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					The Atlanta BeltLine




     Updated April 2010

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          AGENDA


Why is the BeltLine important?


Where is the BeltLine?


What is the BeltLine?


How is the BeltLine happening?


What has been done so far?


How can you be involved?


Questions



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      WHY IS THE BELTLINE
         IMPORTANT?

                                  ATLANTA FACES CHALLENGES
                             POPULATION GROWTH: Fastest growing
                             metro region in the country since 2000.

                             TRAFFIC CONGESTION: Hurts air quality,
                             quality of life, and economic development.

                             INSUFFICIENT PARKS: Lowest percentage of
                             park space (<4%) among 25 largest U.S. cities.

                             UNBALANCED ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT:
                             Development has been uneven throughout the
                             City, creating disinvestment in some areas.

                             UNPLANNED GROWTH: Leads to sprawl and
                             disconnected pockets of development.




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      WHY IS THE BELTLINE
         IMPORTANT?

                                      THE BELTLINE WILL
                       IMPROVE QUALITY OF LIFE by adding parks and
                       trails, improving mobility, enhancing public art, and
                       creating walkable communities.

                       REVITALIZE NEIGHBORHOODS that have not seen
                       investment – it is the largest urban redevelopment
                       project currently underway in the United States.

                       CREATE A HEALTHIER CITY with cleaner land, more
                       opportunities to exercise, and alternatives to driving.

                       DRIVE ECONOMIC GROWTH, creating jobs and
                       encouraging development, similar to Hartsfield-Jackson
                       Atlanta International Airport.

                       CONNECT ATLANTA’s people, places, and
                       communities.



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 WHERE IS THE BELTLINE?



 The BeltLine is in the heart of the
 Atlanta region & utilizes historic
 freight rail Right Of Way circling the
 City.




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 WHERE IS THE BELTLINE?


                                                              I-85
                                                                      It creates a necklace
                 I-75                                                 around the center of
                                                                      town and connects
                                                                      many of Atlanta‟s
      Bellwood
      Quarry
                        Water
                        Works              Piedmont
                                                                      cultural destinations
                                             Park




                                                      I-20
  Westview
  Cemetery




                          I-75/85

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      WHAT IS THE BELTLINE?
                 Key Elements




Parks and Arboretum    Trails                  Transit & Transportation Jobs & Economic
                                               Infrastructure           Development




Affordable Workforce   Historic Preservation   Streetscapes &          Environmental
Housing                                        Public Art              Clean-up


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       WHAT IS THE BELTLINE?
                     New Parks and Trails

                     New Parks and Trails                                                                   Overview
                                                                                              Trails: 33 miles of trails connecting
                            Colonial                                                          parks, businesses, neighborhoods, and
                                                                        I-85
                      I-75 Park                                                               cultural destinations
                                                                  Peachtree
                                                                   Ck Park
                                       Tallulah
                                        Park
                                                                                              New Parks: Up to 1,300 acres of new
               Waterworks
                  Park
                                                                     Ansley Sq.
                                                                                              parks and greenspace
                                                                       Piedmont Park
                                                                       Expansion              Existing Parks: Connects and
                                                                                              improves existing parks

                                                   Historic 4th                               Arboretum: 22-mile linear collection of
   Westside
   Reservoir
                                                   Ward Park
                                                                                              trees
     Park             Maddox Park




Enota Park                                                                     I-20
                                                                           Glenwood W.
                                                                           Park
                                              Stanton/                      Southside H.S.
                               Hillside     Four Corners                    Park
                                Park                                     Intrenchment
      Lawton St
        Park                                                              Woods Park

                                                   Boulevard
                     Murphy                       Crossing Park
                  Crossing Park
                                   I-75/85



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      WHAT IS THE BELTLINE?
                         Transit

                                                                Overview
                                          I-85    Existing rail corridor: 22-mile loop of
                                                  transit using historic railroad corridor
        I-75
                                                  In-town circulator: 2-3 miles from
                                                  downtown, connects 45 neighborhoods
                                                  Light rail transit: Neighborhood-
                                                  friendly, can be crossed on foot
                                                  Part of integrated transit system:
                                                  4 connections with MARTA
                                                  2 connections with Peachtree Corridor.


