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Livable Centers Initiatives

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) is a powerful tool to transform our built environment from auto-centric spaces to sustainable, walkable places. They are essential to regional planning to manage the Atlanta area’s continuing, tremendous growth. Past LCI projects have studied Community Improvement Districts (CIDs), historic downtowns, existing and emerging job centers, and all the MARTA stations.


KB Advisory Group (KB) has participated in the ARC’s LCI community planning, redevelopment, updates, and implementation efforts since 1999, engaging communities in each step of the process.


The KB team is charged with analyzing market opportunities and feasibility of development plans for walkable-mixed-use districts as a sub-consultant for planning firms. KB often participates in public meetings, stakeholder meetings, and internal consulting throughout an LCI project. Typically, the firm addresses two areas of analysis: Market Study-Related Tasks and LCI Implementation-Related Tasks.


LCI Market Study-Related Tasks

KB analysts consider the factors impacting real estate supply and demand via data-driven analytical evaluation. The results enable leadership to make appropriate decisions about future development in an LCI Study Area. KB’s market analysis includes a set of actions to gain that holistic perspective:


  • Defining the LCI Market Area and its surroundings
  • Economic and Demographic Analysis
  • Analyzing Residential Demand
  • Analyzing Retail Demand
  • Assessing Office Demand
  • Providing conclusions regarding future development potential


LCI Implementation-Related Tasks

KB analysts then examine implementation funding to provide a forward-looking assessment of how best to achieve LCI Study Area goals, which generally includes:


  • Assessing the economic development toolkit
  • Proposing a plan to enhance incentives available to the development community
  • Evaluating the appropriateness and feasibility of initiating new economic enhancement programs
  • Catalyst Project Concepts
    • Determining the economic feasibility within and beyond the constraints of current zoning
    • Determining uses and configurations of identified catalyst project sites
    • Ensuring the presence of an optimal slate of economic development incentives for the viability of each catalyst site
    • Conducting a preliminary financial analysis of catalyst project scenarios in the short, medium, and long term


KB’s LCI efforts may also analyze each proposed development scenario’s economic, fiscal, and school impacts at full build-out to document the potential positive effects on the LCI Study Area and the local public school district.


The ARC’s 2022 LCI Application Guidebook is available online and includes detailed information about the program goals, study types, priorities issues, and more.

Catoosa County Industrial Development Economic & Fiscal Impact Analysis

Location: Catoosa County, Georgia Client: Chattanooga Industrial LLC Lead Consultant: KB Advisory Group Services provided: Economic and Fiscal Impact Analysis KB Advisory Group conducts Economic & Fiscal Impact Analysis for Industrial Development in Catoosa County   KB Advisory Group (KB) Scope Chattanooga Industrial LLC retained...

Riverdale LCI

Location: Riverdale, GA Client: City of Riverdale Lead Consultant: TSW Services provided: Economic and Demographic Analysis, Residential and Commercial Real Estate Market Analysis KB Advisory Group conducts market analysis with TSW for Riverdale LCI   KB Advisory Group (KB) Scope ​KB Advisory Group partnered with...

Downtown Forest Park LCI

KB Advisory Group (KB) was the market study and implementation funding least on the Downtown Forest Park LCI. The firm’s 2021 Market Analysis and Real Estate Demand Forecast determined the current local real estate market trends and future needs that could be met in the Downtown LCI Study Area.

2017 North Point LCI

Location: Fulton County, GA Client: City of Alpharetta, GA Lead Consultant: Kimley-Horn 2017 North Point LCI In 2017, the City of Alpharetta received a Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) grant from the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC). The $100,000 award was for the North Point Livable Centers...

South Main Street LCI

In 2021, the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) awarded the City of Alpharetta a $160,000 grant for the South Main Street Livable Centers Initiative (LCI). KB Advisory Group worked on the 2022 South Main LCI with study lead Kimley-Horn and partner TSW.


KB Advisory Group’s history and experience with the LCI Program: KB has participated in the ARC’s LCI community planning, redevelopment, updates, and implementation efforts since 1999; our engagements have run the gamete of LCI projects over the 23 years.

Downtown Austell LCI Study

Downtown Austell LCI Study. The Austell City Council approved the Downtown Austell Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) Study just a year ago. KB Advisory Group (KB) joined TSW in the LCI planning effort. Downtown Austell LCI Study.

Sugar Hill Downtown Master Plan LCI Update

In 2017, the City of Sugar Hill received a Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) grant, and KB was part of the 2017-2018 Downtown MP LCI update consultant team.

Auburn, Georgia receives Visionary City Award

Auburn named a Georgia Visionary City: In January 2021, the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) and Georgia Trend magazine named Auburn, Georgia, a Visionary City. KB Advisory Group was pleased to learn this news about our client.