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 | March 19, 2019

Construction Begins in April on Commerce Drive Cycle Track

The Decatur City Commission has awarded a contract for construction of the Commerce Drive Cycle Track to Lewallen Construction Company. Work is expected to begin in April and may last up to a year...

Decatur Diary | January 25, 2019

Residents Discuss Stormwater Regulations and Options

As if to reinforce the point, heavy storms again rolled through Wednesday evening as an enthusiastic group of Decatur neighbors gathered at the Rec Center to discuss stormwater regulations.

Their collective input, in a nutshell: Give us options and clarity...

Decatur Diary | January 22, 2019

Reminder: Stormwater Regulations Meeting Tomorrow Night

The Decatur community is reminded to join city staff and the project consultant team Wednesday, January 23, from 6 to 8pm as we continue our deep dive on city stormwater issues, specifically those associated with existing and potential regulations...

Decatur Diary | January 10, 2019

January 23 Stormwater Meeting Offers Deep Dive on Regulations (and Possibilities)

Those who live or work in Decatur are invited to join us, Wednesday, January 23, from 6 to 8pm as we continue our deep dive on city stormwater issues, specifically those associated with existing and potential regulations.

Find everything at the Decatur Recreation Center, 231 Sycamore Street...

Decatur Diary | December 14, 2018

Leaving a Legacy: Adopted UMCH Master Plan Now Available

Almost two years to the day from when city leaders first authorized negotiations towards purchase of the 77 acre United Methodist Children’s Home property, a community-driven master plan for the site — adopted unanimously by the City Commission at their December 3, 2018 meeting — is now in place...

Decatur Diary | December 13, 2018

Housing Summit Efforts Continue with Commission Work Session

Maintaining the momentum of November’s Housing Summit, planning department intern Andre’ Westbrook will address the City Commission in an open-to-the-public work session on Monday, December 17, at 6:15pm to present on what occurred over the course of the day-long event, highlight some of the presenters’ topics, and share the recommendations that surfaced from table activities...

Decatur Diary | October 22, 2018

Stormwater Walking Tour Explores Real World Scenarios in Oakhurst

A small, conversational group of interested residents turned out last Thursday, October 18 from 8-10am, for a walk around Oakhurst. Their mission? Exploring stormwater issues...

Decatur Diary | October 12, 2018

Stormwater Walking Tour to Provide Closer Look at Challenges and Opportunities

Join representatives of the city and its Stormwater Master Plan consultant team Thursday, October 18 from 8-10am for a walking tour of the Oakhurst neighborhood. Participants will explore stormwater situations faced by residents, discuss successes, and envision potential strategies and solutions for the future...

Decatur Diary | October 3, 2018

City of Decatur to Host Housing Summit: Everyone’s invited

The City of Decatur invites the community to contribute to a conversation on inclusive and affordable housing, Saturday, November 10, 2018 from 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. in the Manuel J. Maloof Auditorium, 1300 Commerce Drive, Decatur.

The day-long Summit will help attendees establish a shared understanding of Decatur’s housing context, define the often subjective term affordability as it relates to Decatur, explore viable approaches and strategies, and conclude with ways for all participants to be a part of local solutions...

Decatur Diary | October 2, 2018

Capacity Crowd Talks Stormwater: Join the conversation now

As if on cue, an epic downpour welcomed participants to last week’s kick-off meeting for Decatur’s forthcoming Stormwater Master Plan, as nearly a hundred people turned out to discuss stormwater management, help identify problem areas throughout the city, and chart pathways to long-term solutions...
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