Avondale Estates Downtown Master Plan

The Avondale Estates Downtown Master Plan was

unveiled in 2014 with enthusiasm and anticipation

from residents. Since then, the City of Avondale

Estates and Downtown Development Authority

leaders have been working on strategies to bring this

big-picture plan to life. Created over many-months

and involving large numbers of residents, business

owners, and other stakeholders, the 2014 Downtown

MasterPlan (DMP) provides an aspirational guide for



The Avondale Estates vision calls for a unique pedestrian-oriented town center with new development that preserves and celebrates the City’s arts and cultural heritage and provides housing and destinations for shopping and services, all within an environment of tree-lined streets, pocket parks, and plazas along with a network of streets with wide sidewalks and bike facilities to provide safe connectivity throughout downtown and to MARTA and surrounding neighborhoods.

2016 Comprehensive Development Plan

The CDP, adopted in 2016, reinforces the principles established in 2014 through the Downtown Master Plan. Its stated goals are to:

  • Protect and enhance the City of Avondale Estates’ historic character and small-town atmosphere while facilitating smart growth and development

  • Leverage the City of Avondale Estates’ unique identity and location in the region to strengthen existing businesses and drive new economic development  

  • Promote an active, healthy community with opportunities for recreation and the enjoyment of greenspace

  • Maintain and expand the range of housing options in appropriate areas to accommodate a diverse population and workforce

2019 Downtown Re-Zoning

The city has contracted with the consulting team, Clark Patterson Lee (CPL) to revise the city's zoning code.

The consultant contract has 3-phases:


1.  Revise the downtown codes to be in keeping with the intent of the downtown master plan,

2. Refresh and update the remaining parts of the code,

3. Update the sign ordinance. 


Public meetings have already begun, and the consultants are on track to have the first draft of the downtown codes in March. The full code rewrite is expected to be completed and adopted in the summer of 2020. The latest information about the revisions can be found on the City's website. 





Presentation from 2/16/20

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