The Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and the Georgia Quality Growth Partnership conducted a Resource Team visit in Grant Park from March 17th to March 20th, 2003. This process brought experts in the fields of architecture, development, urban design, transportation, historic preservation, housing, environmental protection, and city planning to study our community and recommend innovative approaches to improving the economic vitality and quality of life for the Grant Park neighborhood.

The team worked intensively for a few days to develop some ideas and solutions for development in the neighborhood.

Some of the quality growth issues the team looked into include:

  • providing transportation alternatives, such as a flex trolley shuttle, bike & pedestrian paths, or stronger linkages to existing transit;
  • encouraging appropriate infill development;
  • bringing a greater mix of uses into the area, including neighborhood commercial venues and services;
  • preserving and enhancing parks and greenspace;
  • enhancing the neighborhood's voice in the design and impacts of new development projects;
  • enhancing the role and quality of schools in the neighborhood.

The GQGP Resource Team used a variety of methods to gain perspective from neighborhood residents and business owners. A three-hour guided tour of the neighborhood was followed by a workshop where a survey was presented to neighborhood residents. To view documents related to this part of the Resource Team's study, select the links below.

Survey Results, Part One (Word Document)
Survey Results, Part Two (Word Document)
Discussion (Word Document)
Forum Comments (Word Document)

Preliminary recommendations were presented to local stakeholders at the end of the Resource Team's visit on Thursday, March 20th. At a draft proposal on May 29, the DCA again asked for community feedback before preparing a final report which was presented on June 12. For a printed copy of the report, please email Chris Newman. A nominal charge to cover printing will apply to hardcopies.

Select the links below to view or print the final report.

Cover & Introduction
Illustrations 1 - 5
Illustrations 6 - 10
Illustrations 11-15
Illustrations 16 - 20 Compatible Infill Housing
Illustrations 21 - Appendix
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
Appendix D: Live-Work Ordinance
Appendix D: Multi-Family Resdiential Ordinance
Appendix D: Mixed Residential Commercial Ordinance
Appendix D: Neighborhood Commercial Ordinance
Appendix E
Appendix F - 1
Appendix F - 2

Comments? Please send them to Julie Brown, Quality Growth Specialist for the DCA. Other questions? Please email Troy Haworth, GPNA Land Use and Zoning Chair.