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Community Health, Access and Equity

A Better Atlanta BeltLine for All

Atlanta BeltLine Guidelines

1. Design, implementation, and operation and maintenance of the Atlanta BeltLine must comply with the Atlanta BeltLine Community Benefit Guiding Principles to ensure equitable distribution of benefits.
2. Optimize interface between public and private spaces for unhindered access to parks and trails
3. Design for all ages and abilities to allow for a positive experience for all citizens
4. Remediate or contain environmental health hazards to minimize risk of future health effects

Integrated Sustainability

Community Engagement

Atlanta’s BeltLine, Inc. (ABI) has a community engagement framework that is designed to keep Atlanta residents informed and actively engaged in the Atlanta BeltLine’s creation so that the Atlanta BeltLine reflects the aspirations of its many neighborhoods and communities. The framework consists of:

  • Tax Allocation District Advisory Committee (TADAC)
  • BeltLine Affordable Housing Advisory Board (BAHAB)
  • Community Representative on ABI Board of Directors
  • ABI Community Engagement Advocate Office
  • Atlanta BeltLine Quarterly Briefings
  • Atlanta BeltLine Study Groups

Established by the Atlanta City Council as part of the Citizen Participation

Framework, the Atlanta BeltLine Study Groups create a forum −open to all− where Atlantans can be engaged in the Atlanta BeltLine process. The Study Groups have been instrumental in the preparation of the Atlanta BeltLine Subarea Master Plans, which will be integrated into the city’s Comprehensive Development Plan and become part of future Five Year Work Plans.

Access & Equity

The ABI Community Benefit Guiding Principles outlines requirements for the equitable distribution of community benefits throughout the Atlanta BeltLine Tax-Allocation District. The Atlanta BeltLine trail and transit stations are ADA-compliant and are designed to ensure the safety of Atlanta BeltLine users. Plazas and overlooks are provided, where possible, to provide views and social gathering spaces.

Community Health, Safety, and Well-being

The Atlanta BeltLine will improve Atlantans’ quality of life by providing walkable communities and opportunities for active recreation, as concluded in the Atlanta BeltLine Health Impact Assessment Study.

The Atlanta BeltLine will create a linear park that connects 40 of Atlanta’s parks, including more than 1,200 acres of new greenspace and improvements to approximately 700 acres of existing greenspace. The thousands of trees planted for the Atlanta BeltLine corridor will clean the air by removing dust, particulates and absorbing ozone, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide and other pollutants. They will provide shaded zones for passive and active recreation and encourage healthy activities such as walking.

The transit option will reduce auto dependence in the City of Atlanta, with potential health impacts due to increase walking and reduced air pollution. The streetscape upgrades for the Atlanta BeltLine Subarea master plans will improve bike / pedestrian safety and accessibility, with potential improvements in community health.

The lighting of the Atlanta BeltLine corridor will extend the use hours of the Atlanta BeltLine park and transit spaces beyond daylight hours to maximize community benefits. The types and location of lighting fixtures are determined to ensure the safety and security of all Atlanta BeltLine users from early morning joggers to late-night workers biking back home.

Environmental Issues Addressed

Health and Well-being
  • New Transit and Bike Networks
  • Walkable Communities
  • Safety and Security
  • Light and Noise Reduction
  • Clean Air and Water
  • Brownfields Remediation
  • Place-making
  • ADA compatibility and Universal Design
  • Access to Recreation and Parks
  • Access to Alternative Transportation
  • Community Outreach and Involvement
  • Affordability and Mixed-Income Neighborhoods
  • Environmental Justice
  • Equitable Distribution of Community Benefits

Related Metrics

The Sustainable Sites Initiative

2.3. Engage Users and Other Stakeholders in Site Design
5.8. Use adhesives, sealants, paints and coatings with reduced VOC emissions (also in Green Design)
6.1. Promote equitable site development
6.2. Promote equitable site use
6.3. Promote sustainability awareness and education
6.4. Protect and maintain unique cultural and historic places
6.5. Provide for optimum site accessibility, safety and wayfinding
6.6. Provide opportunities for outdoor physical activity
6.7. Provide views of vegetation and quiet outdoor spaces for mental restoration
6.8. Provide outdoor spaces for social interaction
6.9. Reduce light pollution
8.6. Minimize exposure to environmental tobacco smoke
8.7. Minimize greenhouse gases and exposure to localized air pollutants during landscape maintenance activities
9.1 – Monitor performance of sustainable design practices

Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND)

SLL Credit 2. Brownfield Redevelopment
SLL Credit 3. Reduced Auto Dependence
SLL Credit 4. Bike Network and Storage
SLL Credit 5. Housing / Jobs Proximity
NPD Prereq. 1. Walkable Streets
NPD Credit 9. Access to civic and public facilities
NPD Credit 10. Access to recreational facilities
NPD Credit 11. Visibility and Universal Design
NPD Credit 12. Community Outreach and Involvement
NPD Credit 13. Local Food Production
GIB Credit 17. Light Pollution Reduction