                                   I-20




               I-75/85




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      WHAT IS THE BELTLINE?
                Planning & Development

   Economic Development Areas                                                           Overview
                                                                        Master planning for land use and
                                                  Lindbergh
                          Peachtree                                     connectivity to shape thoughtful
                                                                        development around the BeltLine
                                              Armour Yard
                                                                        Complete Communities where you can
       Upper West Side                        Ansley
                          Northside                                     live, work, play, pray, learn, shop, etc.
                                                  Midtown /
 Upper
Marietta /               Lowery /
                                              Virginia Highlands        Pedestrian friendly and transit-oriented
Westside                 Hollowell
  Park                                           Ponce/Old              Mixed income communities benefiting all
                                                  4th Ward
                                                  Inman Park /
                                                                        Atlantans
    Simpson /                                      Hulsey Yard
   Maddox Park
                                                                        Appropriate transitions into existing
                    West End /
                   McDaniel Glenn                                       neighborhoods
   RDA /                                               Memorial Dr. /
  Cascade                                               Glenwood


 Murphy Triangle                                 Boulevard
                                                  Crossing

 Oakland City
                               University /
                University /     Pryor
                Metropolitan




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      WHAT IS THE BELTLINE?
 Environmental Cleanup and Re-Use

 Brownfield Redevelopment Areas                    Overview
                                     Clean up of approximately 1,100 acres
                                     of contaminated industrial properties
                                     Reuse of old railroad corridors
                                     Adaptive use of historic structures




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     HOW DOES THE BELTLINE
           HAPPEN?

It takes all of us working together to make the BeltLine happen.
• Public side
                                                             •   Private side
• Formed by Atlanta
                                                             •   Awareness and education
  Development Authority
                                                             •   Raises private funding
• Planning, design,
                                                             •   Social Impacts
  implementation and engaging
  residents in these processes

• PATH Foundation
• Trust for Public Land
• Trees Atlanta                                                        • Public input
• MARTA                     Partners                   Community       • Grass roots support
• Piedmont Park                                                        • Volunteering
  Conservancy
• Many others

• Parks, Recreation and
  Cultural Affairs                           Funding             • $2.8 billion
• Planning and Community                                         • Multiple public and private
  Development                                                      funding sources
• Public Works
• Watershed Management

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        PROGRESS UPDATE
      YES! The BeltLine is Happening
PARKS:
                                                    Historic 4th Ward Park
• Over 300 acres of parkland have been secured,
  with help from the Trust for Public Land.
• Construction has begun on Historic Fourth Ward
  Park.
• Piedmont Park Conservancy has started their
  expansion.
• Design of West Side Park, Boulevard Crossing
  and Peoplestown Parks is underway, with
  construction scheduled for 2010.
                                                    Piedmont Park Expansion




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        PROGRESS UPDATE
      YES! The BeltLine is Happening
TRAILS:
                                     West End Trail – Phase II
• Built by PATH, the West End
  Trail opened in October 2008.
• Seven miles of hiking trails and
  three more permanent trail
  segments scheduled to open in
  2010.
ARBORETUM: First mile of the
BeltLine Arboretum has been
planted by Trees Atlanta.




  Northeast Corridor                 West End Trail               Atlanta Memorial Trail

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        PROGRESS UPDATE
      YES! The BeltLine is Happening




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        PROGRESS UPDATE
      YES! The BeltLine is Happening
                                  TRANSIT:
                                  • Nearly 50% of right-of-way has been secured (NE, SW,
                                    Reynoldstown).

                                  • MARTA and ABI are performing an Environmental Impact
                                    Study, which will determine:
                                      transit/trail alignment
                                      station locations
                                      train type
                                      environmental impacts (air quality, noise, energy, etc.)




