Community Development Assistance Program

One region. Many communities.

The Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP) provides metro Atlanta communities with planning and technical assistance on projects that advance community resiliency and social equity within the region.

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In addition to addressing the program’s guiding principles of resilience and equity, CDAP projects must address at least one of the following regional priorities:

  • Access to Healthy Food
  • Creative Placemaking
  • Green Infrastructure
  • Historic Preservation
  • Housing Affordability
  • Lifelong Communities
  • Smart Communities
  • Workforce Development

How can my community get assistance?

Projects are chosen based on staff capacity and how well the proposed project advances at least one of the program’s guiding principles of equity and resiliency.

Community Development Assistance Timeline

Where can I get information about current and past projects?

Below, you’ll find current and past projects supported by CDAP in previous years. Click the “+” to expand.

2020 Projects

2019 Projects

Aerotropolis Area Land Use Study

ARC will assess key land use and development conflicts within the various jurisdictions in the Aerotropolis area and recommend potential solutions. In coordination with the Aerotropolis Alliance, ARC will host a summit for Aerotropolis-area elected officials. The summit will cover planning and zoning best practices, as well as opportunities for interjurisdictional coordination. 

City of Stonecrest Historic Resource and Community Strategy

Working with the Arabia Alliance, ARC will inventory historic resources within the City of Stonecrest and establish policy recommendations to protect and preserve them. In addition, ARC will help community leaders and interested residents determine the best course of action for legally designating and preserving historic districts and landmarks. 

Digital Media Content Framework for the Atlanta Arts and Entertainment District

ARC will convene a committee of experts to develop a content framework for digital signage within the Atlanta Arts and Entertainment District. The digital signage will incorporate local history and culture to celebrate Downtown Atlanta’s heritage. 

Atlanta Land Trust Investment Prioritization Tool

ARC will help the Atlanta Land Trust identify and collect data to assist in the development of a site selection tool.  The work is the first phase of creating a tool that locates ideal future investments and formulates land acquisition criteria in the Atlanta Beltline Planning Area. 

Buford Highway Food Security Assessment

ARC will help the cities of Chamblee and Brookhaven and community partners identify barriers to food security in the Buford Highway corridor, particularly for the community’s low-income Hispanic population. The goal is the eventual removal of these barriers and improved health outcomes in the area.

Douglas County Zoning Code Audit

ARC will assist Douglas County with an audit of its current zoning ordinance, focusing on key corridors and areas within the county where existing zoning ordinances conflict with the vision laid out in the county’s recently completed long-range plan.

Historic Preservation as an Economic Tool for the City of Lithonia

ARC and the City of Lithonia will develop a strategy to use historic preservation as an economic development tool.  This will include opportunities for a Main Street façade program, a historic preservation district, and a workforce development program to fulfill recommendations outlined in the existing Livable Centers Initiative study and the city’s Comprehensive Plan.

Old Fourth Ward Visioning Study

ARC will conduct an analysis of previous planning studies, strategies, and initiatives impacting the Old Fourth Ward community and synthesize these recommendations into a vision for the area. A feasibility study for a Business Improvement District/Community Improvement District will be undertaken to determine potential long-term financing mechanisms.

Rockdale County & City of Conyers Planning and Zoning Training

ARC will facilitate a training program to inform the Planning Commission and Board of Adjustments of roles and responsibilities, while also discussing key issues faced by the county and city.

Washington Road Pedestrian Safety Study

With new development coming to the City of South Fulton’s Washington Road corridor, ARC will explore options for improving pedestrian access and safety, including sidewalks, updated MARTA bus stops, bicycle paths, trails, crosswalks, and street furniture.

Campbellton Community Master Plan*

The master plan for the historic Campbellton community will focus on a unified vision and strategies to address the its future related to development, transportation, recreation, and economic investment.

Glenwood Road- Columbia Drive Area Redevelopment Plan*

This project will provide a vision for the redevelopment of this underutilized commercial node in DeKalb County. The project will have an emphasis on community understanding and buy-in for redevelopment through training and education of stakeholders.

Forest Park Housing and Neighborhood Stabilization Strategy**

The Georgia Conservancy will help the city of Forest Park develop an inventory of current housing conditions for neighborhoods near downtown to stimulate investment. The Georgia Conservancy is a partner of ARC in the implementation of the Community Development Assistance Program.

