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This past January, the City of Clarkston was one of eleven Metro Atlanta communities selected by the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) to receive funding through its Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) program for Fiscal Year 2014. Clarkston was selected to receive $80,000.00 of LCI Supplemental Study funding to develop a major update of its original LCI plan. Completed in 2004, the original plan’s intent was to provide an attractive destination for private investment and redevelopment within the city that would serve both current and future residents, business owners and visitors. Major focal points included downtown (or “Town Center”) revitalization and mixed-income housing that together would create an attractive “live-work-play” environment. Changes in the economy and real estate market have made it necessary to update the content of the original plan in a manner that fits today’s market and provides a realistic opportunity for successful implementation.
The City has procured the services of a team of consultants lead by the firm Tunnell, Spangler and Walsh (TSW) to manage tasks leading to the completion of the Clarkston LCI Major Update project. “TSW is a locally-based firm specializing in land use planning, urban design and landscape architecture,” says Planning and Development Manager Jason Gaines. “They have a proven track record of developing LCI studies for communities throughout the Atlanta Region that have resulted in successful plan implementation. We are looking forward to their work on our LCI update and are confident that this project will be one that will be added to their track record of success,” he said.
With the project management team now in place, the city is actively seeking interested residents and business owners to participate in the project by serving as project stakeholders. Stakeholders will have the opportunity to serve on a committee that includes the project management team and city staff. “Stakeholder involvement and input are key elements to successful planning initiatives,” says City Manager Keith Barker. “Over the past year, we have been busy with multiple efforts aimed at boosting Clarkston’s image and economic viability. Stakeholder involvement has been very important with those other efforts, and the LCI update project is no different in that sense. We need people who are vested in Clarkston and want to see the city grow to come forward and help us develop a plan that will guide the city into the future.”
Those who seek more information about the stakeholders’ role in the LCI update can contact Jason Gaines, Planning and Development Manager, at (404) 296-6489 or firstname.lastname@example.org. More information regarding the project itself will be available on the city’s website, www.clarkstonga.gov, as well on the soon-to-be-launched project website, www.visualizeclarkston.com.