Long Range Planning


March | 2024

Mission Statement

To advance a long range vision of a livable, equitable, sustainable, beautiful, and prosperous DeKalb County through the implementation of adopted plans, policies, and partnerships. 

March 2024 Newsletter

Welcome to our latest newsletter! We have some exciting updates regarding some of our projects, as well as information regarding upcoming events.

In this edition, we recap some events held in February, as well as provide information regarding upcoming opportunities for the community.

Key Dates

Discover how your Energy is Regulated: DeKalb's Clean Energy Plan

March 16, 2024, 3 PM - 5 PM

Hairston Crossing Library

Reserve your Spot

Indian Creek TOD Final Community Meeting

March 30, 2024, 10 AM - 12 PM

Electric Owl Studio

Forest Restoration in Legacy Park

April 26, 2024, 9 AM - 12 PM

Reserve your Spot

Indian Creek TOD Final Community Meeting

The Indian Creek Station Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Master Plan is an opportunity to transform the end-of-line station into a transit-oriented community that connects people to opportunity, drives sustainable community development, and promotes regional prosperity.

A final public meeting is being held on Saturday, March 30th at the Electric Owl Studios from 10 AM to 12 PM. Stay tuned for more information to come on the Indian Creek TOD webpage below.

Indian Creek TOD Webpage
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Public Art on Candler Road

Public art is being planned along Candler Road between I-285 and Memorial Drive. Several catalytic possibilities are underway or are expected to begin soon along the corridor, making it the perfect location for a public art focus. 

The period of community engagement is currently closed for the Public Art on Candler project. The team are currently reviewing community feedback.

Stay tuned for future updates!

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Watch the Recording Here


Discover How Your Utility is Regulated

Date: Saturday, March 16th

Time: 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Location: Hairston Crossing Library (4911 Redan Rd, Stone Moutain, 30088)

The Public Service Commission (PSC) regulates the monopoly utility and has a system for public input. Citizen activists are encouraged to attend to understand how they may influence the PSC board members and staff. Clean energy industry members will be able to provide input on the plan and recommendations for county actions toward a clean energy future.

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Arbor Day - EMBARC Tree Planting Recap

On February 24, 2024, the DeKalb County Recreation, Parks, and Cultural Affairs Department celebrated Georgia Arbor Day at Rock Chapel Park II, Home of the E.M.B.A.R.C. Community Youth Farm. The trees for this year's planting were provided by a partnership between DeKalb County Planning and Sustainability and Trees Atlanta's ReLeaf DeKalb. Ahead of the tree planting event, Park Naturalist Jennifer McLaurin met with Trees Atlanta's Angela McTigue, Plant Healthcare Coordinator - ISA Certified Arborist, to ensure the correct trees were selected to help reduce noise, beautification, and increase wildlife habitat.

Planting trees correctly takes experience and education. Angela McTigue and Dave Long, Urban and Community Specialist - ISA Arborist from the Georgia Forestry Commission, conducted a tree planting demonstration on the correct planting depth, watering, and mulching requirements for the 20 trees planted that day.

The Youth Farm staff will maintain trees for the first two years and receive a yearly site visit from Trees Atlanta—a special thanks to the following groups who supported the event. The volunteer groups consisted of over 45 people from GALEO, a non-profit organization based in Atlanta, Georgia, 2819 Church, E.M.B.A.R.C. Youth Farm Garden volunteers, and the DeKalb County District Attorney's Office Lisa M. Moultrie, Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney's STRIDE Program, DeKalb County Department of Planning & Sustainability Kathy Reed, Sustainability Coordinator, Commissioner Lorraine Cochran Johnson – Super District 7 - Chief of Staff Dr. Leah Davis and DeKalb Health & Wellness Coordinator, Michelle Walldorff. 

Georgia Arbor Day is commemorated on the third Friday of February, and the reason for that planting date is that the best time to plant trees in Georgia is between November and mid-March. This allows them to become established in their new environment before the summer heat sets in.

EMBARC Youth Farm Webpage
EMBARC Youth Farm Events

Demystify your Energy Bill - Event Recap

On February 6, 2024, Southface Institute hosted its 3rd community meeting as part of the new DeKalb County Energy Plan. The event informed community members of how they can not only save money on their energy bills but how to educate themselves on reading their energy bills.

Watch a recording of the presentation as well as that of previous Climate Champion Meetings here: Past Events — Clean Energy DeKalb

DeKalb Clean Energy Website

Stay Informed

Engage DeKalb

Stay up to date with all projects our team is working on. From Zoning Ordinances to Revitalization Projects, you can not only get the latest information, but provide feedback and help share the future of these projects.

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Memorial Drive Revitalization

The DeKalb County Department of Planning and Sustainability is undertaking a process to enhance the long-term economic viability of the Memorial Drive corridor. Updates will be posted as they come!

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Georgia BRIGHT

The Georgia BRIGHT program offers a solution to homeowners through discounted solar leasing. Applications close on April 08, 2024. Find out more information and apply below!

Find out More Here!

ALERT: MARTA Airport Station

MARTA RIDER ALERT! Plan ahead when taking MARTA to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Allow 30 extra minutes for travel.

The MARTA Airport Station will be closed from April 8, 2024, to May 19, 2024. 

Follow signs to shuttle between College Park Station and the airport, running daily 4 a.m. – 2 a.m.

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ALERT: MARTA East Lake Station

See MARTA’s renewed focus on Service, Experience, and Expansion or SEE.

SEE improved accessibility and safety at East Lake Station as MARTA replaces the north pedestrian bridge.  

The north pedestrian bridge and north parking lot at East Lake Station will be CLOSED from March 15 to October 2024 for construction. Customers must use the south parking lot and south pedestrian bridge. Station Soccer will remain open. 

Project Page and Information
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