On November 6, 2016, the Atlanta City Council adopted legislation drafted by then Councilman Kwanza Hall to adopt the Midtown Garden District Master Plan into the City’s CDP. The Comprehensive Development Plan (CDP) is a guide to the growth and development of the City of Atlanta. It sets forth the development vision, policies and an implementation plan for the City and its neighborhoods for the next 20 years.
“I am grateful to my colleagues for supporting the Midtown Garden District Master Plan,” said Hall. “This is the culmination of more than a year of work, led by Lord Aeck Sargent in partnership with the Midtown Neighbors’ Association, involving residents and stakeholders, dozens of public workshops and focus group meetings, and a two-month online survey.” Hall added that, with today’s vote, all neighborhoods in Atlanta City Council District 2 now have formally approved master plans or historic district zoning guidelines. The Midtown Garden District was the only District 2 neighborhood without such a plan.
The Midtown Garden District is bounded by 10th Street, Ponce de Leon Avenue, Piedmont Avenue and Lakeview Avenue. The district is characterized by early twentieth-century historic homes, mid-century apartment buildings, a compact street grid, rolling topography and an extensive mature tree canopy. In 1999, it was added to the National Register of Historic Places. The Midtown Improvement District, which makes up the other half of the Midtown neighborhood, is guided by the Midtown Blueprint Master Plan. The combined districts make up the Midtown community of residents represented by Midtown Neighbors’ Association.
“We are very pleased to see the master plan for the Midtown Garden District approved by City Council and adopted into the CDP,” said Tony Rizzuto, then President of the Midtown Neighbors’ Association. “We now have a solid plan for this section of Midtown that includes an aspirational vision and prioritized projects. The plan identifies the need for storm water infrastructure improvements, green space expansion, and crosswalk, sidewalk and accessibility upgrades. It also proposes streetscape design guidelines, Complete Street designs for Piedmont Avenue and Monroe Drive, traffic calming on Argonne Avenue and improved connections to the Atlanta BeltLine. Having the projects identified and added to the CDP is the first step in making our vision of Midtown a reality.”