Northeast Corridor – Inman Park

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        PROGRESS UPDATE
      YES! The BeltLine is Happening

AFFORDABLE HOUSING: $8.8 million has been allocated to the BeltLine Affordable
Housing Trust Fund, with more anticipated in 2010.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Over 100 residential and commercial projects have already
been initiated within the BeltLine Study Area since 2005.




                       Glenwood Park   ALTA Old 4th Ward




Inman Park
Village                                   Sky Lofts

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        PROGRESS UPDATE
      YES! The BeltLine is Happening

PUBLIC INPUT AND PLANNING:
Citizen participation is happening
through BeltLine Study Groups.
• 5 Master Plans adopted by City Council
• 1 Master Plan pending adoption
• 4 Master Plans underway
• Corridor Design underway.

FUNDING: The BeltLine has
approximately $351 - $393 million of
funding through mid-2011 from a variety
of sources, including:
• TAD bonds ($78 million issued to date)
• City of Atlanta (Park Opportunity
  Bonds, Public Works, Watershed
  Management)
• Capital Campaign
• Federal funding


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         PROGRESS UPDATE
     YES! The BeltLine is Happening




• Volunteer Advisory Committee and
  Working Group
• Representatives from Arts
  community and neighborhoods
    o   Fulton County Arts Council
    o   Office of Cultural Affairs
    o   WonderRoot
    o   Eyedrum
    o   SCAD
    o   FLUX Projects
    o   MAPAC
    o   MAACC
• 30-40 Temporary Art Installations &
  Performances
• May – October 2010

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HOW CAN YOU BE INVOLVED?

LEARN MORE:
• Go to www.beltline.org and sign up for e-news
• Take a FREE tour: reserve a seat at tours.beltline.org or 404-446-4400.
• Attend quarterly briefings
• Invite us to speak to your group

VOLUNTEER:
• Spread the word at festivals
• Be a BeltLine Ambassador
• Help with volunteer and milestone events
• More at volunteer.beltline.org or 404-446-4404.

PLAN THE BELTLINE:
• Attend study group meetings and city-wide conversations

SUPPORT THE BELTLINE:
• Donate to the BeltLine Capital Campaign at donate.beltline.org.



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HOW CAN YOU BE INVOLVED?
                    Study Groups



                    When needed, Study Groups
 Study Group        meet from 6:30 - 8:30PM on
   Northside                1st Mondays
   Northeast               2nd Thursdays
  Southeast                 2nd Mondays
  Southwest                4th Thursdays
   Westside                  4th Mondays

Sign up for e-news at www.beltline.org for
meeting notification or contact the Office of
Community Engagement:

Beth McMillan, bmcmillan@atlbeltline.org,
404-588-5463

Rukiya Eaddy, readdy@atlbeltline.org,
404-614-8285




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                Q&A




          Additional Questions?
  ABI and BLP                            Other Studies
  Arboretum                              Partners
  Affordable Housing & Displacement      Real Estate Incentives
  Capital Campaign                       Schools
  Citizen Participation                  Security
  CLTs                                   Supreme Court Ruling
  Community Benefits Agreements          Taxes
  EIS                                    Tax Allocation District (TAD)
  GDOT/Amtrak                            Transit
  Historic Preservation                  Westside Park
  Historic Fourth Ward Park
  How else you can get involved

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          Q&A - Arboretum

                  The Atlanta BeltLine Arboretum: A living connection for the BeltLine


                  •Arboretum- A collection
                  of trees that is designed
                  and planted for
                  aesthetic, research, and
                  educational purposes.

•14 „Natural Neighborhoods‟ with themed
collections

•Integrates educational programming with
neighborhoods, schools, and general
public.

•Will be the largest linear arboretum in the
world!


