The City of Doraville’s Downtown Master Plan, an LCI Study, received an award forOutstanding Planning Document – Large Community at the Georgia Planning Association’s (GPA) Fall Conference last week.  The September 30th awards ceremony concluded GPA’s three day conference in Savannah.

The GPA is an official Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA).  GPA is 1,000-plus member organization of professional planners and planning officials who serve Georgia’s communities in many ways, at all levels of government, the private sector and non-profit organizations.

GPA awards communities both small and large.  In addition to Outstanding Planning Document, categories include: Outstanding Planning ProcessOutstanding Plan ImplementationOutstanding Educational ToolOutstanding Initiative; Outstanding Student Project; Great Places in Georgia (Public Spaces); Grassroots Initiative
and the Distinguished Leadership Award.

The 2010 Downtown Doraville Master Plan was a seven month, long-term community planning process that focused on a 689 acre study area, which included the New Peachtree/ Shallowford Road corridor, the section of Buford Highway between I-285 and Shallowford Road, the GM property and areas north and west of the former assembly plant.

The subject of the study focused primarily on the GM plant redevelopment and transportation connectivity to and from the site.  In addition to communicating a community’s vision, goals and aspirations, transportation projects identified in LCI studies are eligible for federal transportation funding.

The entire study can be downloaded at