FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
HOW CAN I SUBMIT QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS?
The public review and comment period for draft reports and recommendations took place February 2 through March 15. Revised draft reports based on feedback during this time can be read on the "RESOURCES" page of this website. Questions or comments can be submitted anytime using a comment form on the “CONTACT US” tab of this website or by emailing FreightATL@AtlantaGa.Gov.
WHAT IS THE APPROVAL PROCESS FOR THE NORTHWEST ATLANTA INDUSTRIAL AREA FREIGHT STUDY?
The final plan, which presents the study’s key findings and recommendations, will be presented to Atlanta City Council and the Mayor for adoption and incorporation into the City’s Comprehensive Development Plan. The adoption process will require an amendment to the Comprehensive Development Plan to incorporate this plan by reference. We anticipate the adoption process to occur between May and July 2023.
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED IN THE STUDY?
You can learn more about past involvement opportunities under the “ENGAGEMENT ACTIVITIES” tab of this website. People participated virtually and in-person during our Walk & Talk Tours, Community Insight Sessions, Pop-up Events, Virtual Public Open Houses, and updates to Neighborhood Planning Units (NPUs), among others.
This project is being led by the City of Atlanta Department of City Planning It is being managed in partnership with the Atlanta Regional Commission, which oversees the regional freight cluster planning program. Assisting with the study is a team of consultants led by Gresham Smith, SB Friedman, and Alliance Strategies.
WHO IS CONDUCTING THIS STUDY?
WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE STUDY?
The purpose of the Freight ATL: Northwest Atlanta Industrial Area Freight Study is to address goods movement, traffic operations, and related planning needs in the industrial districts and surrounding neighborhoods in northwest Atlanta. The Department of City Planning is leading the study to ensure that Atlanta’s transportation system can sustain the area’s competitive industrial sector and high quality of life in the neighborhoods that support it. This means finding ways for industrial businesses and freight to coexist.
The result will be a plan recommending future policy changes and of projects that align with the goals and priorities of the 2017 Atlanta City Design, 2021 Comprehensive Development Plan, several small area
HOW IS THE STUDY BEING FUNDED?
The study is funded through a combination of federal grant dollars provided through the Atlanta Regional Commission (these cover 80% of the cost of the study) with local matching contributions provided by the City of Atlanta through Council Member Dustin Hillis (District 9) and Invest Atlanta, which collectively cover the remaining 20% of the cost of the study.
WHAT IS EXPECTED TO COME OUT OF THIS STUDY?
The project team will produce several technical reports on several subjects:
Trends, challenges, and best practices for freight planning and sustainable industrial development
Inventory and assessment of the transportation system and industrial freight transportation infrastructure
Industrial development and jobs analysis
The study will culminate in a final report that summarizes the various tasks, discusses the community and stakeholder engagement process, and provides recommendations based on the needs assessment and input from the City, ARC, key stakeholders, and community members. The final report will include a list of recommendations for infrastructure projects, potential policy changes, and other strategies or actions that the City can take to improve freight mobility and sustain a thriving industrial sector and high quality of life in neighborhoods of northwest Atlanta.
WHY STUDY FREIGHT MOBILITY?
Freight is essential to everyone – not just businesses. Nearly every item in your home, the food we eat, and the tools we use have all been delivered to us from locations near and far. Examples of freight cargo or goods include: groceries, electronics, apparel, furniture, appliances, medical supplies, fuel, and retail packages. We tend to think of freight as large and heavy tractor-trailers on the highway or freight trains, but nowadays, goods are delivered in smaller trucks, vans, or even on bikes. Freight mobility considered how these goods get to and from the places they are needed.
Northwest Atlanta is a complex and changing area – it includes a mix of residential, industrial, and commercial uses crisscrossed by truck routes, freight rail, transit lines, and local and regional roads, highways, and existing and proposed future multi-use paths. The proximity and mixing of industry with residential and commercial uses can lead to conflicts and unwanted freight traffic in neighborhoods. Industrial activity within this area is vital to the economic competitiveness of Atlanta and the region. Maintaining a high quality of life for residents and employees of the area is equally important. Therefore, identifying ways for freight, industrial businesses, residential, and commercial areas to coexist is fundamental to this study.
HOW WILL RECOMMENDATIONS OR IMPROVEMENTS BE FUNDED?
Sources of funding have not yet been allocated. Once the recommendations have been finalized, the City of Atlanta will work with partner agencies to identify and secure funding as needed to advance projects and other types of strategies, according to local priorities and opportunities. There are a variety of potential sources of funding that could be used – they will vary widely depending upon what types of recommendations come out of the study.