Planners are exploring the use of vacant lots and other open areas to create more green space in north Buckhead as part of the North Buckhead Civic Associations’ development of a master plan for the area.

Caleb Racicot of the planning firm TSW told members of the Buckhead Council of Neighborhoods that there’s also potential to use some of the former Ga. 400 toll area for recreational space.

During the Oct. 9 meeting, Racicot’s preliminary recommendations for the master plan include protecting the single-family home nature of the community, creating more parks and walking and biking options, and addressing the neighborhood’s transportation issues.

Racicot said preserving the current land use pattern and not allowing multi-family housing to encroach into single-family neighborhoods was a top priority. He also said there were opportunities for low-density, mixed-use developments in areas zoned for commercial, and that a recommendation would be made to the city of Atlanta about rezoning changes.

New apartment projects bring total to 9,422 units

Buckhead’s rapid growth is reflected in the rise of new apartments, according to the Buckhead Coalition. The coalition said 300 new Buckhead apartment units were announced recently by Regent Partners, and 351 more were announced by Hanover, bringing the list to 30 different projects totaling 9,422 units.

“Apparently, it’s a direct response to the population growth of 25- to 35-year-olds who presently prefer the flexibility of renting, rather than owning,” Coalition President Sam Massell said in a press release Oct. 13.