Planning Studies and Projects
Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) program and studies
The livable centers initiative (LCI) is a program offered by the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) that encourages local jurisdictions to plan and implement strategies that link transportation improvements with land-use development strategies to create sustainable, livable communities consistent with regional development policies. Planning grants are awarded on a competitive basis to local governments and non-profit organizations to prepare plans to study and enhance areas.
The city of Marietta has three LCI plans to date:
In February 2012, the City, Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU), and Life University were thrilled to receive notification from the ARC that the joint Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) grant application was selected for federal funding in the amount of $80,000, with a $20,000 local match.
The study is complete and advanced a collaborative initiative of the study partners (City, SPSU, and Life University) through the development of a redevelopment study that examined ways to make the universities more visible along Cobb Parkway, focus on redevelopment strategies and appropriate land uses along Cobb Parkway (US41) and South Marietta Parkway (SR 120). The study was adopted by Mayor and City Council on July 10, 2013. Read more study details.
ARC press release (295 KB)
Franklin Road/ Delk Road LCI plan (competed)
The Delk Road Transit Oriented Development (TOD) LCI Study is a joint plan between the City of Marietta and Cobb County. In 2005, the plan was initially adopted by the City and Cobb County. The plan was funded as part of the ARC’s LCI program and was awarded federal funds to conduct the study.
Initially, the study focused on the concept of a bus rapid transit station location along Franklin Road. The concept was supported then by the proposed light rail transit plans for the High Occupancy Vehicle (HOV)/ Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) study along Interstate-75. When the transit study was no longer supported, the plans of the LCI study were altered.
In 2009, the City and Cobb County approved an update of the original study and changed the name of the plan from the Delk Road Transit Oriented Development Study to the Franklin Road/ Delk Road LCI study. The primary focus of the study still centers on the redevelopment of the land uses along the Franklin Road corridor. In 2011, both jurisdictions approved an amendment to the study update to expand the area boundary southward to include portions of Powers Ferry Road as well as include the Green Tech Corridor and the Opportunity Zone designation.
Delk TOD LCI study plan (9 MB)
Franklin/Delk LCI five-year update 2009 (19 MB)
Franklin/Delk LCI five-year update amendment 2011 (5.3 MB)
Envision Marietta LCI (completed)
In 2000, the ARC selected the city of Marietta as one of the first twelve communities to kick-off the now nationally recognized LCI program. Marietta’s intown area was designated as a regional activity center, and was awarded federal funds to conduct a master plan for the downtown and intown areas of Marietta. The plan was completed and adopted by City Council in 2001, and since that date many of the recommended projects and policies have been implemented by the city or are underway. The master plan has been reviewed and updated twice, once in 2005 and in 2010. See links for study updates below.
Envision Marietta study (1.3 MB)
Envision Marietta five-year study update 2005 (6.9 MB)
Envision Marietta five-year study update 2011 (6.9 MB)
Roswell streetscape project (underway)
The Envision Marietta downtown master plan outlines the vision for the downtown area with corresponding projects and actions to help achieve that vision. The plan called for streetscaping on roads to increase pedestrian safety and activity, traffic calming, help improve regional air quality issues and create an attractive sense of place. The plan recommends Roswell Street as one of the primary roads needing streetscaping because it is a main gateway into the city. The city has received LCI implementation funds to construct portions of the streetscape project. The project includes wide brick sidewalks, street lighting, street trees and a few pocket parks.
Separate from the streetscape project, the city's Board of Lights and Water is placing the utilities and power lines underground, which will minimize visual clutter along Roswell Street once all of the projects are complete.
2011 Transportation Enhancement Grant Projects
In May 2011, the city of Marietta was notified by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) of its award to three transportation enhancement grant applications that were submitted in late 2010. The three projects and the awarded amounts are Atherton Square revitalization ($538,000), cemetery trail ($631,907), and Kennesaw Mountain to Chattahoochee River (KMCR) trail - gap ($400,000). Listed below is additional information provided on each of the projects.
Atherton Square Revitalization
Atherton square map
June 27th, 2012 design presentation meeting
2010 TE Grant Submission - Cemetery Trail
Cemetery Trail Design Map
KMCR Trail - Gap
KMCR trail - gap map
July 26th, 2012 design workshop
Marietta multi-use trail map
The city is dedicated to providing a well-connected trail system through Marietta that will link to Cobb County trails. The trail network will connect various neighborhoods to the downtown, the universities, employment centers, as well as to the Silver Comet trail in Cobb County.
Trail Map (1.2 MB)
Comprehensive plan (completed)
City staff completed the Marietta comprehensive plan in 2005. The plan was approved by the Department of Community Affairs and the Atlanta Regional Commission and subsequently adopted by the Marietta City Council on March 8, 2006. Bound hard copies of the plan may be purchased at the Planning Department for $25, CDs may be purchased for $10. The city plans on annually updating the comprehensive plan.
Master comprehensive plan (33.5 MB)
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Kennestone area land use and transportation study (completed)
This study was a joint venture between Kennestone Hospital and the city, as both parties have considerable interest in land use and transportation decisions made in the area. Kennestone Hospital contributed $80,000 to the study, and the city contributed the remaining $18,500. The city handled all the project management with the consultant, the Sizemore Group, on this project. The study area encompasses the area directly around the hospital. The study analyzed land use, zoning and transportation issues in the study area. The study was approved and adopted by City Council on Dec. 13, 2006.
TOC and executive summary (4.3 MB)
Background (20 KB)
Community profile (7.4 MB)
Development plan (4.3 MB)
Recommendations (5.3 MB)
Action plan (1 MB)
Appendix - traffic county (1 MB)
Powder Springs Street master plan (completed)
The Powder Springs Street master plan was a joint project by the city of Marietta and the Marietta Housing Authority completed in 2002. The recommendations of the study cover four basic elements; land use, transportation, urban design and economics.
Powder Springs Street master plan
Cobb County bike/pedestrian improvement plan (completed)
Bicycling and walking are important modes of transportation in Marietta and Cobb County's future. Whether to help beat the high price of gas, to enjoy the benefits of physical exercise or just for fun, more and more people are seeking safe places to walk or bicycle in the city and in Cobb County. The Cobb County Department of Transportation conducted a 15-month planning project - the bicycle and pedestrian improvement plan - that identified where Cobb County, the city of Marietta and other Cobb cities can improve conditions for bicycling and walking and identified a strategy for investing in those improvements over time.
Cobb County bike/pedestrian improvement plan
Cobb County comprehensive transportation plan (completed)
Cobb County and its six partner cities have launched a comprehensive planning study of transportation needs and challenges. Beginning with a review of existing conditions and projected future demands, the study team will also assess land use and transportation relationships throughout the county. The study will investigate alternative ways to ensure the efficient movement of people and goods over the next 25 years.
Cobb County comprehensive transportation plan