Atlanta Eliminates Parking Mandates Near BeltLine

Developments near the city’s popular greenway will no longer be subject to minimum parking requirements to make way for more effective development.

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February 8, 2024, 7:00 AM PST

By Diana Ionescu @aworkoffiction


Aerial view of Atlanta BeltLine trail with colorful outdoor patio umbrellas and buildings.

Developments around the BeltLine in Atlanta, Georgia. | Aerial Stock Footage / Adobe Stock

New legislation passed by the Atlanta City Council will remove parking minimums in the BeltLine Overlay District, a half-mile zone on either side of the BeltLine trail and light rail system.

According to an article by Josh Green in Urbanize Atlanta, the new rules, introduced by Council Member Jason Dozier, will also ban new gas stations and drive-throughs.

“The theory goes that less space (and less upfront money from builders) devoted to parking will allow more room for less expensive housing, restaurants, shops, offices, and other vibrant uses, while encouraging neighborhood planning focused on pedestrians, not drivers.”

The BeltLine is a 22-mile trail system built around a former railway corridor that opened its first segment in 2008.

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