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  Q&A – ORGANIZATIONAL
       STRUCTURE




      The builders of the BeltLine & Community outreach &           Raise funds from
      responsible for all operational engagement, liaison with foundations, corporations
       aspects – planning, design, government & non-profit           & philanthropic
          property acquisition &            partners           community, address social
             implementation                                     impacts, conduct tours &
                                                                     community and
                                                                 neighborhood outreach




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       Q&A – DISPLACEMENT &
      AFFORDABLE WORKFORCE
              HOUSING
Displacement and affordable workforce housing are important issues:

• The most common concern expressed by residents is that they feel they will no
  longer be able to afford to live in their current neighborhood.

• The City will be stronger if government workers, teachers, policemen, firemen, and
  service employees are able to live in the communities in which they work – and if
  current residents can remain.

• The BeltLine will be more successful if individuals who depend most heavily on
  public transit live near it.




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       Q&A – DISPLACEMENT &
      AFFORDABLE WORKFORCE
              HOUSING

The BeltLine team is working to address these issues:

• 15% of all TAD net bond proceeds ($240 million) are put into an affordable
  housing trust fund, representing Atlanta‟s largest single investment in affordable
  housing.

• The BeltLine Affordable Housing Advisory Board consists of housing and
  community leaders who advise Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. on how to best leverage the
  affordable housing trust fund.

• The BeltLine Partnership is working with non-profit, business, government, and
  community partners to advance the use of Community Land Trusts to create
  permanently affordable housing around the BeltLine.

• The BeltLine Partnership, with Morehouse College, has developed a guide to
  connect residents along the BeltLine with resources that can help them remain in
  their communities.


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      Q&A – CAPITAL CAMPAIGN

The BeltLine Partnership kicked off a $60 million capital campaign early in
2007.

Former Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin serves as Honorary Chair.

Campaign is co-chaired by a stellar group of Atlanta leaders:
   • Jim Kennedy, Chairman and CEO of Cox Enterprises
   • Phil Kent, Chairman and CEO of Turner Broadcasting System
   • Herman Russell, Chairman of H. J. Russell and Company
   • Ray Weeks, Chairman of Weeks Robinson Properties

Over $30.3 million has been raised from more than 60 donors, including
many of Atlanta‟s largest companies and foundations.

Campaign funds support trail development and land acquisition for parks.


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Q&A – CITIZEN PARTICIPATION
       FRAMEWORK
CITIZEN PARTICIPATION FRAMEWORK: The Citizen Participation Framework is
in place to ensure that the voices of residents are involved, engaged, and considered
in the implementation of the BeltLine. The Citizen Participation Framework includes
five main components:
• Study Groups
• A community Representative on the ABI Board
• A Citizen Participation Advocate on the ABI staff
• Quarterly Briefings
• Tax Allocation District Advisory Committee (TADAC) and BeltLine Affordable
  Housing Advisory Board (BAHAB)


STUDY GROUPS: There are five Study Groups (N, NE, SE, SW, W) that are
designed to provide geographic and project specific input over the 25-year life of the
BeltLine, including input into master planning, transit planning, etc.




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Q&A – CITIZEN PARTICIPATION
       FRAMEWORK
TAX ALLOCATION DISTRICT ADVISORY COMMITTEE (TADAC): The TADAC is
made up of stakeholders from across the broad spectrum of Atlanta and is composed
of community members representing the Atlanta neighborhoods and technical
experts with a commitment to making the BeltLine a success for the City. TADAC‟s
main responsibilities are primarily the following:
• Make recommendations to ADA and the City on the issuance , allocation and
  distribution of tax allocation proceeds within the BeltLine Development Area;
• Monitor the effective and equitable distribution of the BeltLine Redevelopment
  Plan;
• Conduct an independent review of the BeltLine‟s 5-year development plan.


BELTLINE AFFORDABLE HOUSING AVISORY BOARD (BAHAB): A group
of individuals with demonstrable experience in affordable housing related
fields. Their purpose is to make policy recommendations to the ADA and City
Council, monitor the availability and location of affordable housing, and coordinate
with other affordable housing activities in the City of Atlanta.


