Using Historic Preservation to Maintain Neighborhood Diversity

What You'll Learn

  • Explore ways a historic district can create common ground for preservationists, residents, developers, public agencies, and others.
  • Learn how to talk with the public about complex zoning and preservation ideas in an understandable way that allows meaningful input.
  • Identify and protect key physical features that define "place" while allowing significant new development through a context-based approach.

More Course Details

Get tools to discuss and balance neighborhood preservation and growth, especially if you're a planner in a high-growth city. Learn to expand the preservation dialog from one focused on buildings and events to one that also preserves diverse residents and businesses, all without closing the door to new development in the face of a severe citywide housing shortage. Process tools include workshops, building diverse coalitions for a "new type of historic district," visualization of zoning entitlements, and detailed online surveys related to what features should be protected. Regulatory tools include making nonconforming "missing middle" housing legal again, making the demolition of affordable units for luxury developments illegal, creating a "sliding scale" of lot metrics for nonconforming lots, and adding new housing units on formerly single-family lots without compromising their "character." Learn about standards and processes crafted with affordability in mind and inclusionary zoning requirements adjacent to the Atlanta BeltLine greenway and transit corridor.

Atlanta's single-family zoning is tied to historic racist and classist policies that still shape the city and make anything else illegal in many neighborhoods. Learn how renters and homeowners united behind a goal of protecting one neighborhood's mix of "nonconforming" housing while promoting diverse new housing types.