Paulding County SR 92 Corridor Study**

The Georgia Conservancy is assisting the county with a study to of existing and potential assets along the SR 92 corridor with a goal of attract businesses and increasing the tax base through growth in the commercial and industrial sectors. The Georgia Conservancy is a partner of ARC in the implementation of the Community Development Assistance Program.

Rockdale County Milstead Historic Village**

The Georgia Conservancy will help Rockdale County evaluate historic structures in Milstead Village to aid in the county’s effort to develop design guidelines for the area and attract new businesses and economic opportunities.  The Georgia Conservancy is a partner of ARC in the implementation of the Community Development Assistance Program.

South Fulton District 4 Resiliency Program**

Georgia State University students participating in a senior seminar program at the Andrew Young School of Public Policy will identify opportunities to expand the agricultural program at Chattahoochee Hills Charter School, create urban community gardens and employment opportunities, and address environmental stressors that impact the area. The overall goals are to create healthy food choices and better utilize available agricultural land. Georgia State University is a partner of ARC in the implementation of the Community Development Assistance Program.

*Project funded by a grant from a partner organization

**Project led by a partner organization

2018 Projects

Chattahoochee Hills Stormwater Management Assessment

ARC assessed the City of Chattahoochee Hills’ Light Imprint (LI) stormwater management regulations and sought ways to better communicate them.  LI refers to a comprehensive approach to neighborhood design that relies on green infrastructure techniques to manage stormwater. ARC’s assessment identified ways to fully integrate and explain LI standards into the city’s code of ordinances.

City of East Point Downtown Overlay District Ordinance

ARC worked with East Point to review design standards and regulations for East Point’s downtown. The plan offers development guidelines pertaining to design standards and regulations. This rewrite will support the development of a sustainable mixed-use Main Street corridor.

Clayton County ZAG and ZBA Training

ARC and Clayton County organized an all-day planning training for Clayton County’s Zoning Advisory Group (ZAG) and Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA). These boards often consist of citizen members without formal planning education. ARC’s county-specific training equipped these board members with foundational planning and zoning tools to make effective decisions regarding their county’s future.

Fairburn Creative Placemaking Strategy

ARC crafted a unified plan for creative placemaking initiatives for the City of Fairburn. The strategy identifies and prioritizes key sites for public art around the city’s downtown. ARC used innovative community engagement methods such as a civic dinner, pop-up events, and visual preference surveys throughout the process. Following the plan’s recommendations, the City of Fairburn is currently working on hiring a staff member to lead the city’s creative placemaking work.

Grove Park Community Goals and Neighborhood Assessment

ARC conducted a community goals and neighborhood assessment for the Grove Park neighborhood in Northwest Atlanta in collaboration with the Grove Park Foundation and community members. The assessment studies housing conditions and offers policy recommendations to guide growth and development in the community. The team also produced a neighborhood pattern book that guides developers and homeowners on design principles and architectural styles consistent with the neighborhood’s unique character.

Tracks to Progress: City of Hampton’s Economic Development Strategy

ARC developed a community-driven economic strategy for the City of Hampton titled ‘Tracks to Progress.’ The plan identifies and prioritizes specific policies, programs, and infrastructure investments to implement the city’s economic development goals. Specifically, the strategy highlights Cherry Street as a prime location for creative placemaking strategies and other infrastructure improvements to promote economic activity near the city’s historic downtown. The plan reimagines the street as pedestrian-friendly space complete with outdoor seating, added lighting, and public art.

Housing Profile for the City of Hapeville

ARC studied housing trends increasing the cost-burden of residents in the City of Hapeville as well as identified strategies to address these housing challenges. The report offers several recommendations on how the city can develop housing leadership, mitigate potential for displacement, increase homeownership to stabilize existing neighborhoods, and diversify the city’s housing supply.

Commercial Parking Assessment for the City of Hapeville

Hapeville’s downtown is attracting more businesses and visitors, increasing the need for public parking. At the same time, its code allows for a surplus of commercial parking that often goes underutilized. ARC assessed these challenges and offered recommendations to strike a balance between the existing supply of parking and growing demand. The study’s recommendations address parking minimums and downtown walkability. The plan also identifies vacant lots for potential public parking sites as well as underutilized commercial parking lots to explore shared use agreements with property owners.

Kennesaw City Cemetery Strategic Plan

ARC created a strategy for the use and programming of the Kennesaw City Cemetery, a cultural resource uniquely positioned in downtown Kennesaw. Relying on the findings of extensive stakeholder and community engagement, the plan identifies strategies to activate the space such as movie screenings and live music. The plan was unanimously approved of by the Kennesaw City Council in June.