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Q&A – Land Trust Collaboratives


                       Land Trust Collaboratives:
                A Proven Vehicle for the Development and
                   Preservation of Affordable Housing

  •   Approximately 200 nationwide;
  •   Provides access to land and housing to low- and moderate-income
      residents;
  •   Increases long-term community control of neighborhood resources;
  •   Empowers residents through involvement and participation in the
      organization; and
  •   Preserves the affordability of housing permanently.

  •   Learn more about CLT‟s at http://www.cltnetwork.org.




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    Q&A – COMMUNITY LAND
           TRUSTS

                                    Land is owned by the
                                    Community Land
                                    Trust, which is
                                    governed by a non-
                                    profit board.


                                                 A 99-year ground lease between
Buildings (residential or
                                                 CLT and owner ensures owner-
commercial) are owned
                                                 occupancy and responsible use
by individuals.
                                                 and outlines fees paid to the CLT.
Because they pay only
for the structure, and
not the underlying land,      A resale formula built in to
purchasing the building       the ground lease is designed
is more affordable.           to keep homes affordable for
                              subsequent buyers.


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    Q&A – Atlanta Land Trust
     Collaborative (ALTC):
             ALTC: Growing Communities Without Displacement

Three unique aspects of the Atlanta Land Trust Collaborative:
• It implements an affordable housing solution on the front end of a large-scale urban
   redevelopment project like the BeltLine.

•   The cross-section of public, private, non-profit and community partners engaged in its
    formation is unprecedented.
•
    It creates an innovative model for CLTs that balances the principle of community
    empowerment and the need for economies of scale and efficiency.

The Atlanta Land Trust Collaborative has reached a number of important milestones:

•   Incorporated in December 2009
•   Convened core board and approved by-laws in January 2010
•   Received $175,000 in funding from Home Depot, NCB Capital and the United Way of
    Metropolitan Atlanta
•   Designated AHAND as fiscal sponsor (501c3 application in process)
•   Identified NPU-V as location for first neighborhood-based CLT


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Q&A – COMMUNITY BENEFITS
       AGREEMENTS

• Legally enforceable contract between developers and impacted communities.

• Developer agrees to provide benefits to the community (e.g. hiring local
  residents, library set-asides, parks and open space, neighborhood input on
  design, etc.)

• Community agrees to support project through city approval processes. City may
  also provide direct and indirect public financing of project infrastructure.

• Enacted as part of the City of Atlanta BeltLine TAD Authorizing Ordinance and the
  BeltLine Community Participation Framework Resolution.

• Meetings are underway to define BeltLine-wide and neighborhood-specific
  community benefits.

• Contact Beth McMillan, Director of Community Engagement (404-588-5463,
  bmcmillan@atlbeltline.org) or Rukiya Eaddy, Community Engagement Advocate
  (404-614-8284, readdy@atlbeltline.org) for more information.

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              Q&A – EIS
      Environmental Study Process



  National Environmental
 Policy Act (NEPA) Tiering

   Expected completion of
 Tier I Analysis Spring 2010

   Contact: Nate Conable
       404-614-8315
  nconable@atlbeltline.org




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       Q&A – GDOT/AMTRAK


• In January 2009, GDOT and Amtrak, lacking funding and any specific plans to
  support their actions, attempted to block BeltLine progress by intervening in the
  abandonment process - claiming that the northeast portion of the BeltLine should
  be used for high speed and commuter rail.

• There was significant community opposition to their actions, which would destroy
  the BeltLine‟s ability to connect neighborhoods. Thousands of letters were written
  to our members of Congress, and a rally was held in Piedmont Park.

• At the request of Congressman Lewis and Senator Isakson, Amtrak came to
  Atlanta to discuss the situation with GDOT, ABI and other transit and planning
  agencies.

• A more appropriate alternative route for high speed and commuter rail was
  identified, and the BeltLine right-of-way was preserved for the exclusive use of the
  BeltLine.




