Welcome to the information hub for the Downtown Fayetteville Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) Study. This important project will build upon past studies and plans that our community members have contributed to for our Downtown. Ultimately, the study will advance previous work to the next level by establishing the tools we have been missing to achieve our Downtown vision.
The resulting study product will be focused on activating public and private investment in our downtown through three key items for our town center district:
A revisited district boundary,
New design guidelines, and
Updated zoning and development code that enables and inspires private and public investors to invest to achieve our downtown vision.
How is this study different from previous work?
This project is implementation focused! We will begin by investigating related work done to date, asking what works and what does not, and identifying new approaches or ideas.
The key difference is that this study is focused on realizing our vision by establishing the tools we need to activate private development and help guide related public investment. These tools include a refreshed downtown boundary, new design guidelines, and zoning and land development regulations that inspire the private sector to reinvest in our downtown.
How can I get involved?
The project includes two phases:
Phase 1: Ending in January 2021, this phase focused on the evaluation of existing studies and conditions as well as connecting with community members and implementation partners to gather preliminary thoughts and listen. Thanks to everyone that participated in the photo scavenger hunt and signed up for project updates.
Phase 2: Beginning in February 2021, this phase focuses on building the tools to implement our vision. A two-day virtual charrette was held February 11th and 12th. Participants shared input on areas to preserve and change as well as perspectives on future land uses, Downtown access and mobility, and open space. In February and March, a community survey was distributed to better understand priorities and preferences for Downtown. To see the results, select the "Get Involved" page to view our survey summary. We are currently drafting our recommendations and will return for public feedback on draft study products in early summer via our Planning Commission.
What about COVID?
We will be working hard to be as inclusive and creative as possible to have safe engagement throughout this effort. As a result, we will be holding meetings virtually when it makes sense but also offer some socially distant ways for community members to participate and have their voice heard.
Who is funding and leading the work?
This project is the result of a competitive Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) matching grant, administered by the Atlanta Regional Commission. The LCI program seeks to improve accessibility, expand mixed uses, and create community areas that allow for multiple ways of getting around. The program encourages well-connected design, facilities and infrastructure for bikes and pedestrians, and keeping human scale as we re-invent community gathering areas.
The project is being led by the Fayetteville Community and Economic Development Department with close collaboration with the City Manager, Communications Department, and the Consultant Team, led by HKS and supported by PEC, Office of Design, NV5, Noelle Consulting Group, and Blue Cypress Consulting.
An Integrated Approach
Downtown is a complex area where people live, work and congregate. Our effort will focus on gaining a solid understanding of the following and, in turn, integrating each of these elements meaningfully and purposefully into the process and end product.
Existing Conditions – What is going on today in downtown? What do past plans tell us?
Community Engagement – What is most important to the community and stakeholders? How can we ensure those values are integral to implementation tools?
Market Analysis – What land uses will the market support in our town center? How does that align with our demographics and goals?
Streets and Mobility – How do we make the public right of way useful and welcoming to bikers, cyclists, pedestrians, and cars? How is that accomplished on public and private property?
Zoning – How do we adjust our land use regulations to inspire the private sector to action, facilitate public investment, and achieve our Downtown vision?
Design Guidelines – How do we maintain a sense of place while propelling creative ideas as redevelopment and development occur?