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…

Northwood Centre Parcels Proposal

The redevelopment of the old Northwood Mall offers tremendous opportunities for community development. 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.  ATN’s proposal also offers suggestions for uses on the property. Alliance of Tallahassee Neighborhoods (ATN) Northwood Centre Parcels Proposal February 23, 2022 Introduction Planning staff responsible for developing 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…

ATN Supports Local Historical Designation of Macomb Property

Alliance of Tallahassee Neighborhoods (ATN) April 6, 2021 Dear Tallahassee – Leon County Planning Commissioners RE:  Agenda Item 2:  First and Only Public Hearing on Ordinance 21-Z-12: Proposed Addition of Property to the Local Register of Historic Places and Amendment of the Official Zoning Map to Change the Zoning Classification from the Central Core (CC) Zoning District to the Central Core (CC) Zoning District with Historic Preservation Overlay (HPO) ATN strongly supports the addition of Read more…

Land Use and Mobility Elements Update: Letter to City and County Commissioners

This letter represents the personal opinions of two ATN members. It has not been formally approved as an ATN position statement. It will be on the agenda for approval at the April ATN meeting. Commissioners: Re: March 23 City Commission/Board of County Commissioners Workshop on a Request for Proposals for Consultant Services to Rewrite of Comprehensive Plan Land Use and Mobility Thank you for your discussion on this item, which clarified a number of questions Read more…