Plans for PATH400’s route through the Peachtree Park neighborhood are getting tweaked after newer residents were surprised by a design other residents approved years ago.

Four years ago, the multi-use trail was proposed to run along Highland Drive and Ga. 400, connecting to the Gordon Bynum Jr. pedestrian bridge. But some residents had concerns that the route is too steep and tight for southbound bicyclists. So a separate bicycle path was included to run on Park Circle and East Paces Ferry Road.

But when Livable Buckhead presented a plan update with that route at a community meeting last fall, “Many neighbors were surprised and upset,” said Peachtree Park Civic Association president Wes Lyle. The previous discussions weren’t as inclusive as they could have been, and many newer residents weren’t aware of the plan at all, he said.

The civic association now has formed a 40-member working group, representing every neighborhood street, to review the PATH400 route. The votes of residents on the directly affected streets will count more, Lyle said.

“The Peachtree Park community is hashing out how they want PATH400 to come through their neighborhood and we will be responsive to that feedback, as we were the first time they told us what they wanted,” said Livable Buckhead Executive Director Denise Starling. “This is a great example of a challenge with implementing long term projects. People move in and expect to change things that have been in the works for years. It is a difficult balance to strike.”

John Ruch

John Ruch is an Atlanta-based journalist. Previously, he was Managing Editor of Reporter Newspapers.