Request for Proposals issued for Imagine Memorial LCI plan

ATLANTA _ Memorial Drive Atlanta, in partnership with Central Atlanta Progress, is seeking proposals from consultants to complete the Imagine Memorial Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) plan. The Request for Proposals (RFP) is available here.

All qualified parties are encouraged to review the RFP and consider making a submission. The deadline is 5 p.m. Eastern on Friday, June 9, 2017. Stakeholders are also welcome to review the RFP and participate in community engagement later this summer.

UPDATE: Answers to questions submitted for the RFP are available here.

The LCI program and Imagine Memorial

The Atlanta Regional Commission’s LCI program supports planning and infrastructure projects that reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality by better connecting homes, jobs, schools, and other destinations. It awards planning grants on a competitive basis to local governments and nonprofits to produce and implement plans for the improvement of existing town centers and corridors.

A map with public comments from the 2014 Imagine Memorial study.

The LCI program is the next step for the Imagine Memorial study commissioned in 2014 by Atlanta City Councilwoman Natalyn Archibong with Georgia Tech’s School of City and Regional Planning. That study’s goal was to build on a previous (and out-of-date) LCI plan for the western part of the Corridor and incorporate a wide range of past plans for Memorial Drive communities in the City of Atlanta (and unincorporated Parkview). The previous LCI plan covered the western part of the Corridor near Downtown, and resulted in the creation of the SPI-22 zoning district and the streetscapes on Memorial Drive through the Capitol Gateway neighborhood. That plan was not updated as required, and it didn’t include the eastern portions of Memorial Drive in the City of Atlanta.

The Imagine Memorial study was always intended to be the foundation of a future LCI plan, but it needed additional technical work and time beyond what was available to the Georgia Tech studio team at the time. When new funds for LCI planning were announced in 2016, the Corridor Executive applied for and was awarded funding from the ARC to take the Imagine Memorial study and seek its full adoption as an official LCI plan in 2017. The ARC awarded $32,000, to be supplemented with a local match of $8,000 from Councilmembers Archibong (District 5) and Carla Smith (District 1).

What this plan will do

The LCI will analyze land use and zoning in the communities along the Corridor and develop recommendations for the most urgent legislative needs to address them. In areas where land uses and zoning already complement LCI priorities, the focus should be on consistency; in areas that do not, recommendations should be made for legislative and regulatory changes. It will also identify all of the most pressing transportation needs that force people to take more car trips and create a plan for addressing them, such as better sidewalks, crosswalks, streetscapes, and bike lanes. It’s important to note that the LCI by itself does not guarantee legislative changes and transportation funding. It’s up to the communities and agencies involved in the plan to execute its recommendations and seek federal funding for what’s in the plan.

Pedestrian infrastructure is a major issue identified along the Corridor for people who need or choose to move along the Corridor without driving. The LCI program is an important source of funds for improving walkability in metro Atlanta.

The Imagine Memorial LCI seeks to actively engage both public and private stakeholders in the form of Neighborhood Planning Units, neighborhood associations, non-profits, elected officials, the Georgia Department of Transportation, the PATH Foundation, the Atlanta BeltLine, and private developers to ensure extensive community input. Stay tuned for details of opportunities to get involved in this process. In the meantime, please make the effort to get involved in your local neighborhood associations and NPUs.

To browse some of the relevant documents and plans related to this effort, please visit our Resources page.