Here’s What You Missed

at the June Breakfast Meeting:

Denise Sterling, Livable Buckhead

  • Updates on the important items that Liveable Buckhead is working on:
  • The number of single family homes has remained stable, but multifamily has changed significantly (100 percent increase) in the last 15 years
    • Multifamily is 60 percent apartments and 40 percent ownership
  • Buckhead is getting younger and older at the same time – lots of families are moving in
  • Jobs-to-housing imbalance: daytime population doubles residential base, 94 percent are coming in from somewhere else
  • Rezoned for the village and commercial core
  • Greenspace plan: added 40 acres of greenspace in the last four years, goal is 106
  • Office recycling program: 100 tons of recyclables are diverted from landfills each month
  • 41 major buildings are participating in the Better Buildings Challenge to reduce energy consumption
  • Alternative transportation: bike share by October
  • Path 400
    • 5.2 mile multi-use trail
    • Connects to the BeltLine near Lindbergh and goes up to old toll-plaza
    • 38 percent complete/under construction by September
    • Part of 285/400 Interchange project
    • Takes the BeltLine outside the Perimeter
    • Extensions will include one up to Sandy Springs and another to the Lenox MARTA Station
    • First ½ mile is being used by a very diverse group of people
  • Master Plan
    • Transportation, development, population, etc. will be looked at for how to prepare for the future
    • First master plan in 15 years

Panelists:
Michael Pelt, MDH Partners – Moderator
Kerry Armstrong, Pope and Land Enterprises
Tim Keane, City of Atlanta
Amanda Rhein, MARTA

  • Atlanta will absolutely grow: Atlanta Region’s Plan
    • Next 25 years:
      • We’ll grow in the 10 county region by 2.5 million
      • Population will diverse (Hispanic population will double)
      • Population will age
      • Changing the permitting process in Atlanta
  • How do you design an Atlanta for the level of development we need for the projected growth?
  • MARTA is partnering with developers to change underused parking lots in great locations into Transit Oriented Developments
    • 6 projects underway right now
  • Is Atlanta still the poster child for sprawl?
    • Indications of change
      • 2010-2014: population increased by 9 percent
      • 2015-2016: City of Atlanta has issued 25 percent of all permits within the region
      • Demand for walkable places
  • We want to make a great city, we have to work together and guide it to make it a better place to live
  • How important is education with millennials eventually having kids?
    • APS is part of the Atlanta Region’s Plan
  • Positive changes
    • ITP will be so different that there won’t be a mass-exodus of millennials to the suburbs once they start having families
  • Is MARTA where it needs to be for TODs to be successful?
    • Goals:
      • Increase ridership
      • Generate new sources of revenue (sale and lease of MARTA land to third party developers)
      • Support local community development and regional economic development
    • Keith Parker has vastly improved MARTA
    • MARTA referendum (expansion/tax vote in November) is important to expand MARTA (tax is expected to generate $2.5 billion)
  • Atlanta Aerotropolis Alliance
    • Airport importance is astronomical – economic engine
  • Atlanta has a lot to do
    • Lots happening privately, but the city needs to be better
      • They regulate a lot of things, but want to align those regulations with what it takes to make a better city
      • More collaboration between private and city
    • City Studio – urban design studio at Ponce City Market to work on design of the city
    • We don’t want to import ideas from other places
    • Realign to concentrate on the architecture of the city
  • Midtown traffic solutions
    • Midtown Alliance is working hard on solving this
    • Well positioned to become a great urban place, but it has to be oriented toward pedestrians/bicyclists/transit
    • Don’t try to make cars go faster like we’ve done in the past – we need to slow them down (for pedestrians)
    • It’s all about safe access and mobility for people and goods
    • Better to have a traffic problem than no traffic at all