Project Description


DeKalb County Planning & Sustainability
Project Status:
Completed in 2012
Project Overview:
• Comprehensive development plan for Kensington MARTA Station and surrounding area
• Extensive public participation process
• Recommendations that support and promote a multi-modal environment
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DeKalb County, Georgia

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