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Design Review Committee

Guiding Development Around the Atlanta BeltLine

The Design Review Committee is an advisory group of subject-matter experts that provides design consultation, review, and recommendations for all Special Administrative Permits within a half-mile of the Atlanta BeltLine corridor.

At the Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. Board of Directors meeting on June 11, 2014, Mayor Kasim Reed tasked ABI with building a tool to assist the City of Atlanta’s Office of Planning and Community Development in guiding development around the Atlanta BeltLine according to the Atlanta BeltLine Subarea Master Plans. On October 8, 2014, ABI’s Board approved the outline of the Design Review Committee.

Download the resolution approved by the Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. Board of Directors on October 8, 2014.

The Design Review Committee was adopted by Atlanta City Council on March 2, 2015.

Subarea Master Plans

The Subarea Master Plans – developed by Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. and the City of Atlanta between 2007 and 2012 – address land use within a half-mile of the Atlanta BeltLine corridor (the planning area) to create a framework of thoughtful, transit-oriented development that supports future population growth and transit ridership. The master plans have been shaped and informed by neighborhood residents offering detailed feedback.

Meet the Team

By actively engaging developers and providing input on the City’s review process for projects, the Design Review Committee aims to ensure design excellence and a high standard for quality development that complies with the Atlanta BeltLine Overlay and Subarea Master Plan goals.

DRC Committee Members

Urban Planner Representative
Julie McQueen Price, AICP

Architect Representative
Jeffrey L. Robinson, AIA

Architect Representative
David M. Hamilton, AIA

ABI Tax Allocation District
Advisory Board Representative

Johanna B. McCrehan

City of Atlanta
Office of Planning Director

Charletta Jacks

Atlanta BeltLine
Design Director

Fred Yalouris

Atlanta BeltLine
Community Planning & Engagement Director

Beth McMillan

Atlanta BeltLine
Program Management Director

Lee Harrop

DRC Support Staff

Atlanta BeltLine Inc.
Lynnette Reid
Lreid@atlbeltline.org
(404) 477-3551

Atlanta BeltLine Inc.
Kevin Burke

City of Atlanta Bureau of Planning
Karl Smith-Davids
ksmith-davids@atlantaga.gov
(404) 330-6296

City of Atlanta Bureau of Planning
Tshaka Warren
twarren@atlantaga.gov
(404) 330-6605

Atlanta BeltLine Planning Area

Not sure if your property is within the Atlanta BeltLine Planning Area? Need to find out in which subarea it resides for your application? Enter your address below to find out if it falls within one of the shaded subareas!

  

A Thorough Review

The Design Review Committee aims to ensure design excellence and a high standard for quality development around the Atlanta BeltLine. Below are resources and the steps to submit your project to the Design Review Committee.

Step 1: Attend a Pre-Application Meeting

(optional but encouraged)
Applicants are encouraged to schedule a pre-application meeting with Office of Planning staff before submitting a request to the DRC, and before submitting an Application for a Special Administrative Permit.

Step 2: Complete the DRC Application

Complete the DRC application.

Applicants must submit all of the following to get placement on the next DRC meeting agenda:

  1. A written project summary that describe in detail the new construction, alternations, repairs or other changes to the exterior of the existing structure and/or the site.
  2. Property Information (e.g. Address, Current Zoning, NPU, Sub-Area, Land District/Lot).
  3. Identification of all administrative variances/variations requested and written justification for each requested.
  4. Digital drawings (to-scale) of site plan, landscape plans, and building elevations (3D renderings preferred) applicable to the scope of work.
  5. Digital images of the existing property (N, S, E, and W prospective).
Step 3: Get on the DRC Agenda

Email Lynnette Reid to arrange placement on the next scheduled DRC meeting agenda. Check the right sidebar to see the next few scheduled DRC meetings.

Technical Assistance meetings are offered by the Atlanta BeltLine for applicants seeking in-depth discussion on project specific matters of the development. Email Lynnette Reid to arrange a meeting.

Step 4: Present to the DRC

Applicants must bring the following materials to the scheduled DRC meeting:

  • A project summary or copy of the Special Administrative Application (if applicable)
  • Copy of site plan
  • Copy of landscape plans (if applicable)
  • Copy of elevations of each exterior façade (3 dimensional rendering preferred)

Please note:

  • 12 copies of each document is required for distribution. Copies should be legible in high resolution.
  • Applicant must be prepared to present project to the DRC during the applicant’s assigned meeting date.

