Town Center Area Community Improvement District

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Town Center Area Community Improvement District
Not-for-Profit
Industry Transportation, Community Improvement
Founded 1997
Headquarters Atlanta, Georgia
Key people
Mason Zimmerman, Chairman of the Board
Number of employees
Five (2010)
Website http://tcacid.com

Town Center Area Community Improvement District (TCACID) is a self-taxing district in unincorporated Cobb, the TCACID region is an area of 6.25 square miles, lying roughly within Cobb Parkway to the west, Chastain Road and McCollum Parkway to the north, Bells Ferry Road to the east, and Barrett Parkway to the south. The Town Center Area CID, was established in 1997 to promote infrastructure improvements. In 2000, a resolution was passed at the annual meeting to expand the purposes of the TCACID, allowing the CID to provide additional services and facilities for parks and recreation areas, as well as land use planning, development and improvement consistent with Cobb County’s coordinated and comprehensive planning.

A seven-member board[1] of directors governs the TCACID. The property owners elect six directors and the Cobb County Board of Commissioners appoints the seventh director. The board elects its own officers annually.

The commercial properties in the TCACID pay an additional 5 mills on their property tax to advance road projects, sidewalks and other improvements to provide accessibility and mobility within the Town Center area. The TCACID has a six-year life span and is currently in its third term (2009-2015).

Revenue for the TCACID is based on the Cobb County Tax digest.

The TCACID completed a Master Plan, the Roadmap,[2] in 2004 and updated the plan in 2006. The plan integrates transportation, land use, market conditions, and implementation guidelines for the Town Center Area.

Also completed in 2004, and is currently being updated, is a Livable Center Initiative (LCI) study, called Supurb.[3] The LCI study is funded through the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) for local jurisdictions to develop transportation-efficient land use plans that promote development and redevelopment in regional activity centers.

History

The Town Center Area Community Improvement District was founded upon the basis of Article 9, Section VII of the Georgia Constitution.[4] One of the oldest CIDs, the TCACID was established in 1997. It is now in its third six-year term (2009-2015).

The TCACID supports local-area improvements through public-private partnerships. In 2000, its scope was expanded from primarily a focus on transportation, to one also providing for park and recreation areas and facilities, plus land-use planning, development and improvement

The TCACID continues to provide significant funding for major improvements to the area, through projects that often qualify for other sources of funding once initiated locally. To date, the TCACID has been able to leverage some $30 million in funding to advance as much as $100 million in transportation and quality of life projects by working closely with local, state and federal organizations.

TCACID Projects

  • The project basically reconnects old Big Shanty Road, which was divided by the creation of I75, providing an alternative route to the Chastain Road.[5]
  • The Noonday Creek Multi-use trail is a continuation of the existing Mountain to River trail that currently ends at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.[6]
  • The TCACID began a mission several years ago to install Wayfinding signs to assist vehicles and pedestrians in finding their way into and around the area.[7]
  • Landscape Enhancements and Beautification in and by the TCACID[8]
  • This proposed project is a new bridge over I-75 that connects Frey Road to Busbee Drive just north of Chastain Road. A roundabout is proposed at the intersection of the Skip Spann Connector and Busbee Drive.[9]
  • South Barrett Reliever between Barrett Lakes Boulevard and Chastain Meadows Parkway[10]

References

  1. ^ TCACID Seven member board
  2. ^ TCACID Roadmap
  3. ^ TCACID Supurb
  4. ^ Constitution of the State of Georgia
  5. ^ "Big Shanty Connector" (PDF). Town Center Area Community Improvement District web site. 2012-06-01. 
  6. ^ "Noonday Creek Trail". Town Center Area Community Improvement District web site. 2012-12-01. 
  7. ^ "Wayfinding Program" (PDF). Town Center Area Community Improvement District web site. 2013-05-01. 
  8. ^ "Landscape Maintenance" (PDF). Town Center Area Community Improvement District web site. 2013-06-28. 
  9. ^ "Skip Spann Connector". Cobb County Government web site. 2013-04-16. 
  10. ^ "South Barrett Parkway Reliever" (PDF). Town Center Area Community Improvement District web site. 2013-06-28. 

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