Edgewood Avenue Bridge

The Edgewood Avenue Bridge has been demolished and is being rebuilt over the Eastside Trail extension.
Photo Credit: Christopher Martin

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Master Planning

The Blueprint for the Atlanta BeltLine

As Atlanta continues to grow, the Atlanta BeltLine will provide the framework for smart growth, enhancing the city’s sustainability and economic vitality. The Atlanta BeltLine Redevelopment Plan and Atlanta BeltLine Master Plans include recommendations for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD), which guides the growth of vibrant, livable, mixed-use communities by applying national best practices for mixing uses, strengthening the pedestrian and bicycle realm, compact development, and managing parking.

The 10 master plans and appendices below contain land use recommendations, transportation improvement recommendations and park master plans (where applicable). Master plans, by their nature, are subject to periodic review and changes to reflect changing local conditions, refined neighborhood visions and city policies, demographic shifts, and other factors. Plans have been developed for the year 2035 based on a variety of data, including projections of population and employment growth, economic conditions, travel patterns and behaviors, and existing physical constraints and opportunities. From time to time, with appropriate community and technical input, these plans may be revisited and adjusted.


These documents can all be downloaded as PDFs. The Master Plans files may exceed 100 pages each and the Appendices may exceed 200+ pages, so please plan for large files sizes.

DocumentThumbnailAdopted
Subarea 01: Master Plan12/06/10
Subarea 01: Master Plan AppendicesThis document contains all supporting Appendices for the Subarea 1 Master Plan.12/06/10
Subarea 02: Master Plan03/16/09
Subarea 02: Master Plan AppendicesThis document contains all supporting Appendices for the Subarea 2 Master Plan.03/16/09
Subarea 03: Master Plan03/16/09
Subarea 03: Master Plan AppendicesThis document contains all supporting Appendices for the Subarea 3 Master Plan.03/16/09
Subarea 04: Master Plan07/18/11
Subarea 04: Master Plan AppendicesThis document contains all supporting Appendices for the Subarea 4 Master Plan.07/18/11
Subarea 05: Master Plan03/16/09
Subarea 05: Master Plan AppendicesThis document contains all supporting Appendices for the Subarea 5 Master Plan.03/16/09
Subarea 06: Master Plan12/05/11
Subarea 06: Master Plan AppendicesThis document contains all supporting Appendices for the Subarea 6 Master Plan. 12/05/11
Subarea 07: Master Plan11/16/09
Subarea 07: Master Plan AppendicesThis document contains all supporting Appendices for the Subarea 7 Master Plan.11/16/09
Subarea 08: Master Plan03/19/12
Subarea 08: Master Plan AppendicesThis document contains all supporting Appendices for the Subarea 8 Master Plan.03/19/12
Subarea 09: Master Plan03/16/09
Subarea 09: Master Plan AppendicesThis document contains all supporting Appendices for the Subarea 9 Master Plan.03/16/09
Subarea 10: Master Plan12/06/10
Subarea 10: Master Plan AppendicesThis document contains all supporting Appendices for the Subarea 10 Master Plan.12/06/10

Subarea Definitions

Subarea 1

Subarea 1 starts in Atlanta’s historic West End at the intersection of I-20 and Langhorn Street where the corridor passes under the highway. From I-20, the Atlanta BeltLine runs south to the west of Muse Street, passes underneath Ralph David Abernathy at the intersections of Cascade and White Street (by the Kroger City Center), and along White Street all the way to Lee Street. A section of the West End trail has already been built and is used daily by residents.

This portion of the Atlanta BeltLine is home to the West End and Westview neighborhoods and features Gordon White Park, Enota Park, Rose Circle Park, Westview Cemetery, the Atlanta BeltLine’s first painted outdoor mural, and some of the first stretches of the BeltLine Arboretum to be planted. Public transportation is accessible at the West End MARTA station.

Subarea 2

From Lee Street in the west, Subarea 2 sweeps east all the way to Hill Street, over Metropolitan Avenue, running alongside University Avenue and passing under 75 / 85 at the University Avenue exit, and crossing McDonough Boulevard at grade where it intersects with University and Ridge Avenue.

Subarea 2 encompasses the following neighborhoods: Adair Park, Capitol View, Capitol View Manor, Chosewood Park, High Point Estates, Oakland City, Mechanicsville, Peoplestown, Pittsburgh, Sylvan Hills, and The Villages at Carver. The area includes D.H. Stanton Park, Four Corners Park, Carver High School, easy access to Turner Field, and a prime location on Atlanta’s Downtown Connector.

Subarea 3

From Hill Street where Subarea 2 leaves off, the Atlanta BeltLine corridor bisects Subarea 3 just north of Englewood and crosses Boulevard Avenue, Confederate Avenue, and over the arched, brick bridge soaring over Ormewood Avenue almost up to Glenwood Avenue.

Subarea 3 neighborhoods are: Beulah Heights, Boulevard Heights, Chosewood Park, Englewood Manor, Grant Park, and Ormewood Park. Highlights of Subarea 3 include Boulevard Crossing Park, Grant Park (and its associated restaurant area), Zoo Atlanta, the Cyclorama, and stately Victorian homes.

Subarea 4

From the border of Subarea 3 on Glenwood Avenue, the Atlanta BeltLine emerges onto Bill Kennedy Way, crosses over I-20, intersects Memorial Drive at grade, winds north in between Chester Avenue and Holtzclaw Street, crosses Kirkwood Avenue and Wylie Street, and hits the Hulsey rail yard and DeKalb Avenue.

