This is a Saporta Report Thought Leadership piece by Tony Peters, Buckhead CID Director of Capital Projects and Programs
In 2015, the Buckhead Community Improvement District’s (BCID) board of directors wanted to explore the idea of expanding its boundary into the “West Village,” which encompasses the superblock west of Peachtree Road around West Paces Ferry Road, Early Street, Cains Hill, East Andrews Drive, Roswell Road, Paces Ferry Place and Irby Avenue.
To expand a CID boundary, the organization must collect consent from more than 50% of the total property owners in the proposed expanded area and those property owners must represent 75% of the total appraised value of ALL the properties in the proposed expansion.
Expansion efforts require meticulous attention to detail that includes going door to door to find and then meet with each property owner to discuss what a CID does, how it can benefit their business, then gain their consent and execute the required documentation. In our case, that process took about a year.
When BCID approached the West Village property owners in 2016, we developed a presentation focused on the benefits of joining one of the largest CIDs in terms of tax digest in the state. With an economic impact over $27 billion, Buckhead is a strong business corridor and property owners have benefitted from the CID’s improvement projects over the past 20 years, increasing their property values. Ultimately, our message was simple. When you join the CID, you gain a partner focused on creating and maintaining a safe, accessible and livable urban environment.