, 2017 6:00pm- 8:00pmPark Tavern - Piedmont Room (500 10th Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30309)Quarterly Briefings

      Quarterly Briefing: Project Updates & Open House

      Eventbrite - Atlanta BeltLine Second Quarterly Briefing of 2017

      1496359800June 1, 2017 6:30pm- 8:00pmTrees Atlanta: 225 Chester Avenue SE, Atlanta, GA 30316Study Group

      Eastside Trail Extension Phase II Construction Update

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

      Westside Trail Construction Update

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

      Southside Trail Design | Reynoldstown Stage Design

      1492471800April 17, 2017 6:30pm- 8:00pmKIPP STRIVE Primary: 1425 Ralph David Abernathy Blvd. SW, Atlanta, GA 30310Study Group

      Ralph David Abernathy Boulevard SW Complete Street Design

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

      Project Updates & Affordable/Workforce Housing Panel Discussion

      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

      Eastside Trail Extension Phase II Construction Update

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

      Westside Trail Construction Update

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

      Project Updates & Open House

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

      Eastside Trail Construction Update | Reynoldstown Stage Design

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

      Southside Trail Design

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

      City of Atlanta Light Rail Transit Environmental Clearance - Downtown Crosstown

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

      Westside Trail Construction Update | Enota Park Update

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

      Project Updates & City of Atlanta/MARTA Transportation and MARTA Sales Tax Referendums

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

      City of Atlanta Light Rail Transit Environmental Clearance - Downtown Crosstown & System Update

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

      Murphy Crossing Economic Feasibility Analysis

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

      Southside Trail Design

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

      Resident Round Table

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

      Westside Trail Construction Update | Down-payment Assistance Program

      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
      Planning & Community Engagement Director
      bmcmillan@atlbeltline.org
      404-477-3550

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

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

      Whitney Fuller
      Community Engagement Manager
      WFuller@atlbeltline.org
      (404) 477-3574

      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