Project Description

BeltLine Subarea 3 Master Plan

Details:

Client: Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Status: Completion pending adoption process in 2020

Highlights:

  • Detailed future land use plan to address transit-supportive density and appropriate neighborhood transitions

  • Proposed trail and street networks to link neighborhoods to the BeltLine

  • New parks and park improvements to provide additional greenspace

  • Recommendations to update City’s official land use and zoning maps

Description:

The Atlanta BeltLine is a planned and open 22-mile network of trails, transit, and parks that circles downtown Atlanta. The BeltLine is divided into 10 subareas for more detailed planning. Subarea 3 lies southeast of downtown and includes Grant Park, Chosewood Park, and other historic neighborhoods, many of which are beginning to experience development pressure as the BeltLine becomes a reality. TSW worked with the Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. and local communities to prepare this comprehensive update of the decade-old previous Master Plan.

The Master Plan Update addresses land use, open space, transportation, affordable housing, historic preservation, zoning, and market realities. The plan focuses on encouraging economic development and redevelopment while preserving the character and affordability of existing neighborhoods. Proposed street and trail connections will make sure that every neighborhood has access to the BeltLine and public parks. The proposed, enhanced Boulevard Crossing Park will provide a major new greenspace and be surrounded by affordable housing.

The plan included a number of public meetings to be sure that the results are in line with the local communities’ needs and desires. These included a Saturday workshop, flyers distributed to local businesses and other public forums.