LCI Study to Explore Area Surrounding DeKalb Medical Center

February 26, 2014
medline study area

Medline LCI study area

The DeKalb County Department of Planning &  Sustainability has begun work on the Medline Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) study, which will explore the future community development and transportation needs of neighborhoods and commercial areas near the DeKalb Medical Center in central DeKalb County. The study area for this LCI study totals 520 acres and is framed by four major intersecting corridors: Church Street, Scott Boulevard/Lawrenceville Highway, North Decatur Road and DeKalb Industrial Way. Anchored by a thriving medical center, the area’s thoroughfares carry significant commuter and local traffic volume. Numerous redevelopment opportunities exist in and around the Medline LCI study area as well, creating the need for a long range vision for the area’s future.

There will be many opportunities for the public to participate in the planning process, starting with an upcoming community visioning workshop, which invites attendees to share their ideas for the future of this local activity center. The workshop will be held on Thursday, February 27th at the North Decatur Presbyterian Church (611 Medlock Road, Decatur GA) from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. Can’t make it? Feel free to take this survey to share your thoughts and ideas about the future of the Medline area. 

Public Comment Welcome on Regional Transportation Plan Update

February 4, 2014


Innovative solutions and additional investment in public transportation are noteworthy elements of the Atlanta Regional Commission’s (ARC) update to its PLAN 2040 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP). And, until February 21, citizens of the Atlanta region can visit to see the information available on the updated plan and leave their thoughts for ARC.

The site includes all the materials that were available at a “pop-up” open house ARC hosted on January 11, along with links to the required documentation and federal regulations that govern the RTP. More than 130 people visited the pop-up open house in downtown Decatur. It is a model that ARC hopes to tweak and use around the region in the future.

The RTP is a $59 billion plan for transportation spending in an 18-county region through the year 2040. Due to the cost of maintaining the region’s existing network, there is only about $15 billion for expansion over that time. Considering that ARC expects the region to add almost three million more residents by 2040, that won’t be enough to keep up with congestion.

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