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      Q&A – HISTORIC
      PRESERVATION
                                    Historic Preservation
                                Historic preservation is a key
                                component of the BeltLine.
                                Atlanta was built because of the
                                railroads, and the BeltLine is an
                                important part of this railroad history.
                                Historic properties include industrial
                                buildings, residences, parks, railroad
                                bridges, Civil War sites and more.
                                150 registered historic buildings and
                                sites. Many more are eligible.
                                21 registered historic districts. Many
                                more are eligible.
                                Tax incentives and grant money are
                                available for historic preservation.

                                GA DNR Historic Preservation
                                Division Contact: Leigh Burns
                                Community Planning Coordinator
                                leigh.burns@dnr.state.ga.us
                                404-651-5181

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  Q&A – HISTORIC FOURTH
        WARD PARK
                     • Two Parks; Park Master Plan adopted March 2009

                     • Phase I Under Construction – Open to Public Summer
                       2010; Includes 2 acre pond

                     • Phase II in Design – Construction to begin early 2010,
                       Open to Public December 2010




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      HOW ELSE CAN YOU BE
           INVOLVED?
Provide access to information channels that can help raise awareness about the
BeltLine


Invite the BeltLine Partnership to come speak to your employees


Partner with us to address social issues like economic displacement


Contribute to the BeltLine Capital Campaign


Assist the BeltLine Partnership in developing a grass-roots fundraising campaign


Offer technical expertise to Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.


Help build political and organizational coalitions of support for the BeltLine


Sponsor BeltLine special events


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 Q&A – COORDINATION WITH
 OTHER STUDIES AND PLANS
              BeltLine Planning is coordinated with previous and ongoing efforts
                   to incorporate their recommendations where appropriate.

              Atlanta Strategic Action Plan (Comprehensive Land Use Plan)
              The Connect Atlanta Plan (Comprehensive Transportation Plan )
              Project Greenspace
              Neighborhood and Corridor Plans
              Peachtree Corridor Streetcar
              Other TADs & Redevelopment strategies
              Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) Studies
              Atlanta Regional Commission 2030 Regional Transportation Plan
              (Envision6) and 2008-2013 Transportation Improvement program
              (TIP)
              Transit Planning Board (TPB) Studies and Initiatives
              GDOT Statewide Long Range Plan and Transportation Improvement
              Program (STIP)
              GDOT Project Prioritization Study

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       Q&A – PARTNERS
      Implementation Partners

      CITY OF ATLANTA DEPARTMENTS: Parks, Recreation & Cultural Affairs,
      Watershed Management, Public Works, Planning & Community Development, Law


      THE TRUST FOR PUBLIC LAND (TPL): National, nonprofit, land conservations
      organization helping acquire land for new BeltLine Parks. Sponsored The BeltLine
      Emerald Necklace, which introduced parks into the BeltLine vision.

      THE PATH FOUNDATION: Georgia nonprofit constructing BeltLine trails. Other
      PATH trails include The Silver Comet, Stone Mountain, Chastain Park, and
      Freedom Park.

          MARTA: Metropolitan Atlanta‟s regional transit authority has been a key
          partner in transit studies and feasibility analyses.

          TREES ATLANTA: Atlanta nonprofit citizens group dedicated to planting and
          conserving trees. Creators of the BeltLine arboretum.

          PIEDMONT PARK CONSERVANCY: Nonprofit organization working with the
          City of Atlanta for the preservation of Piedmont Park. Leading the North Woods
          expansion of Piedmont Park

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         Q&A – PARTNERS
         BeltLine TAD Sponsors

ATLANTA DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY: Agent for issuing Tax Allocation District
Bonds and Bond Anticipatory Notes.

ATLANTA CITY COUNCIL: Approves Tax Allocation District Bonds and Bond
Anticipatory Notes. Adopts all land-use and zoning plans. Approves all land
acquisitions.

FULTON COUNTY COMMISSION: Approved BeltLine Redevelopment Plan and
authorized use of Fulton County tax increment to finance BeltLine TAD bonds.

