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Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway /
Veterans Memorial Highway
Livable Centers Initiative

Downloadable Files:
pdf icon First Stakeholders Meeting Minutes
pdf icon Visioning Document
pdf icon Flyer
pdf icon Final Document

The City of Atlanta Bureau of Planning and the Cobb County Department of Transportation were awarded a Livable Centers Initiative grant for Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway and Veterans Memorial Highway.

The planning process started in September 2009 and concluded March 2010.
The study was completed in July 2010.

What is the LCI program?
The Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) is a program offered by the Atlanta Regional Commission 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.

What are the primary goals of the program?
1. Encourage a diversity of mixed-income residential neighborhoods, employment, shopping and recreation choices at the activity center, town center, and corridor level;
2. Provide access to a range of travel modes including transit, roadways, walking and biking to enable access to all uses within the study area;
3. Develop an outreach process that promotes the involvement of all stakeholders

What are the study boundaries?
The study area encompasses an area of approximately 4 miles in length and 1/4 mile in width on either side of the corridor. The eastern boundary of study area is Commercial Avenue, just east of the intersection of DL Hollowell and James Jackson Parkway. The western boundary is Buckner Road in Cobb County. Click here to view map of study area. alt

What is the purpose of the study?
The City of Atlanta and Cobb County are seeking to balance growth and development within the DL Hollowell Pkwy/ Veterans Memorial Highway corridor. The purpose of the study is to develop strategies to encourage redevelopment of underutilized commercial, some light industrial uses and public housing developments into vibrant mixed use centers; to strengthen existing industrial uses; to provide a variety of opportunities for housing, services, amenities and jobs that are desirable to the existing and growing residential community and existing employers in the area; to improve mobility and accessibility to all modes of transportation within the corridor to people of all ages and income levels; to minimize potential land use conflict with industrial uses and truck traffic.

Who conducted the study?
The City of Atlanta and Cobb County selected a consultant team lead by Sizemore Group to conduct the planning process. The team consists of:
Sizemore Group - Planning and Urban Design, Huntley Partners Inc - Market Study, Kimley Horn – Transportation, Bowler Engineers - Transportation, PEQ Inc- Public Participation, The Integral Group – Development Strategies

Additional Questions?

If you would like additional information or have questions, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at the COA Bureau of Planning at 404-865-8522 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it at the Cobb County Department of Transportation at 770-528-1650.

Click here to view the City of Atlanta website.



Cobb County Bicycle and
Pedestrian Improvement Plan

The Cobb County Department of Transportation conducted a 15-month planning project -the Bicycle and Pedestrian Improvement Plan - that identifies where Cobb County can improve conditions for bicycling and walking and identify a strategy for investing in those improvements over time.

Click here for the Plan website.



Cobb Freedom Voucher Program

altThe Cobb County Department of Transportation, in partnership with Cobb Senior Services (CSS) and Cobb Community Transit (CCT), has initiated a new transportation program whose focus is to provide Cobb County's senior citizens the ability to access transportation services that are beyond waht is currently available through CCT and CSS. Citizens targeted for the program are seniors age 60 and older who qualify for CCT Paratransit services but live outside of the CCT Paratransit service area and are currently no served by CSS.

Click here for the Cobb Freedom website.
Status: In Progress



Atlanta to Chattanooga High Speed
Ground Transportation Study

website: www.atl-chatt.org
GDOT newsletter: Spring 2008
The Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) has contracted with Long Beach, CA-based firm Earth Tech to conduct a 30-month environmental impact and preliminary engineering analysis for the rail line, which would span approximately 110 miles between Atlanta 's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and Chattanooga 's Lovell Field. As in the study conducted by ARC, this study will consider maglev technology along with two steel wheel technology alternatives. Funding for the study is provided by a $7.5 million federal grant that requires a local match of approximately 20 percent. Matching funds of approximately $875,000 have been provided respectively by the Cumberland Community Improvement District (CID), a quasi-governmental conglomerate of corporate entities based in the Cumberland/Galleria area of Cobb County , and a coalition of entities lead by the State of Tennessee and the City of Chattanooga.

