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.
Concurrent to and in collaboration with this LCI process, a planning studio in 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.
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.
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!
Community Meeting 1: Restaurant Crawl
Tentatively Tuesday, September 26, 6:30-8:00pm
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.
Community Meeting 2: Design Workshop
Tentatively Thursday, November 2, 6:30-8:00pm
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
Tentatively Thursday, February 15, 6:30-8:00pm
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!
The project’s Core Team includes individuals who are knowledgeable about the study area’s issues and opportunities in related fields, and are vital to the implementation of this final plan. The Core Team will be engaged in three meetings throughout the study process and are committed to providing technical guidance, assisting in advertising public meetings, distributing information to the larger community, and providing feedback on materials to be presented at public meetings prior to each meeting.
*Below is a tentative meeting schedule. Actual dates are TBD and will be confirmed with Core Team Members.
Core Team Meeting 1: Introduction
Tentatively Thursday, August 31, 12:00-1:30pm
At this first meeting, the Core Team will be introduced to the project, the process and will discuss the upcoming first community meeting. The team will begin goal setting and discuss study area issues and opportunities.
Core Team Meeting 2: Design Workshop Preparation
Tentatively Tuesday, October 10, 12:00-1:30pm
At this second Core Team meeting, project draft analysis and study area understandings will be reviewed and discussed. The team will also discuss Design Workshop preparation and logistics.
Core Team Meeting 3: Draft Master Plan Review
Tentatively Tuesday, January 16, 12:00-1:30pm
At this final Core Team meeting, the consultant team will present the draft master plan recommendations. The Core Team will provide feedback and discuss implementation strategies. The third and final community meeting will also be discussed.