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.

Decatur Diary | November 6, 2019

Ramp Up Begins for Decatur’s 2020 Strategic Plan: You can help!

Many of you were among the nearly 1,500 Decatur residents of all ages and backgrounds who contributed time and ideas to the Strategic Plan that has guided City policy, planning, projects and budgets since 2010. Now it’s time to look towards our next ten years with Destination:2030...

Decatur Diary | October 18, 2019

Recommendations Emerge as Stormwater Master Planning Process Wraps Up

For just over a year, Decatur residents have been working with the city and its consultant team on a new Stormwater Master Plan addressing the infrastructure needs of Decatur’s next two decades. On Wednesday, October 16, the fruits of that work began to emerge as key aspects of the draft plan were presented...

Decatur Diary | October 11, 2019

Final Stormwater Master Plan Meeting Wednesday the 16th

For the past year, Decatur residents, city staff, and a project consultant team have been working through stormwater issues as part of updating the city's Stormwater Master Plan.

On Wednesday, October 16 from 6-8pm at the Decatur Recreation Center, we'll finally have opportunity to review the draft plan and its proposed projects, policies, and priorities addressing stormwater concerns and improving stormwater management throughout the city. The meeting will begin with a brief presentation after which attendees can review the recommendations and provide feedback to the team via stations around the room...

Decatur Diary | September 25, 2019

Additional Stormwater Modeling Results Now Available

If you attended July’s Stormwater Academy meeting, you learned about initial results from the model of the City’s stormwater infrastructure. As part of the year-long effort to update the City's Stormwater Master Plan, the model allows the planning team to simulate storm events to identify where the capacity of the infrastructure may be deficient...

Decatur Diary | August 28, 2019

Last Opportunity for Stormwater Master Plan Input

Over the past year, Decatur residents have joined together with city staff and their AECOM consultant team to discuss all aspects of stormwater management in Decatur. They’ve kicked off the process, explored infrastructure via an Oakhurst walking tour, discussed regulations and options, considered approaches, and set priorities for evaluating potential projects.

The end goal? An updated master plan detailing the city’s stormwater objectives and initiatives for the next two decades...

Decatur Diary | August 5, 2019

Input Provided as Stormwater Master Plan Moves Forward

Imagine being handed a list of 50 projects — some big, some small — and being tasked with prioritizing them. By what criteria would you do so? Easiest ones first? Preference for those benefitting the most people? By cost?

Such was the case Tuesday evening, July 30, as Decatur residents gathered for the final public input session of the city’s year-long Stormwater master planning process. Up for consideration was how, when facing the many recommended projects expected within the final plan, the city should determine which to tackle first...

Decatur Diary | July 29, 2019

Don’t Forget: Stormwater meeting Tuesday evening, 6-8pm

Make plans now to join us for the next in our series of Stormwater Master Plan meetings, Tuesday, July 30, from 6-8pm at the Decatur Recreation Center (231 Sycamore Street). Everyone’s welcome...

Decatur Diary | July 10, 2019

Save the Date: Stormwater meeting to set project priorities

For nearly a year now, residents have been coming together with the city and its AECOM consultant team to help map out a Stormwater Master Plan to carry us through the next decade.

You’re invited to join us for the next in this series of meetings, Tuesday, July 30, from 6-8pm at the Decatur Recreation Center (231 Sycamore Street). Everyone’s welcome...

Decatur Diary | May 6, 2019

Open House Explores Stormwater Approaches: Residents chime in

A steady stream of residents filtered through the Legacy Park dining hall Wednesday night, May 1, reviewing key stormwater challenges identified during the current master planning process, and evaluating approaches for overcoming them...

Decatur Diary | April 30, 2019

Reminder: Stormwater Master Plan Meeting Tomorrow Night, 6-8pm

Decatur neighbors are reminded to join us, Wednesday, May 1, from 6-8pm for the next in our series of meetings to develop Decatur’s updated Stormwater Master Plan. The meeting will be held in the Legacy Park Dining Hall at 500 S. Columbia Drive. Everyone’s welcome...
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