ATLANTA PUBLIC SCHOOLS BOARD: Approved BeltLine Redevelopment
Plan and authorized use of Atlanta Public School tax increment to finance
BeltLine TAD bonds. However, Georgia Supreme Court has ruled that school tax
increment cannot be used to finance TADs.




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         Q&A – PARTNERS
           Community Partners


•Atlanta Bicycle Coalition              •   Neighborhood Organizations
•Atlanta City Council                   •   Neighborhood Planning Units
•Atlanta Committee for Progress         •   Park Pride
•Atlanta Development Authority          •   Georgia Conservancy
•AHAND                                  •   Georgia Stand-Up
•Atlanta Planning Advisory Board        •   Philanthropic and Corporate
                                            Communities
•Atlanta Public School Board
                                        •   Sierra Club
•BeltLine Affordable Housing Advisory
Board (BAHAB)                           •   State of Georgia Agencies
•BeltLine Network                       •   Tax Allocation District Advisory
                                            Committee (TADAC)
•Capital Campaign Donors
                                        •   U.S. Federal Government Agencies
•disABILITY Link
                                        •   Your organization here…
•Fulton County
•Governor‟s Council on
Developmental Disabilities

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        Q&A – REAL ESTATE
           INCENTIVES

•   The BeltLine provides a great opportunity for developers to become involved
    in a vital part of Atlanta's growth.

•   The transit, parks and community improvements provided by the BeltLine TAD
    are appealing to investors and residents.

•   Financial Incentives
      o Economic development incentives targeted at identified redevelopment
        areas.

      o BeltLine Affordable Housing Trust Fund.

      o Brownfield incentives will be provided for remediation of hazardous sites.

      o Incentives for preservation of registered historic sites

•   For more information, contact James Alexander at Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. at
    jalexander@atlbeltline.org or 404-588-5472.


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            Q&A – SCHOOLS


        Proximity of Schools to the                  Benefits of BeltLine TAD to
                  BeltLine                             Atlanta Public Schools
      • 20 Atlanta Public Schools within ½ mile    • $150 million in direct payments to
        of the BeltLine                              Atlanta Public Schools throughout the
                                                     life of the TAD.
      • Connects major universities directly or
        via trails and MARTA                       • Up to $10 million for the development
                                                     of new recreational facilities and
      • Other Schools (Howard School,                athletic fields for Atlanta Public
        Crussell-Freeman School for the Blind)       Schools
                                                   • Developers receiving funding from
                                                     the economic incentive fund pay APS
                                                     $25,000 as a public school
                                                     partnership contribution.
                                                   • Subsidized transportation for APS
                                                     students.
                                                   • Affordable housing for teachers and
                                                     staff (no less than 15% of affordable
                                                     housing trust fund).
                                                   • APS representation on BeltLine
                                                     advisory boards
                                                   • Increased tax base after 25 years
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      Q&A – SECURITY

                           • Usage and surrounding development
                             creates more “eyes on the parks and
                             trails”, which is a deterrent to crime.

                           • Public safety departments (police, fire,
                             etc.) give input in to BeltLine plans.

                           • Hiking trails will be accessible by
                             mounted patrol

                           • The Act to Save Atlanta‟s Parks
                             (ASAP)! identifies concrete steps for
                             improving safety in all of Atlanta‟s
                             parks. It has been endorsed by many
                             organizations and elected officials.
                             Learn more at www.parkpride.org.

                           • BeltLine leaders recognize the
                             importance of this issue and are
                             working to develop strategies for
                             maintaining safety.
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   Q&A – SUPREME COURT
RULING AND TAD REFERENDUM
• On February 11th, 2008 the Georgia Supreme Court reversed the Fulton County
  Superior Court‟s validation of the BeltLine Tax Allocation District bonds, ruling
  that the use of school tax increment in Tax Allocation Districts violates the
  Educational Purpose Clause of the Georgia Constitution.

• The ruling affected only the school portion of tax increment (~$700 million net).
  The first $64.5 million was issued in October 2008 using the City and County
  portions of the tax increment, which were unaffected by the ruling.

