I-20 EAST TRANSIT ORIENTED DEVELOPMENT (TOD) COMMUNITY PLAN
The I-20 East Transit Oriented Development Community Plan is a land use and economic development study undertaken by DeKalb County and the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA ) to create a plan for transit-oriented development in the I-20 East corridor.
For more information, contact:
Sylvia Smith, DeKalb County
Greg Floyd, MARTA
Have questions about transit in the I-20 East corridor?
What is TOD?
Transit oriented development (TOD) is physical development influenced by and oriented to transit. TOD is centered around quality public transportation and often includes a mix of housing, office, retail, and other amenities. TOD aims to create a walkable neighborhood and build community. It can, but does not necessarily, include higher densities and multifamily options, dependent on locational context. It generally encourages mobility choice, and helps to improve the quality of life.
Compact, Dense Station Area Development
A Great Public Realm
A Rich Mix of Land Uses
A New Approach to Parking
MARTA TOD PRINCIPLES
What are the benefits of TOD?
Provides better options for getting around
Encourages connectivity between different transit modes
Promotes walkability and an active lifestyle
Provides a space for growth without impacting existing neighborhoods
Creates great places to Live/Work/Play
Offers opportunity to include workforce housing
Increases "location efficiency" to reduce the number of trips and leads to less reliance on the automobile
Creates discernible centers of activity with relatively higher densities
Enhances the public realm
Catalyzes economic development potential and increases adjacent property values
Station Area TOD Frameworks
What is the I-20 East TOD Community Plan?
It is a partnership between DeKalb County and MARTA to create a plan for transit oriented development in the I-20 East corridor. In 2015, the Federal Transit Administration awarded a $1.6 million grant intended to help a high-capacity transit project in the I-20 East corridor compete for federal funding by addressing land uses and economic development. DeKalb County and MARTA each contributed half of the required $400,000 local matching funds for the grant, which was the largest awarded from the FTA pilot program for TOD planning.
Station Area TOD Frameworks
The TOD project team has been working with local residents and stakeholders to develop a community-centered vision for development in the corridor. Based on this vision, market analysis and ouputs from recent and ongoing planning efforts, the project's urban design team has crafted station area plans for affordable, attractive, and transit-supportive development.
Skills & Languages
WHAT I BRING TO THE TABLE
Content Writing & Editing
Through regular events, the planning and design team have met with the project Advisory Committee, public agencies, municipal and community leaders, local property owners and developers, and members of the public.
The project team gathered feedback on project development through Advisory Committee Meetings, Developer Forums, DeKalb County, MARTA, City of Stonecrest Meetings, Public Design Workshops, Public Kiosks, and Community Organization Meetings.
What is equitable TOD?
A people-based strategy combined with a place-based approach to connect people of all incomes, race, ethnicities, and abilities to economic opportunities, employment, services and amenities needed to create healthy, vibrant and sustainable communities.