Master Active Living Plans


Client: Dekalb County Board of Health

Location: Dekalb County, Georgia

Status: Completed in 2013


  • Redevelopment master plans focusing on providing alternative transportation modes, better access to schools, parks, and activity centers, and encouraging mixed-use, compact development
  • Extensive public participation process
  • Plans focused on four areas within DeKalb County


The goal of the DeKalb County Board of Health Master Active Living Plans is to improve the integration of physical activity and other healthy behaviors into the daily routines of DeKalb County residents. The Master Active Living Plans are intended to be a proactive, community-based vision and blueprint for the Panola Road/Salem Road, Covington Highway, Indian Creek, and Flat Shoals study areas that will improve health by achieving the following:

Improving bike/pedestrian connections of activity centers to nearby neighborhoods, parks, schools, and other public facilities. By providing safe and convenient routes for biking and walking, the plans aim to encourage more active transportation and increase physical activity among residents. Encouraging development with an emphasis on mixed-use, compact development, interconnected streets, multi-modal accessibility, and increased public space. The plans aim to create vibrant, walkable communities that are designed to promote healthy behaviors and improve overall health and well-being.

TSW was retained by DeKalb County to develop these plans, which were developed after an intensive public outreach process and an analysis of specific health needs in the study areas. The plans are intended to be a comprehensive, community-based vision and blueprint for the study areas, which will guide future development and investment in the areas.

The Master Active Living Plans are an important step towards creating healthier and more livable communities in DeKalb County.