What is the NFCID?
The North Fulton Community Improvement District (NFCID) is a self-taxing district that was formed in 2003 by a group of business leaders committed to maintaining and enhancing the North Fulton community. With the goal of investing in a more vibrant and sustainable North Fulton, the CID advances infrastructure projects that enhance the livability, walkability and drivability of the entire community. The NFCID spans from Mansell Road north to McGinnis Ferry Road, serving as a catalyst for transportation planning, investment and improvement.
Commercial property owners within the District’s boundaries pay a voluntary tax, which funds the NFCID’s efforts. The CID’s mission is to work continuously to improve the economic viability of its district. This includes the development of efficient transportation services, with an emphasis on access, mobility, diversification and modernization.
The NFCID partners with the three cities that fall within its boundaries – Alpharetta, Milton and Roswell – to design and implement projects that improve the community of North Fulton. The NFCID regularly solicits input from its members for new projects and any member can submit requests to the NFCID for consideration.
Since its inception, the NFCID has leveraged more than $22 million to advance more than $116 million worth of transportation and infrastructure improvements. The North Fulton CID is committed to further enhancing the community and improving the quality of life for the nearly 400 property owners along the Georgia Highway 400 corridor and North Fulton’s more than 270,000 employees.
The North Fulton CID is a catalyst for positive change that improves the quality of life in North Fulton County by investing in an even more vibrant and sustainable community.
The CID’s vision for the future is detailed in the Blueprint North Fulton 2.0 master plan. Completed in December 2013, Blueprint North Fulton 2.0 is a strategic land use and transportation plan, designed to create a cohesive vision for future growth and development along the Georgia 400 corridor.
Currently, the CID is working to create an interconnected network of sustainable, walkable communities in North Fulton, among other community improvement projects.
About North Fulton
North Fulton encompasses the northern portion of one of the Metro Atlanta’s largest counties – Fulton County – just north of the City of Atlanta boundaries. With a workforce of more than 273,000 people, North Fulton is an economic powerhouse and home to several Fortune 500 headquarters.
Considered one of the best areas to do business in Metro Atlanta and the state of Georgia, North Fulton is the place for economic opportunity, just a short drive north of the city.
With increasing numbers of businesses discovering the advantages of the North Fulton area, its reputation as the region’s epicenter of economic growth has been growing steadily. Convenient access to major transportation arteries such as Georgia 400 and proximity not only to the City of Atlanta but several major hubs, such as Sandy Springs, Johns Creek, Alpharetta, Roswell and Milton, have made North Fulton one of the most desirable places to live and work in the region.
For more information on doing business in North Fulton, visit the Greater North Fulton Chamber of Commerce
What is a CID?
A CID, or Community Improvement District, is a self-taxing district that uses voluntary property tax dollars to improve its district such as accelerating transportation, beautification and infrastructure projects. Similar to Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) but more autonomous, CIDs are unique to the state of Georgia and an increasingly popular method of promoting economic growth. Originating in the Metro Atlanta region, CIDs have considerably influenced development and since spread to other areas of Georgia. There are currently more than 20 active CIDs in the state.
CIDs are comprised of private commercial properties zoned as office/industrial and R\retail properties. Residential and multi-family properties are not taxable by a CID.
How is a Community Improvement District established?
To form a Community Improvement District takes the agreement of a simple majority of the commercial property owners within the district to create a CID. In addition, it is required that this simple majority of owners must represent at least 75 percent of the taxable value of the commercial property located within the proposed CID.
How is money raised to fund a Community Improvement District?
CIDs are funded by a self-imposed and self-regulated ad valorem tax on commercial properties within the district. The tax consists of fixed millage rate being paid by the commercial property owners. A mill is equal to 1/10th of 1% of the assessed value of the property. For instance, if a property was valued at $100/sf, then one mill is roughly equal to $.04 per square foot. Because CIDs are controlled by private property owners and not their respective Counties, the property owners decide how to spend the money raised via a board of directors.
How does a CID work?
Commercial property owners agree to assess themselves additional ad-valorem real estate taxes in order to address critical issues such as traffic and safety. That money is collected by the Tax Commissioner of the local government and returned to the district by its respective county. The board of directors then seeks to leverage that money and garner infrastructure improvements for the area. Some examples of how this money might be spent include environmental and engineering feasibility studies, funding new construction or landscaping projects, upgrades to already funded projects, maintaining existing transportation features, and direct spending (traffic control officers).
What is the purpose of a CID?
The CID’s mission is to work continuously to improve the economic viability of its district. This includes the development of efficient transportation services, with an emphasis on access, mobility, diversification and modernization.
Can CIDs implement plans?
Yes. The model of a CID is to help accelerate plans for improvements from the design phase to implementation. CIDs participate in the bidding and selection process for contractors and engineers and also manage some of the projects under agreements with the local government.
Where is the North Fulton CID?
The North Fulton Community Improvement District encompasses the commercial corridor along Georgia Highway 400, running roughly from Mansell Road on the south to McGinnis Ferry Road at its northern terminus. Parts of Alpharetta, Roswell and Milton fall within the NFCID boundary.
What is "Blueprint North Fulton?"
Blueprint North Fulton is a land-use and development vision created by the CID in collaboration with local businesses, cities and neighbors. Crafted to sustain and enhance the exceptional quality of life in North Fulton and maintain its robust business environment, Blueprint North Fulton creates a cohesive plan for growth and development along the Georgia 400 commercial corridor. The North Fulton Community Improvement District sponsored the plan with cooperation from the cities of Alpharetta, Milton and Roswell to help fund and accelerate infrastructure improvements. The CID funded Blueprint North Fulton at a cost of $500,000.