Decatur Next

Our Commitment

A Decades-Long Work in Progress

Marta Opens Decatur Station

Completed 1979

Marta Opens Decatur Station
As proposals emerge for massive redevelopment, citizen concerns generate creation of the Downtown Redevelopment Task Force.
Redevelopment Task Force

1980-1982

Redevelopment Task Force
Public input sessions propel new visioning effort and result in creation of the Town Center Plan.
Town Center Plan

Adopted 1982

Town Center Plan
With formal adoption, the Town Center Plan charts a new course for downtown, becoming the basis for Decatur's renaissance.
One Town Center Comes Online

Completed 1985

One Town Center Comes Online
The Town Center Plan's first tangible outcome emerges with construction of a new downtown office building.
Restaurant Renaissance

Beginning 1987

Restaurant Renaissance
Entrepreneurial investment in downtown establishes the local business community as key implementation partners.
Downtown Hotel and Convention Center

Completed 1988

Downtown Hotel and Convention Center
Unique public-private partnership makes good on key Town Center Plan directive.
Ponce Plaza Offices Open

Completed 1991

Ponce Plaza Offices Open
Deft negotiating by the DDA finds a common ground solution with developer.
Streetscape Enhancements

Funded 1993

Streetscape Enhancements
New sources of funding launches years of downtown streetscape improvements.
Bus Relocation and Bandstand

Completed 1996

Bus Relocation and Bandstand
Livability takes a big step forward with key enhancements to the downtown Marta station and surrounding area.
CVS Development Challenges Assumptions

Completed 1998

CVS Development Challenges Assumptions
Development proposal reveals weaknesses in the city's downtown vision and spurs revisions for more predictable results.
Ice House Lofts Open

Completed 1999

Ice House Lofts Open
Creative design overcomes an ideological impasse with the U.S. Department of the Interior and brings the city's first new apartments in ten years online.
2000’s Ten Year Strategic Plan

1999-2000

2000’s Ten Year Strategic Plan
Residents and businesses unite to address conflict and chart a new course forward.
Towne Square Condos Open

Completed 2000

Towne Square Condos Open
Downtown's first residential development sets the standard for a whole new neighborhood.
Title Acquired to Depot

Acquired 2001

Title Acquired to Depot
Creative partnering saves a community landmark, then slowly brings it back to life.
Avondale Station Area Plan

Completed 2002

Avondale Station Area Plan
Transit-oriented neighborhood master plan builds upon the success of the city’s on-going revitalization efforts
SunTrust Building Replaces Parking Lot

Completed 2004

SunTrust Building Replaces Parking Lot
A willingness to compromise on both sides fosters redevelopment of key downtown parcel.
Renaissance Condos Open

Completed 2005

Renaissance Condos Open
Innovative structural design transforms existing parking deck into new, mixed-use building.
Comprehensive Plan

Updated 2005

Comprehensive Plan
State mandated policy document provides for a midterm check-up of our larger strategic goals and accomplishments.
335 W. Ponce Condos Open

Completed 2005

335 W. Ponce Condos Open
West Ponce's Deco/Modern past is augmented with a new, mixed-use, postmodern project.
Artisan Condos Open

Completed 2006

Artisan Condos Open
Signature project furthers downtown housing through redevelopment of surface parking lot at key intersection.
2007 Transportation Plan

Completed 2007

2007 Transportation Plan
Ambitious 2007 plan gets Decatur on the move, with equal focus on mobility, access, choice, and health.
Cultural Arts Master Plan

Completed 2010

Cultural Arts Master Plan
Arts-minded residents work with city to examine and leverage assets citywide.
2010’s Ten Year Strategic Plan

2010-2011

2010’s Ten Year Strategic Plan
City residents and businesses repeat and build upon the success of 2000's Strategic Plan, completing a new blueprint for the coming decade.
Zoning Task Force

Convened 2011

Zoning Task Force
Resident-led committee addresses areas where city ordinances fail to support the Strategic Plan.
Environmental Sustainability Plan

Adopted 2012

Environmental Sustainability Plan
Decatur gets green with a hard look at sustainability goals.
Unified Development Ordinance

2013-2015

Unified Development Ordinance
Extensive community process picks up where Zoning Task Force left off.
Place on Ponce Opens

Completed 2015

Place on Ponce Opens
Long pursued project leads the pack in new, downtown rental housing.
Better Together

Accepted 2015

Better Together
Expansive community conversation generates ideas for making Decatur a more fair, welcoming, and inclusive city.
Alexan 1133 Opens

Completed 2016

Alexan 1133 Opens
Residential building fills key hole in Commerce Drive streetscape.
The ARLO Opens