• In November 2008, the voters of Georgia approved a constitutional referendum,
  with over 62% of Atlantans voting in favor, to allow school boards to participate in
  Tax Allocation Districts (TADs).

• The Georgia General Assembly re-enacted the Georgia Redevelopment Powers
  Law to enable the originally anticipated participation of all three partners in the
  BeltLine TAD- the City of Atlanta, Fulton County, and Atlanta Public Schools. HB
  63 was signed in to law on April 22, 2009.

• Atlanta Public Schools affirmed their full participation in the BeltLine TAD in June
  2009.
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            Q&A – TAXES


• There is not a separate “BeltLine Tax” on residents. The BeltLine Tax
  Allocation District (TAD) offers a way to use future tax funds to pay for
  investment in the BeltLine now.

• As more people want to live and work along the BeltLine, there will likely
  be upward pressure on land values and, therefore, property taxes.

• With or without the BeltLine, new development would put upward
  pressure on land values.

• Elected officials, not the BeltLine, set property tax policy.

• Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. and the BeltLine Partnership are taking steps to
  mitigate the potential economic displacement that could result from
  increased property taxes.




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        Q&A – TAX ALLOCATION
           DISTRICT (TAD)

          I-75                                   BeltLine Tax Allocation District
                                I-85
                                               • Adopted in 2005 by City of Atlanta,
                                                 Fulton County and Atlanta Public
                                                 Schools
                                               • 6,500 acre redevelopment area
                                                 (8% of City‟s land area, <3% of
                                                 City‟s tax digest when adopted)
                                               • More than $20 billion of new
                    I-75/85
                                                 economic development expected
 I-20
                                                 over 25 years
                                       I-20
                                               • Incremental tax revenues
                                                 generated by new development
                                                 help pay for the BeltLine
                                               • Expected to fund $1.7 billion of
                                                 $2.8 billion cost
                  I-75/85



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                Q&A – TAX ALLOCATION
                   DISTRICT (TAD)

                                                 How does the BeltLine TAD work?
                                                1. From 2005 through 2030, the City,
                                                   County, and Public Schools
                                                   receive the same amount of tax
                                                   revenue generated in 2005.
Tax Revenue




                                                2. As new development happens
                                                   because of the BeltLine, additional
                             2             3
                                                   tax revenue is generated. This
                                                   additional tax revenue helps pay
                                                   for the BeltLine.
                         1                      3. After 25 years, the City, County
                                                   and Public Schools receive all tax
                                                   revenue, which is higher than it
              2005                  2030
                                                   would have been without the
                                                   BeltLine.



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Q&A – TAX ALLOCATION
   DISTRICT (TAD)




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       Q&A – TRANSIT


                                   Light Rail/Street Car Transit
                     • Will run in existing rail corridors and streets.
                     • Can be crossed on foot.
                     • Frequent stops at small neighborhood stations
                       that include many amenities.
                     • Quieter than heavy rail or a diesel powered bus.
                     • Electric powered – no vehicle emissions.
                     • Enhances other regional transit systems by
                       linking into MARTA and Peachtree streetcar.
                     • Transit planning and acquisition of right of way is
                       underway.
                     • First transit leg could be constructed by 2015.
                     • MARTA and ABI are conducting an Environmental
                       Impact Statement (EIS). This is a prerequisite for
                       federal funding, and is used to determine right-of-
                       way, trail and rail alignment, and transit mode.


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Q&A – BELLWOOD QUARRY/
WESTSIDE RESERVOIR PARK
                           50 acre reservoir, 400 feet deep, 1.9 billion gallons
                           200+ acre park around reservoir
                           Piedmont Park - 185 acres
                           Grant Park - 131 acres

                           Views of reservoir and downtown Atlanta
                           Hiking and Biking trails around reservoir
                           Increases water reserve by 28 days
                           Purchased in June 2006
                           First part of park expected to open in 2010.




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