By John Schaffner
Projections of Population increases over the next 20 years call for another 24,000 people to be living in Buckhead according to a forecast done by the city of Atlanta’s office Office of Planning.
According to the community assessment report done for the city’s 2011 Comprehensive Development Plan, shows population in Buckhead’s commercial core and northeast neighborhoods (the part of Buckhead in Neighborhood Planning Unit B) will grow by 19,500 residents in 20 years. It is predicted to reach 76,500 residents by 2030, from a present 57,010.
The 34.4 percent increase projected for NPU-B’s area would be the second highest in Atlanta, behind the projected 49.3 percent growth ncrease for the NPU-D area, from 15,500 to 23,140 in 20 years. A portion of the far western area of Buckhead is also in NPU-D.
The mostly residential NPU- A area of northwest Buckhead, , is predicted to grow by 10 percent from 12,980 to 14,280 by 2030. At the same time, NPU- C area of Buckhead, which is defined as the area west of Peachtree Road from around Collier Road north to including Chastain Park, is projected to gain 2,880 residents by 2030, an increase of 15.6 percent.
A small, southernmost part of Buckhead is included in Midtown’s NPU-E area, which is forecast to grow by 6,290 people for a 12.9 percent increase.
“There is a lot more growth predicted in NPU B compared to others,” said Jessica Lavandier, the development plan’s project manager. NPU-B reportedly had a net increase of 7,400 new housing units in the last 10 years.
Even though the forecast is for increases throughout the entire city, the rate will be slowed compared to the city’s previous growth spurts, Lavandier added. .
The report, largely prepared by Lavandier, states, “Over the next 20 years, the rate of growth will decrease from the 29 percent rate over the past 10 years to a rate of 19 percent. From 2010 to 2020, the city of Atlanta population is forecast to increase by 61,030, or 11.3 percent to 599,670,” the report reads. “From 2020 to 2030, the population is forecast to continue to increase by an additional 43,660 persons to 643,330 or 7.3 percent.”