Completed 2016

The ARLO Opens
For-rent trend continues, adding to the diversity of the city’s residential offerings.
Comprehensive Plan

Updated 2016

Comprehensive Plan
State mandated policy document provides for a midterm check-up of our larger strategic goals and accomplishments.
PATH Connectivity Plan

Adopted 2016

PATH Connectivity Plan
Collaborative plan sets out to improve walking and biking as viable modes of transportation citywide.
2018 Transportation Plan

Adopted 2018

2018 Transportation Plan
Keeping Decatur mobile in an era of growth and change.
East Lake MARTA Master Plan

ADOPTED 2018

East Lake MARTA Master Plan
Transformative, transit-oriented plan for long underutilized station area emerges from lengthy community process.
Decatur Housing Summit

CONVENED 2018

Decatur Housing Summit
Day-long event, months in the planning, puts focus on housing affordability.
Legacy Park Master Plan

Adopted 2018

Legacy Park Master Plan
Community participation lays out long-term goals for the city's new, 77-acre green jewel.
Legacy Park Housing Plan

Adopted 2019

Legacy Park Housing Plan
Additional efforts put finer point on Legacy Park affordability ambitions.

Decatur Diary | January 11, 2022

Reminder: Stormwater Drainage Project Meetings Begin Tonight

Decatur residents, particularly those in the project areas detailed below, are reminded that the City’s Stormwater Drainage Project listening sessions begin tonight at Legacy Park, Dining Hall, 500 S. Columbia Drive from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm. The meetings are an opportunity for the City to hear from affected or interested residents in each neighborhood. Such input will form the basis for the subsequent design of interventions to address stormwater issues in those areas.

Tonight’s meeting will cover North Decatur Road, Superior Avenue, Willow Lane, and Ferndale Drive. Details on our remaining meetings can be found in this post...

Decatur Diary | December 15, 2021

Stormwater Drainage Projects Seek Residential Input

During its October 18, 2021 meeting, the Decatur City Commission approved moving forward with the recommendations contained within the City of Decatur 2020 Stormwater Master Plan, following implementation strategies presented on August 16. The first four of these stormwater improvement projects are now scheduled to begin...

Decatur Diary | November 24, 2021

Planters Revisited! Time to discuss the future of West Howard Avenue

Want to play a pivotal role in Decatur’s long-running West Howard Avenue planters saga? Now’s your chance.

Make plans now to join city staff, together with the planning team of Landis Evans & Partners and Atkins North America, on Thursday, December 9, between 4:30-7:30pm for Re-Imagine West Howard – The SEQUEL!...

Decatur Diary | September 7, 2021

Tree Canopy Ordinance Revisions to be Considered

The City Commission will be considering revisions to the City’s tree canopy conservation ordinance in the coming months. Changes under review will include additional protection for trees located on single-family residential, townhome and multiple-family residential properties, and new requirements for commercial developments...

Decatur Diary | March 5, 2021

Atlanta Ave. Railroad Crossing: Public comments answered

Public comments supplied during December’s Atlanta Avenue rail crossing Virtual Open House and Workshop or via email thereafter, together with responses from the project team, are now available for review...

Decatur Diary | February 22, 2021

With Storm Water Master Plan Complete, What’s Next?

In December 2020, the City Commission concluded two years of community engagement with their adoption of a new Storm Water Master Plan (SWMP).  The plan details our community intentions for mitigating flooding, solving existing drainage problems, and improving water quality and quality of life in Decatur...

Decatur Diary | December 14, 2020

Community Gathers Online to Help Shape Atlanta Ave. RR Crossing

A Virtual Open House and Workshop for the railroad crossing improvements at Atlanta Avenue was held on Wednesday, December 9, 2020...

Decatur Diary | December 11, 2020

Storm Water Master Plan Adopted by Decatur City Commission

In a unanimous vote, Decatur’s City Commission adopted the city’s updated Storm Water Master Plan at their Monday, December 7, 2020 meeting. The action completes over two years of community participation and input...

Decatur Diary | December 7, 2020

2020 Strategic Planning Process Talks Housing this Thursday

The second of four Decatur 202 Zoom discussions — this time on housing affordability — is scheduled for 4-6 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 10. Make sure you’re plugged into the conversation by registering here...

Decatur Diary | December 3, 2020

City Commission to Consider Stormwater Master Plan Adoption, Monday, Dec. 7

Over two years of community effort comes to a close Monday night, December 7 at 7:30pm, as Decatur's City Commission considers the now updated Storm Water Master Plan for adoption.  The Commission meeting will be held virtually...
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