is a summary of a report that resulted from months of meetings by
“an unstructured open assembly by lay individuals representing Village
property owners, nearby neighborhood activists, city planners, area
elected officials, civic leadership and others.” The findings have not
been recommended by any formal organization. “It is probable, in fact,
that none of the participants subscribe to every proposal … but it is
hoped everyone will find some good ideas in [the] contents.”
Village is an eclectic mix of scale and activity. Never planned as an
urban area, it has grown haphazardly around service-oriented
establishments that cater to the automobile more than the pedestrian.
Nevertheless, the Village has taken on a mystique as a premier destination
for dining, entertainment and shopping.
key concept is the protection and enhancement of brand identity for the
Village. This will be especially important as the mixed-use development at
the MARTA Lindbergh station comes online.
neither the applicable zoning classifications for individual parcels nor
the city’s Comprehensive Development Plan promote a synergistic approach
to development in Buckhead. Too often, isolated, stand-alone fortresses
with lack of attention to urban design quality have been the result.
commercially zoned land in Buckhead is some of the city’s most valuable
real estate. It is unreasonable to believe that development of this land
can be prevented. However, current zoning entitlement for the Village
would allow for a density and character with a negative impact on current
businesses and Village residents, as well as surrounding neighborhoods.