By John Schaffner

Fewer than a dozen Buckhead stakeholders showed up for the first of two public workshops Sept. 10 to discuss a possible expansion and update of the Special Public Interest (SPI-9) district, which includes The Streets of Buckhead, to take in the West Village, Piedmont Corridor, and farther north and south along the Peachtree Road corridor.

During this fall, a team of consultants will assist the Buckhead Community Improvement District (CID), in cooperation with the Buckhead Alliance, Neighborhood Planning Unit-B, the Buckhead Area Transportation Management Association (BATMA) and the city of Atlanta to review, update and potentially extend zoning and development regulations through the greater Buckhead Village area.

The effort will include an evaluation of conditions in this larger area through a series of public and advisory committee meetings and will address issues such as public space and design standards for quality development in and around the Buckhead Village overlay district.

According to CID Executive Director Scotty Greene, the update will not substantially alter development rights in terms of potential uses, but it will seek to provide incentives to create a more integrated, dynamic, walkable and cohesive district, possibly stretching from Piedmont Road west to East Andrews and south to possibly Rumson Road along Peachtree.

Working with the study sponsors is a consulting team that includes Urban Collage, an Atlanta-based urban design firm that develops land-use and zoning plans; Kimley-Horn & Associates of Atlanta, a nationally known transportation planning firm; development and zoning code experts Jordan, Jones & Goulding; real estate advisory firm RCLCo; and the Troutman Sanders law firm.

At the Sept. 10 public workshop at the Atlanta International School, small groups of attendees were asked to take maps of the area, which showed present zoning and land uses, and to identify issues and opportunities for the area.

Much of the emphasis is on seeking to ensure more consistent and compatible mixed-use and walkable development along with variety and visual interest.

In addition to Greene and project coordinator BATMA Executive Director Denise Starling, those attending the first public workshop included Coro Realty Advisors President John Lundeen; Peter Pelt, vice president of development for Equity One Realty & Management SE; and Neighborhood Planning Unit-B Development and Transportation Committee chair Sally Silver.