In 2018, TSW was retained by the City of Alpharetta to prepare a series of base zoning changes and a new overlay to support the recently completed North Point Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) Plan. The goal of these changes was to align the area’s zoning regulations with the updated plan and to support redevelopment in the area.
The new set of standards focused on mixed-use development, particularly residential uses, on aging commercial sites. This encourages the redevelopment of these sites and creates a more diverse and vibrant community. Additionally, TSW proposed a system of interconnected open spaces and trails that tie into the Big Creek Greenway, providing residents and visitors with access to recreational areas and outdoor spaces.
The new regulations also include flexible building design standards that focus on supporting walkability and sense of place but are style-neutral. This allows for a variety of architectural styles, while still ensuring that buildings are designed in a way that supports walkability and a sense of community.
TSW also proposed a sustainable “eco district” points system for new development, which rewards developers for incorporating sustainable design practices into their projects. The regulations also include standards for landscaping, open spaces, and streetscapes, as well as street and streetscape requirements intended to encourage a network of small blocks and walkable streets.
The regulations were developed with guidance from the City of Alpharetta staff and elected officials and largely codified the policies contained in the LCI Plan. These changes were intended to support the redevelopment of the area, create a more diverse and vibrant community, and encourage sustainable development practices.