Apply for Review with the DRC

Applicants seeking to have their projects reviewed by the DRC must complete the following application and submit the required documentation. Note: Upon receiving your online application and materials, Atlanta BeltLine Staff will contact you to notify if your submission is complete, and to confirm your placement on the agenda.

Applicant Information
Company Name*
Contact Name*
Contact Phone Number*
Contact Email*
Property Landowner(s)
Property Landowner Address*
Property Landowner Phone Number*
Property Landowner Email*
Additional Property Owners
Property Information
Land District*
Land Lot*
Council District*
NPU*
BeltLine Sub-Area*
Zoning Classifications*
Project Summary
Describe in detail the new construction, alternations, repairs or other changes to the exterior of the existing structure and/or the site*
Document Upload*
PDF files only, please
Site Plan
Landscape Plans
Variances/Variations Requested with Code References
Special Administrative Application (if you have already submitted an SAP to the Office of Planning)
Elevations of Each Exterior Façade
Digital Images of the Current Condition (N,S,E, and W Perspective)

Please click “Submit” only once.
Depending on the number and size of attachments you’ve included, the form could take up to 1 minute to process.

DRC Meetings and Documentation

Design Review Committee (DRC) meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month, and are open to the public. This table provides a list of upcoming meetings, and meeting agendas are posted on this page on the Friday before each meeting. After the conclusion of each meeting, a document summarizing details of that meeting will be added to the table.

The DRC meetings are open to the public; however, there is not public hearing component in these meetings. If you have comments to share with the DRC regarding a particular application, please submit your written comments to lreid@atlbeltine.org prior to the meeting date. All comments will be shared with the DRC in advance of the meeting.

Meeting dateDetailsDocumentationSubmission Deadline
1481734800December 14, 2016 5:00pm

Atlanta BeltLine DRC meetings begin at 5pm and applicants are assigned time slots on the agenda. Applicants must request to be on the agenda and provide all required submission materials by the Wednesday prior to the meeting or they will not be considered. Any requests submitted between submittal deadlines will be heard at the following month’s meeting.

Note: *Meeting Dates near major holidays are subject to be rescheduled. Due to the Holiday the standing December meeting has been rescheduled to December 14, 2016.

    1481155200December 8, 2016 12:00am
    Past Meetings
    1479315600November 16, 2016 5:00pm

    Atlanta BeltLine DRC meetings begin at 5pm and applicants are assigned time slots on the agenda. Applicants must request to be on the agenda and provide all required submission materials by the Wednesday prior to the meeting or they will not be considered. Any requests submitted between submittal deadlines will be heard at the following month’s meeting.

    1478649600November 9, 2016 12:00am
    1476896400October 19, 2016 5:00pm

    Atlanta BeltLine DRC meetings begin at 5pm and applicants are assigned time slots on the agenda. Applicants must request to be on the agenda and provide all required submission materials by the Wednesday prior to the meeting or they will not be considered. Any requests submitted between submittal deadlines will be heard at the following month’s meeting.

    1476230400October 12, 2016 12:00am
    1474477200September 21, 2016 5:00pm

    Atlanta BeltLine DRC meetings begin at 5pm and applicants are assigned time slots on the agenda. Applicants must request to be on the agenda and provide all required submission materials by the Wednesday prior to the meeting or they will not be considered. Any requests submitted between submittal deadlines will be heard at the following month’s meeting.

    Material Submission Deadline: September 14, 2016

    1471453200August 17, 2016 5:00pm
    Meetings Schedule

    The DRC meetings are held the third Wednesday of each month beginning at 5pm at the Atlanta BeltLine Inc. office.

    Atlanta BeltLine Inc. Office
    100 Peachtree Street NW (Equitable Building)
    23rd Floor
    Atlanta, GA 30303

    Meeting Note

    The DRC meetings are open to the public; however, there is not public hearing component in these meetings. If you have comments to share with the DRC regarding a particular application, please submit your written comments to lreid@atlbeltine.org prior to the meeting date. All comments will be shared with the DRC in advance of the meeting.


    Agenda

    The agenda is posted on the meetings tab the Friday before.