Sponsoring Agency: Georgia Department of Transportation
Contact Person: Susan Knudson
Georgia Department of Transportation, Project Manager
(404) 699-4407
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Status: In Progress
Completion Date: Spring 2010




Revive285 top end

website: www.revive285.com
In 2006, the Georgia Department of Transportation and the Georgia Regional Transportation Authority launched revive285 top end to develop a solution to the traffic challenges on this vital corridor. The focus of revive285 top end is to develop an overall corridor concept for the portion of I-285 extending from I-75 to I-85, incorporating each of the separate projects currently planned and programmed for the corridor. For more information about these projects, please view the project website.

Sponsoring Agency: Georgia Department of Transportation
Status: In Progress
Completion Date: Late 2011




Transit oriented development (TOD)
study in the Cumberland-Galleria area

website: www.cumberlandcid.org
Cobb County and the Cumberland Community Improvement District (CCID) have partnered to develop a transit oriented development (TOD) study in the Cumberland-Galleria area.  The purpose of the study, which is funded in part by the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Livable Centers Initiative program,  is to develop a plan that will allow the integration of premium mass transit (i.e. light rail transit, bus rapid transit) into the area, while simultaneously creating a built environment that is pedestrian-friendly and fully compatible with Mass Transit.  This effort is significant to the future of Cumberland-Galleria as an activity center, and ties in directly with the efforts to bring premium mass transit to the I-285 Top End and I-75 Northwest corridors.

Sponsoring Agency: Atlanta Regional Commission's Livable Centers Initiative program
Status: In Progress
Completion Date: Spring 2011

The study began in late September 2010 and will continue through mid-Spring 2011. For more information, please call Cobb DOT’s Planning Division at (770) 528-1679, or Tom Boland of the Cumberland CID at (770) 859-2324.



Six Flags Livable Centers Initiative (LCI)

Cobb County has been awarded a $100,000 grant through the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Livable Centers Initiative Program to conduct a study in the Six Flags area.   Due to its proximity to numerous regional assets, such as I-20, the Fulton County Airport, the industrial employment centers along I-20, Six Flags Over Georgia amusement park, and the Chattahoochee River, the area is primed for emergence as a regional activity center.

The study area currently contains a mix of older residential and commercial uses, a regional entertainment venue in Six Flags Over Georgia, and a multitude of industrial uses. However, these uses are not integrated and potential conflicts arise among competing uses.

The overall purpose of the Six Flags LCI study is to develop a master plan that includes multi-modal transportation options with existing and new land uses, including mixed-uses, and ensuring compatibility among the various uses. The study will result in recommendations to improve the multi-modal transportation balance in the area, which will address bicycle/pedestrian infrastructure, access to public transit and efficient freight movement. Additionally, the study will provide guidance in the development of programs and incentives to induce quality sustainable development to meet the needs of future residents, employees and visitors while improving public safety.


alt April 2012
Six Flags LCI Study Draft - Public Display

Please click here to learn more about the Six Flags LCI Public Display.





March 2012
Six Flags LCI Study Draft Final Reports

These are the draft final reports for the Six Flags LCI available for public review.
Six Flags LCI Implementation Guidebook Draft alt
Six Flags LCI Study Draft alt


February 2012
Six Flags LCI Study Third Meeting

PROJECT: Six Flags Livable Centers Iniative Study
DATE: Thursday, February 2, 2012
TIME: 6:00pm to 8:00pm with a special presentation beginning at 6:15pm
LOCATION: South Cobb Recreation Center, 875 Six Flags Drive, Austell, GA 30168
The Six Flags Livable Centers Initiative Study will hold a third public meeting on Thursday, February 2, 20121 from 6pm-8pm at the South Cobb Recreation Center.
Please view the meeting flyer alt for more information.


November 2011
Six Flags LCI Study Second Meetingalt

PROJECT: Six Flags Livable Centers Iniative Study
DATE: Thursday, November 17, 2011
TIME: 6:00pm to 8:00pm with a special presentation beginning at 6:15pm
LOCATION: South Cobb Recreation Center, 875 Six Flags Drive, Austell, GA 30168

The Six Flags Livable Centers Initiative Study will hold a second public meeting on Thursday, November 17, 2011 from 6pm-8pm at the South Cobb Recreation Center.
For more information view the meeting flyer and fact sheetalt


October 2011
Six Flags LCI Study Kick-Off Meeting

The Six Flags Livable Centers Initiative Study will hold a Study Kick-Off Meeting on Thursday, October 13, 2011 from 6pm-8pm at the South Cobb Recreation Center.
View the Study meeting flyer and Study fact sheetalt


Six Flags LCI Study - Supplementary Information