TSW was retained by DeKalb County Planning & Sustainability to lead a multidisciplinary team to create a comprehensive development plan for the Kensington MARTA Station and the adjacent county-owned property that included strategies for further implementation. The redevelopment sites address both land use and transportation issues to support development that will support a multi-modal environment and optimize utilization of the existing MARTA Station.
The planning process began with an extensive existing conditions analysis, which included a demographic and market analysis. The public participation process for the project used a variety of tool and strategies to promote the involvement of all stakeholders particularly low income, minority, and traditionally underserved populations, including a stakeholder committee, on-line visual preference survey, three public meetings and a workshop, and a project web site that was updated throughout the process.
Recommendations were developed that include policies and projects that advance the main goals of the project:
- Encourage a diversity of medium to high-density, mixed-income neighborhoods, employment, shopping, and recreation choices
- Provide access to a range of travel modes, including transit, roadways, walking, and biking to enable access to all uses
- Increase the desirability of redevelopment of land served by existing infrastructure