Comp Plan: Upcoming Opportunity for Community Input

The next major public participation event is coming up soon, at the end of January.  We hope you can attend, as they will be an important opportunity to speak out for neighborhood protection and enhancement. These “STEP Growth Framework” meetings will use mapping exercises to determine where and how growth should occur, based on four growth strategies: ▪  Strengthen:  Places to strengthen include mostly built-out areas which may need additional investment or support to meet Read more…

Community Engagement and Participation

Update: August 25, 2023 ATN Committee Members:  Jeff Blair, Rahni Spencer, and Rosa Morgan Jeff reported the committee had another productive meeting with city representatives, Ashley Edwards (Neighborhood Affairs), Artie White (Planning), and John Reddick (Growth Management).  This meeting focused on questions the city staff raised in the previous meeting regarding whether the process was policy or guidelines, whether it applied to just public projects or included private developments, and what triggers could be identified Read more…

Northwood Centre Redevelopment

The redevelopment of the old Northwood Mall offers tremendous opportunities for community development. In addition to the to-be-built police headquarters, ATN believes the city should retain the property for community use and make a master plan with the help of a recognized expert in public-oriented, community development master planning to work with Tallahassee-Leon County planning staff.  1/22/24 Update: Current ATN Site Proposal Here is ATN’s current proposal following recent design/development conversations with various city departments and Read more…

What should replace TPD HQ near Lake Ella? City should ask public for ideas

Your Turn published in the Tallahassee Democrat on 12/1/21. When the Tallahassee Police Department vacates its current site on East Seventh Avenue, the city will have a unique opportunity to plan an entire publicly owned block adjacent to Lake Ella and in the heart of Midtown.  Lake Ella, with its unique shops, inviting lakeside walk and old trees is a gem and a destination for people from all over the city. Midtown, bordering several in-town neighborhoods, Read more…

ATN Letter of Appreciation

July 12, 2021 Dear Mayor and Commissioners: On behalf of the Alliance of Tallahassee Neighborhoods (ATN), thank you for your recent actions supporting our neighborhoods.  The Compatibility Ordinance made significant changes to site design standards to better protect single family residential areas from incompatible development.  The Neighborhood Bill of Rights policy reaffirms the City’s intent to keep neighborhoods informed of City actions that may affect them.  Lastly, the Growth Management Department is implementing changes to Read more…

Blueprint Board Review of Welaunee Boulevard Extension

Letter to Blueprint Board from ATN;; Re:  Blueprint Board Review of Welaunee Boulevard Extension Preliminary and Engineering Study on May 27 After the adoption of the Welanuee Master Plan, the Alliance of Tallahassee Neighborhoods recommended strategies for how the City and County Commissions could avoid the intense frustration experienced by members of the public. Today, just five months after ATN presented those recommendations in a column in the Tallahassee Democrat, we see the Blueprint Interagency Read more…

Multi-Modal Transportation District (MMTD) Ordinance

Ordinance Background: The development standards in the ordinance apply to most ATN neighborhoods (see map).  These standards are intended to promote more walking, cycling and transit use through techniques such as building design, parking standards, and investment in sidewalks and street trees. In February 2016 the City Commission authorized staff to select a consultant to review implementation problems with the MMTD.  The consultant’s final report was submitted to City staff in March 2019.  During the Read more…

Multi-Modal Transportation District Ordinance Amendments – Phase 1: ATN Recommendations

April 12, 2021 The PlanActive/Toole Design March 2019 assessment of the Multimodal Transportation District Ordinance (MMTDO) identified the following “big ideas” necessary to ensure the success of the MMTD district: Placement, location and species of landscape to protect pedestrian movement as the priority. Grading should never compromise the pedestrian accessibility and connection from the sidewalk to development. Sight distance review and evaluations should be consistent with the context of an area and not a general Read more…

Providence Neighborhood Heart of the Hill Project Support

March 24, 2021 Re: CRA agenda item 7.03 Members of the CRA: The Alliance of Tallahassee Neighborhoods is writing in support of funding the Providence neighborhood Heart-of-the-Hill Project.  Providence, a member of the Alliance, has consistently worked to implement its neighborhood plan since its adoption in 2003.  This project is a major milestone in the plan implementation.  Looking forward, we support the funding of other elements of the neighborhood plan as well. Cordially, Carrie Litherland, Read more…

The Old Town Neighborhood

A Historical Neighborhood and Location, Location, Location!! As one of Tallahassee’s surviving downtown and historic neighborhoods, Old Town owes much of its charm and character to the remaining original homes from the 1930’s and 1940’s.  Without these endearing original homes, Old Town would not be so unique.  Many of Old Town’s original homes retain the character and architectural distinctiveness of the period in which they were built.  Bordered by Mahan, Magnolia, Miccosukee, and Meridian, and Read more…