Atlanta City Council adopts Connect Atlanta components

September 22,2015


The Atlanta City Council has signed off on three planning policies aimed at encouraging more bicycle lanes, transit-oriented construction and cargo-related projects.

Three ordinances council members passed unanimously on Monday are part of the broader Connect Atlanta, a plan city officials began working on in 2012 to steer development patterns in Atlanta.

The transit-oriented ordinance seeks to increase density within a half-mile of existing transit stations, both those operated by MARTA and the new Atlanta Streetcar stops. It will align with MARTA’s transit-oriented development program.

The bicycle ordinance envisions creating 31 miles of new bike lanes along five corridors, including parts of downtown Atlanta, Midtown and Buckhead. The cargo ordinance calls for a study of the current state of freight movement through the city with an eye toward projects that would improve freight delivery