Subarea 4 neighborhoods include: Cabbagetown, Glenwood Park, Grant Park, Ormewood Park, and Reynoldstown. Features of this area include Oakland Cemetery, Cabbagetown Park, and the mixed-use development of Glenwood Park.

Subarea 5

The Hulsey Rail Yard in between DeKalb Avenue and Wylie Street defines the southern border of Subarea 5. The Atlanta BeltLine corridor continues at Airline Street and DeKalb Avenue, crosses under the Edgewood Avenue bridge and then over Irwin Street at grade, under the North Highland and Freedom Parkway bridges, and into Historic Fourth Ward Park. Subarea 5’s northern boundary is marked by Ponce City Market and the historic overpass above Ponce de Leon Avenue.

Subarea 5 neighborhoods consist of: Inman Park, Old Fourth Ward, Poncey-Highland, and Sweet Auburn. In this section of Atlanta, you’ll discover Historic Fourth Ward Park and Skatepark, Martin Luther King Jr.’s birth place and center, the walkable retail district of Inman Park along North Highland, the Jimmy Carter Library and Museum, the bike path to Stone Mountain. MARTA is accessed via the Inman Park-Reynoldstown MARTA station.

Subarea 6

Subarea 6 spans the Atlanta BeltLine corridor from where it crosses the railroad bridge over Ponce de Leon Avenue all the way up to where it tunnels underneath highway 85. The southern part of subarea 6 includes the Eastside Trail and one can walk from Ponce de Leon north behind Whole Foods, Home Depot, and Midtown Arts Plaza up to the intersection of Monroe Drive and 10th Street. Continuing into Piedmont Park, you will pass behind Amsterdam Walk, through the Piedmont Park expansion, behind Ansley Mall and the Ansley Park Golf Course up to the northern border of Subarea 6 at highway 85.

Neighborhoods that fall within Subarea 6 are: Ansley Park, Midtown, Morningside, Piedmont Heights, Sherwood Forest, and Virginia Highland. Subarea 6 amenities include Piedmont Park, the Atlanta Botanical Gardens, Midtown Atlanta, Ansley Mall, Grady High School, and Ansley Golf Course.

Subarea 7

Subarea 7 of the Atlanta BeltLine envelopes the neighborhoods between where highways 75 and 85 split to the north. The trails and transit will spur north to Lindbergh MARTA station and cross underneath Peachtree Street at Piedmont Hospital. Tanyard Creek Trail is an open and active path of the Atlanta BeltLine in this subarea.

Subarea 7 neighborhoods include: Ardmore Park, Brookwood and Brookwood Hills, Collier Hills, Lindbergh and Lindbergh City Center, Lindridge, Martin Manor, and Peachtree Hills. Conveniences to note in this subarea are Tanyard Creek and the Atlanta Memorial Trail, Bobby Jones Golf Course, Piedmont Hospital, Lindbergh City Center, and more.

Subarea 8

After the Atlanta BeltLine crosses highway 75, it dips south towards Atlantic Station and the Atlanta Waterworks and ends at the Marietta Street artery. Subarea 8 includes Atlantic Station and West Midtown, both hotspots for a live-work-play lifestyle. Other neighborhoods are Berkeley Park, Blandtown, Channing Valley, Home Park, Loring Heights, and the Marietta Street artery.

Subarea 9

From the Marietta Street Artery, Subarea 9 runs south to Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway. Neighborhoods include: Grove Park, Howell Station, Knight Park, Marietta Street Artery, and Rockdale. Subarea 9 amenities include the Atlanta BeltLine’s Westside Reservoir Park, proximity to Georgia Tech, and a connection at the Bankhead MARTA station.

Subarea 10

From the northern border of Donald Lee Hollowell Parkway, the Atlanta BeltLine corridor continues into Maddox Park, traverses Joseph E. Boone Boulevard, passes by Washington Park, and continues south to interstate 20, which is the northern border of Subarea 1.

The neighborhoods of Subarea 10 are: Ashview Heights, Bankhead, Hunter Hills, Just Us, Mozley Park, and Washington Park. Nearby are the Ashby MARTA station, the Atlanta University Center, Booker T. Washington High School, Washington Park Tennis Center, and more.

 

 

What is Master Planning?

In 2007, master planning began by looking at the half mile on either side of the Atlanta BeltLine corridor (covered by Corridor Design) to create a suitable framework to support future population growth and transit ridership. In 10 distinct subareas, Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., and the City of Atlanta Department of Planning and Community Development developed master plans that address land use, transportation, and parks. Neighborhood residents have informed and shaped the plans by providing detailed feedback at public meetings and in writing. Subarea by subarea, planners worked with the community until all 10 areas were completed. The Study Group process, where the initial planning happened, was followed by meetings with the affected NPUs in each subarea, and ultimately City Council approval.

Atlanta BeltLine Subarea Master Planning

The Atlanta BeltLine is made up of five segments, which are split into ten subareas for planning. The ten subareas are organized as: Southwest (subareas 1 and 2), Southeast (subareas 3 and 4), Northeast (subareas 5 and 6), Northside (subareas 7 and 8), and Westside (subareas 9 and 10).

Equitable Development

The Atlanta BeltLine has the potential to not only achieve physical connectivity among Atlanta’s neighborhoods, which is a significant accomplishment in itself, but to also break down economic and cultural barriers.

Addressing these aspirations, the Tax Allocation District Advisory Committee and Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. created an Equitable Development Plan. By establishing an Equitable Development Plan, the commitment to healthy growth is clear and the plan for achieving this is clearly defined. The plan was approved by the Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. board in 2009, and details regarding evaluation and monitoring are being developed.

Community Engagement

Learn more about community engagement during the Atlanta BeltLine planning and development.