When the North Buckhead neighborhood kicks off its master planning process this month, residents will seek a plan to “look at just about every issue a neighborhood has,” said Gordon Certain, president of the North Buckhead Civic Association.

The neighborhood, located north of Lenox Square, includes some 4,000 homes and more than 9,000 residents, making it Atlanta’s fourth most-populated community.

“Our neighborhood is big and very diverse,” Certain said. “We’ve got high rises and nature preserves, we’ve got modest houses, we’ve got houses you can buy for $2 million. The diversity makes the neighborhood charming.”

But, he said, the neighborhood’s size has caused growing pains. Major roads, except Ga. 400 and the Lenox Connector, have been in place since the 1920s.

“One hundred thousand people work in and around Buckhead,” he said. “We’ve got a neighborhood the street grid doesn’t support. As the neighborhood grows, the traffic gets worse and worse, mostly caused by people who drive through here [from other areas].”

The idea for a master plan came about when an October 2013 survey revealed that work on traffic, zoning, sidewalks, parks and crosswalks were residents’ priorities. But most of that fell outside the association’s control, so its board was unsure how to proceed.

Members of the board began to research the idea of a master plan. Board member Andrea Bennett, familiar with planning efforts of other Atlanta neighborhoods, encouraged pursuing a plan, and the board voted in March to contract with a planning firm.

The master plan will explore issues such as transportation, land use, sidewalks, crosswalks, parks and environmental issues.

The July 15 meeting, to be held at St. James United Methodist Church, 4400 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, is meant to expose residents to the process, not necessarily to start looking at specific projects, Certain said. The meeting is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.

For more information: www.nbca.org.

Ann Marie Quill

Ann Marie Quill is Associate Editor at Reporter Newspapers.

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