The Atlanta Regional Commission recently awarded the City of Woodstock a $176,000 grant for the Highway 92 Development Standards Study that seeks to create a new set of development standards along Highway 92. The goal is to pave the way for future economic growth through intuitive, user-friendly standards, intentional architectural design, incorporation of affordable/diverse housing options, and improved walkability. This study will also include a Housing Rehabilitation Program Strategy to retain legacy residents and preserve affordable housing resources.

Upon completion of the study, the City of Woodstock will be eligible to apply for federal transportation funding for projects like corridor improvements and pedestrian infrastructure to bring the vision to life. Woodstock was one of ten communities across metro Atlanta to receive a grant. Other communities included the Atlanta Airport, and Upper Westside, and Cumberland Community Improvement Districts (CIDs), the cities of Fairburn, Lawrenceville, Sandy Springs, and Stone Mountain, the town of Tyrone, and Douglas County.

“This year’s LCI grant recipients demonstrate how innovative and bold thinking can transform communities and improve quality of life across the Atlanta region,” said Samyukth Shenbaga, Managing Director of Community Development at ARC. “We look forward to assisting this year's recipients as they pursue their community visions and move metro Atlanta towards a more equitable and resilient future.”

The LCI program was created in 1999 by ARC to help the region’s communities envision and build healthy, mixed-use, mixed-income developments that help reduce vehicle miles traveled and improve air quality. The program is recognized as a national best practice for how metropolitan planning organizations can lead efforts to alleviate transportation concerns while improving overall quality of life.