The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) board in February approved The Atlanta Region’s Plan, a long-range blueprint that details the investments that will be made in the region during the next 25 years to ensure future success and improve our quality of life.
The plan incorporates all of ARC’s program areas – transportation, community development, aging & health services, water resources and workforce development.
The ARC Board adopted a framework for the Atlanta Region’s Plan that focuses on a three-fold vision: providing world-class infrastructure; ensuring the region is comprised of healthy, livable communities; and building a competitive economy.
You can explore the plan at atlantaregionsplan.com. But here are seven things to know:
1. Incorporates Feedback from the Community
ARC engaged a diverse range of community members to get feedback, achieving more than 25,000 interactions including online surveys, a regional telephone poll and stakeholder interviews.
In addition, ARC took steps to better engage Millennials at the regional planning table through the creation of a Millennial Advisory Panel.
2. Accounts for Significant Population Growth in the Atlanta Region
ARC forecasts the Atlanta region will add 2.5 million people by 2040. That’s the equivalent of all of today’s metro Charlotte moving to metro Atlanta.
The Atlanta Region’s Plan takes this growth into account, programming funding for new transportation options and encouraging the development of connected, mixed-use centers and corridors that provide easier access to jobs and services.
3. Invests $85 Billion in Transportation Projects through 2040
That sounds like a lot of money, but nearly two-thirds of the funds will be needed to maintain existing infrastructure – such as paving roads and repairing bridges.
That leaves $28 billion available for expansion projects. Key projects include:
- Constructing a network of managed toll lanes on area highways, promising better rides for those who ride transit, carpool or pay a toll ($7 billion)
- Widening and improving arterial roads ($5.8 billion)
- Building or improving 35 highway interchanges ($3.1 billion)
- Potentially expanding transit, such as Clayton County, Ga. 400, Clifton Corridor, and I-20 East ($11.9 billion)
4. Meets the Needs of Atlanta’s Fast-Growing Aging Population
Metro Atlanta’s population of older adults is expected to more than double by 2040 as Baby Boomers age and life spans increase. The Atlanta Region’s Plan includes programs and policies to meet this growing need.
As the federally-designated Area Agency on Aging in metro Atlanta, ARC provides comprehensive services, such as in-home support services, transportation and home-delivered meals, to older and disabled adults, such as in-home support services, transportation and home-delivered meals.
ARC’s Aging & Health Strategic Plan, Live Beyond Expectations, is designed to deliver increased support services and provide greater impact, despite a reduction in resources.
And ARC’s Lifelong Communities initiative helps guide efforts at the local level to create communities that enable people to remain in their communities as they age.