Land Development & Regional Governance

The Center seeks to improve the land development process and the public policy that guides it by fostering public-private sector ventures that promote sustainable strategies for new development and redevelopment.

Research Projects

  • This study explores transportation, green infrastructure, and livability opportunities and constraints in this rapidly growing county in northwest Georgia, between Atlanta and Chattanooga.

  • CQGRD completed 2030 population projections for the Coastal Georgia Regional Development Center in 2006. The projections included the six coastal counties as well as four adjacent inland counties. In addition, projections were completed for all incorporated cities within the 10-county region. The projection methodology used in this study was designed to take into account more recent economic and demographic trends to reflect the unique conditions of this rapidly growing area.

  • One of CQGRD's first projects was to assess Buford Highway, running from the Perimeter to Midtown in Metro Atlanta, and speculate on what a better future could be. Buford Highway is one of the most dangerous corridors for pedestrians in the United States, yet it houses a diverse population that is more likely to walk for transportation. This study explore an urban retrofit by changing the strip from dangerous, dysfunctional highway to healthy, functional boulevard.

  • Completed in February 2003, the project was designed to inform the ongoing regional discussion on land use issues and a growing population. It was undertaken in response to the low-density development that characterized the region's growth patterns in the 1990s. The project constructed and tested three distinct alternatives to future land use planning, including focusing on corridors, centers, or environmental sensitivity.

  • CQGRD is conducting a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) on redevelopment plans for the site of the former Hapeville Ford Assembly Plant in Hapeville, GA. The assembly plant is to be redeveloped as "Aerotropolis Atlanta", with over 6.5 million square feet of office, hotel, shopping and airport parking facilities, as well as a solar energy component. The 122-acre site is bounded by I-75, Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, the new residential development of Asbury Park, and downtown Hapeville. This project is supported by a grant from the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts.

  • Context Sensitive Solutions (CSS) has emerged as a strategy for expanding and incorporating community preferences and environmental considerations into project development and design. CSS is a collaborative, interdisciplinary approach that involves all stakeholders to develop a transportation facility that fits its physical setting and preserves scenic, aesthetic, historic and environmental resources, while maintaining safety and mobility.

  • CQGRD is conducting a comprehensive Health Impact Assessment (HIA) on PLAN 2040, the long-term regional comprehensive plan being prepared by the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC). The ARC is Atlanta's regional planning and intergovernmental coordination agency. PLAN 2040 will integrate multiple aspects of regional planning, including transportation and land use, housing, greenspace, water, and air quality through the year 2040. This project is supported by a grant from the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts.

  • A Time for Leadership presents a new growth-policy framework based on “the four Ps”: patterns, preservation, passages, and places. A Time for Leadership builds on the 2003 report by the Florida Chamber Foundation entitled New Cornerstone, which called for a shift from growth management to growth leadership.

  • CQGRD worked in conjunction with Georgia Tech’s Enterprise Innovation Institute to employ tools, such as a quality growth audit, to identify obstacles to achieving the community's vision for its future and to provide examples and recommendations which community members could use while planning for the future. This study also explored a comprehensive infrastructure management program to help manage growth in a coastal community.

  • The Atlanta BeltLine would convert a 22-mile span of freight railway into a transit and trail loop, surrounded by parks and residential and commercial development. When we start a new development project, are we building a healthy place? How do we understand the health impacts of a new development? To answer these questions for the Atlanta BeltLine redevelopment project, CQGRD conducted a Health Impact Assessment (HIA). A HIA is a collection of procedures and tools by which projects, policies, and programs can be evaluated based on their potential effects on the health of a population and the distribution of those effects within the population. While the HIA tool is widely used abroad, the BeltLine HIA is one of the first conducted in the United States.