The Livable Communities Coalition works to improve the quality of life in metropolitan Atlanta by sharing and promoting smart growth principles, advocating public policy that promotes smart growth, and supporting projects that accelerate smart growth. Formed in 2005, the Livable Communities Coalition unitesover 50 organizations working to change the way metro Atlanta grows by focusing on land use, transportation, housing, and conservation of open green space and natural resources. Member organizations include regional leaders in the areas of aging, building and development, business, urban and landscape design, government, housing, planning, sustainable development, the environment, and transit and transportation alternatives.

Higher-density, compact development provides more housing choices in the places that are most convenient, especially in our region?s job and activity centers and near major transportation corridors.
When we link transportation investments with growth and development, we put street networks, rail, buses, biking lanes, and networks of sidewalks and paths where they can do the most good for the greatest number of people.
Smart growth means housing for everyone ? housing that offers a wide variety of choices, is near jobs, and is affordable for all.
The Atlanta region is redeveloping many older neighborhoods, and more area residents are rediscovering the conveniences of living in town. But even an aggressive strategy to redevelop the region's town centers and transportation corridors won?t provide all the homes, shops, and offices needed to meet forecasted demand
Smart growth helps clean air and water, cuts energy consumption, stretches water resources farther, and promotes healthier living. By grouping homes closer together, denser development also consumers less land, leaving more land for parks, surrounding farms and open spaces, and other greenspaces.