Currently MARTA is wanting to develop the MARTA Station Parking lots in to a mixed use development. While the idea is a good one there is concern with the residents that the density they are requesting is excessive for an area where traffic is already a nightmare.
Our zoning for the property allows an RM-75 apartment building on the Dresden / Apple Valley side, Single family R-75 homes in the center on the Apple Valley side and Industrial M class development on the North Druid Hills / Apple Valley side. On the Peachtree frontage the zoning class is C-2 for standard commercial.
When the Brookhaven Overlay was adopted the designation did not match the zoning in place so MARTA now wants to get a designation of PC-2 that will allow 440+ apartments, an 8 story office building (with a 25ft variance to allow for the building to be 125ft tall vs the allowed 100ft), 125 room Hotel, 60K sq ft of Retail, 40K sq ft of civic space and .5 acre enter greenspace. All parking will be in parking garages on the Apple Valley side of the development.
Meeting updates can be found here: Latest Marta Information
3/28/16: Marta has added a report from the Transit Cooperative Research Program regarding the number of car trips produced by transit oriented development projects. They note that researchers found that traffic impact studies based on the traditional ITE manual could be overstating the congestion-inducing effects of TOD-housing by as much as 50%.
Some important things to note:
Washington Metro // 6 lines, 152 stations, System length 117 miles
SEPTA (SE PA) Philadelphia Transit) // 13 lines 153, System length 450 miles
Portland – MAX Light Rail 5 lines 97 stations & WES Commuter Rail 5 stations & Streetcar, System length 74.7 miles
NJ Transit (full state with main concentration of stations in NE corridor studied) 3 light rail with 60 stations and 11 commuter rail lines with 162 rail stations, System length 108 miles
BART System (East Bay San Francisco): 6 lines / 45 stations System length 104 miles, (rank 5th) [miles vs station are higher because of crossing water]
MARTA – 4 lines / 38 stations, System length 47.6 miles
As you can see we are not comparing apples to apples here. Marta does not have the coverage and accessability needed to support these claims. Per Marta's own statement a participation rate of 15% of a census area is excellent and among the highest they can expect so at best there would be 85% traffic generated by any Marta development.
Here are some maps to compare visually:
SEPTA (SE PA) Philadelphia Transit)
Portland – MAX Light Rail/ WES Commuter Rail
BART (East Bay San Francisco)
Marta's Project Page: http://courbanize.com/marta-brookhaven-oglethorpe/
Marta's Application to the City of Brookhaven:
Letter of Intent: http://www.brookhavenga.gov/home/showdocument?id=4676
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