Southwest Connector Trail

Bicyclists ride the Southwest Connector Trail at the grand opening ceremony.
Photo Credit: Kwadwo Atta

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The Atlanta BeltLine

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For Developers

We're Developing a New Future for Atlanta!

The Atlanta BeltLine has approximately 3,000 acres of underutilized or idled industrial property along the corridor. This represents a tremendous opportunity for redevelopment and revitalization, and a chance to be a part of reshaping Atlanta’s future growth in a meaningful way.

With so much underutilized land in proximity to the Atlanta BeltLine corridor, there is unique potential to shape Atlanta’s future growth through its smart-growth framework and the market-based development from the private sector. The Atlanta BeltLine is working side-by-side with developers towards Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) – a new and effective way of creating vibrant, livable communities while reducing congestion.

TOD generally refers to a compact, mixed-use neighborhood located around a transit station that is designed to invite people to drive less in favor of walking, cycling, and using transit. TOD provides accessibility – to work, school and errands – while reducing auto dependency, air pollution, and energy consumption. Studies have shown that TOD can reduce automobile travel by 20 to 25 percent compared to conventional development.

TOD has also been proven to catalyze community renewal by stimulating economic development and social activity and increasing land values. Revitalization can be spurred by brownfield incentives, affordable workforce housing incentives, and development incentives.

Atlanta BeltLine TAD

The Atlanta BeltLine Tax Allocation District (TAD) is unique in that it is primarily focused on indirect incentives through the creation of public assets (parks, trails, transit, streetscapes, etc.) in addition to a small component of direct development incentives. Unlike most TADs, the Atlanta BeltLine TAD funding goes primarily to fund public infrastructure such as parks and transit. In addition to the Master Plans, the activities outlined below will help encourage economic development. View our TAD overlay map. A parcel search on the City of Atlanta’s GIS website will show which properties fall within the Atlanta BeltLine TAD.

Affordable Workforce Housing

Affordable housing is a critical component of the Atlanta BeltLine development. The City Council created the Atlanta BeltLine Affordable Housing Trust Fund (BAHTF) to promote the creation and preservation of affordable housing within the Atlanta BeltLine neighborhoods. Grant funds from BAHTF add a necessary, flexible and unprecedented tool to Atlanta’s affordable housing toolkit. These funds can be combined with other affordable housing programs and city incentives and leveraged with private dollars to construct or renovate affordable.

To view applications, guidelines, and contact information please visit Invest Atlanta’s Multifamily Developer Grants page.

Brownfield Remediation

While the Atlanta BeltLine does not offer any incentives directly for brownfield remediation, the state of Georgia does. You can find information on Georgia’s Environmental Protection Division website regarding Brownfields Tax Incentives. Read more about brownfield remediation.

Atlanta BeltLine Zoning Overlay

The Atlanta BeltLine Zoning Overlay, approved in early 2007, instituted a regulatory approach that anticipates, manages, and encourages quality Atlanta BeltLine development opportunities and impacts. The Overlay helps to preserve the integrity of the Atlanta BeltLine corridor and improve the pedestrian and transit orientation of new development. For more on the Atlanta BeltLine Zoning Overlay, please visit the City of Atlanta Office of Planning’s website.

Historic Preservation Incentives

Incentives available through other programs from the City of Atlanta encourage development. All opportunities may be viewed on the Atlanta Urban Design Commission’s webpage or in this PDF from the City: Economic Incentives for Historic Preservation. These include:

  • Landmark Historic Property Tax Abatement Program
  • Rehabilitated Historic Property Tax Abatement Program
  • Federal Income Tax Credit Program
  • State Income Tax Credit Program
  • City/County Urban Enterprise Zone Tax Abatement Program
  • Development Impact Fee Exemption
  • Façade Easements
  • Transfer of Development Rights
Economic development around the Atlanta BeltLineDevelopment Activity

Learn more about the development progress along the Atlanta BeltLine – Download the the Development Activity PDF:

 

Planning Documents

While master planning dealt with the area outside the Atlanta BeltLine corridor, a separate process, known as corridor design, began in February 2010. This is a multi-year effort that will bring the entire 22-mile Atlanta BeltLine corridor to a standard of 25 percent design for all of the various program elements. This design effort will show what the Atlanta BeltLine will look like, and establish the basis for all future Atlanta BeltLine design and construction. The scope includes civil and structural engineering; surveys; utilities; streetscapes; landscape design; trails; transit; stations; bridges; tunnels; historic preservation; public art locations; and signage.