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The Atlanta BeltLine

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Connectivity and Smart Growth

Taking Steps Toward a Connected Atlanta

The beauty of the Atlanta BeltLine initiative is that it accomplishes so many wonderful things. An engine for smart growth, urban redevelopment, green space expansion and much more, it is at its core a conduit for connecting neighborhoods and people in all corners of the City.

Atlanta BeltLine Guidelines

1. Enhance connectivity for pedestrians and cyclists using best practices in Complete Streets design.
2. Optimize interface between public and private spaces for unhindered

Integrated Sustainability

The Atlanta BeltLine encourages transit-oriented, compact development, adaptive reuse and urban infill along the entire corridor and improves connectivity between intown neighborhoods. Catalyzing new development in formerly abandoned, empty or industrial lands with access to transit, the Atlanta BeltLine will counter sprawl in the Atlanta metropolitan area. The hardscape typologies include specifications for spurs, ramps and stairs that allow the Atlanta BeltLine to connect, where possible, to existing pedestrian and bike networks, transit nodes and the city street network. Mixed-use development that engages the corridor with retail access is encouraged.

Environmental Issues Addressed

  • Transit-Oriented Development
  • Brownfields and Grayfields Redevelopment
  • Mixed-Use and Mixed-Income Communities
  • Adaptive Reuse
  • Transit Option

Other Environmental Issues

  • Street Connectivity

Related Metrics

The Sustainable Sites Initiative

1.5 Select brownfields or greyfields for redevelopment
1.6 Select sites within existing communities
1.7 Select sites that encourage non-motorized transportation and use of public transit
9.1 Monitor performance of sustainable design practices

Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND)

SLL Prereq. 1. Smart location
SLL Credit 3. Reduced auto dependence
NPD Prereq. 2. Compact development
NPD Prereq. 3. Connected and open community
NPD Credit 3. Mixed use neighborhood centers
NPD Credit 4. Mixed-income communities
NPD Credit 5. Reducing parking footprint
NPD Credit 6. Street network
NPD Credit 7. Transit facilities
GIB Credit 6. Historic Resource Preservation and Adaptive Reuse