Tyrone Downtown Zoning Assessment

The Town of Tyrone and its citizens envision a walkable, connected, and reenergized town center with mixed use developments and strong sense of place. ARC developed best development models, zoning code amendments, and comprehensive plan policies to guide development and if adopted, ultimately make the town’s vision a reality.

Union City Community Garden Opportunities

ARC outlined a strategy for Union City to develop a community garden for citizens to “gather, plot, grow, and give.” The garden will not only address food security concerns but also foster social interaction among community members and create a lasting healthier urban environment. Union City has already implemented the first phase of the strategy after receiving a community orchard through the Atlanta Local Food Initiative (ALFI) Orchard Project, a coalition program supported by ARC and regional partners.

2021 Projects

  • Fairburn Community Garden Plan
    The City of Fairburn aspires to develop a community garden that will stimulate social interaction among residents, increase physical activity, and provide an area with limited access to grocery stores with access to fresh, healthy produce. The completed plan will identify sites across the city for future community gardens, elements to include in each garden, as well as implementation strategies and potential funding sources.
  • Sandy Springs Flood Mitigation and Resilience Strategy
    Developing this strategy would be a first step in Sandy Springs’ establishment of a comprehensive climate resilience plan. The flood mitigation and resilience component of the plan will unify current existing work on the city’s flood issues. As part of this process, the city will work with ARC’s City Simulator, a geographic information system (GIS) tool capable of gathering and analyzing a wide variety of geographical data. Using the tool will enable Sandy Springs to accurately predict its infrastructure’s vulnerability to threats such as flooding. The city will incorporate the resulting report into its eventual resilience plan.
  • South Fulton Citizen Board Training
    This training will bring together members of several of this new city’s boards to arm them with the knowledge and tools necessary to work with community members, elected officials, and developers as they consider key infrastructure and development decisions in the months and years to come. In addition, the county will receive a re-usable lesson plan that they can use in the future to educate new citizen boards as well as the wider community.
  • South River Forest Consensus Building and Stakeholder Engagement
    ARC will convene stakeholders to discuss the potential impact of improved residential access to green space in the 3,500-acree South River Forest area — specifically, the impact on factors such as economic development, tree canopy protection, and water quality. This process will engage both residents and elected officials in an exploration process of the potential for this considerable green space, including examining case studies of similar areas elsewhere and reviewing regulations and policies in the City of Atlanta and DeKalb County affecting the area.
  • Tucker Arts in the Alleys Initiative
    The City of Tucker will integrate public art into the alleys in downtown Tucker to enhance the overall sense of place, create an economic driver for local businesses, and allow all residents and visitors to feel comfortable and welcome. In addition, teams made up of local arts and culture professionals taking part in this year’s ARC Arts Leaders of Metro Atlanta (ALMA) class are developing potential mock-up designs addressing this challenge — and will be in conversation with Tucker about potential future collaboration.

    The following projects will receive project grants through the CDAP program:

  • Chamblee Housing Study
    Grant Amount: $120,000
    This housing study will complete a preliminary assessment, begun by Georgia State University students, evaluating the city’s housing for demographic, economic, and affordability data — establishing the number of residents who are cost-burdened, that is, paying 30% or more of their income on housing. The study will also develop recommendations for improving housing stability and affordability.
  • Dunwoody Edge City 2.0 Redevelopment Plan
    Grant Amount: $120,000
    This redevelopment plan will create a vision for the portion of Perimeter Center that lies within Dunwoody. This vision will incorporate new mixed use and multifamily development based on three different growth scenarios: low, medium, and high. Each will align with the 2020 Dunwoody Comprehensive Plan. Residents and other stakeholders will then be invited to review the plans. A final report will include an assessment of existing conditions, case studies for each growth scenario, and a summary of stakeholder discussions.
  • Livable Buckhead
    Grant Amount: $80,000
    This project responds to Buckhead’s housing affordability challenge by exploring the feasibility of a program in which employers assist in securing affordable housing units for employees, as well as gauging interest in such a program among both employers and residents. Thirdly, it will assess the feasibility of employer-assisted affordable housing units from both legal and policy perspectives. Previously, a study found a gap in housing supply for those who earn less than $50,000 annually. The study found that demand for affordable housing was sufficient to fill 6,000 housing units. After determining the interest in and feasibility of employer-assisted affordable housing, this project will create a toolkit that outlines strategies for implementing recommendations.

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