BeltLine Subarea 3 Master Plan


Client: Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Status: Completion pending adoption process in 2020


  • 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


The Atlanta BeltLine is a planned and open 22-mile network of trails, transit, and parks that circles downtown Atlanta. The project is divided into 10 subareas for more detailed planning. BeltLine Subarea 3 Master Plan 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. To address this and ensure that the development aligns with the needs and desires of the local communities, TSW worked with the Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. and local communities to prepare a 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.

To ensure that the results of the plan align with the needs and desires of the local communities, TSW included a number of public meetings and engagement opportunities. This included a Saturday workshop, flyers distributed to local businesses, and other public forums. Through this process, the BeltLine Subarea 3 Master Plan Update incorporates feedback and input from the community, making sure that the development of the Atlanta BeltLine aligns with the needs and desires of the local communities.