What is a Livable Centers Initiative?
The Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) is a program of the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) that awards planning grants on a competitive basis to local governments and nonprofit organizations for the enhancement of existing centers and corridors consistent with regional development policies. Through a Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) grant, the Gwinnett Village CID is developing a Master Plan for Jimmy Carter Boulevard to create a shared vision for the future of this corridor.
In the spring of 2017, the Gwinnett Village CID was awarded a Livable Centers Initiative Grant from the Atlanta Regional Commission to complete a 10-year update to the original Jimmy Carter Boulevard Livable Centers Initiative plan.
This study is focusing on creating a sense of place along Jimmy Carter Boulevard. Many elements, such as streetscape and beautification guidelines, redevelopment opportunities, and enhancement of the area’s culturally diverse business environment will be looked at in this study. Commercial development opportunities adjacent to the LCI area are also being explored.
In addition, we’re excited to announce that a planning team from Georgia Tech’s School of City and Regional Planning is studying Jimmy Carter Boulevard under the supervision of Professor Michael Dobbins. Eleven second-year MCRP students are exploring and developing recommendations for the boulevard and surrounding areas concurrent with the ARC/LCI study. To date, two community workshops where the public was invited to work “hands-on” with planners have been held.
In the spring of 2017, the Gwinnett Village CID was awarded a Livable Centers Initiative Grant from the Atlanta Regional Commission to complete a 10 year update to the original Jimmy Carter Boulevard Livable Centers Initiative plan. This study will focus on creating a sense of place along Jimmy Carter Boulevard. Streetscape and beautification guidelines, redevelopment opportunities, and enhancement of the culturally diverse business environment will be the focus of this study.
The boundary for this study is Jimmy Carter Boulevard from Buford Highway, on the north, to Britt Road/Williams Road, on the south, including adjacent parcels with a focus on commercial mixed-use nodes.
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Your input and feedback throughout this process are important to create a shared vision for the Jimmy Carter Boulevard study area. Please join us at an upcoming Community Meeting and fill out our Survey (when available) to stay involved and be heard!
Gwinnett Village CID Jimmy Carter Boulevard Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) Study Survey:
(This survey includes 23-26 questions, based on responses, and is anticipated to take 15 minutes)
Community Meeting 1: Restaurant Crawl
At the first community meeting, community members will be introduced to the project process, focus, and schedule. Participants will be invited to visit 3-4 different restaurants/shops to provide input on their vision for Jimmy Carter Boulevard. At each location, a different question will be asked of participants – so be sure to stop by all locations! More information coming soon.
This second community input session will be a hands-on design workshop. Participants are encouraged to drop-in at any time between 6pm and 8pm to provide ideas and feedback on recommendation concepts. Do you have an idea for how to make crossing the Boulevard safer? Is there a location you’d like to see redeveloped or improved? Just interested in the process? Join us!
Community Meeting 3: Draft Final Master Plan Review
Thursday, February 15
The final community meeting will include a presentation of the draft master plan, developed based on community input to date. The presentation will be followed by an open house session for community members to provide final thoughts. This will be your last chance to provide input on this specific plan – we hope you can join us!