Led by Commissioner Tim Keane, the City of Atlanta Department of Planning and Community Development is embarking on a unique city-wide planning effort. A key component of the project includes the Urban Ecological Framework (UEF) – the purpose of which is to establish a natural context for Atlanta’s growth and development and to determine what aspects of nature in Atlanta should be preserved, restored, and accentuated by the public realm.

RVi was part of the team selected to implement the project and will be supporting the prime contractor, Biohabitats, in this endeavor. Biohabitats has more than 30 years of experience leading conservation teams on more than 1,000 projects across the country. They are passionate about restoring ecosystems and directing healthy land development, and they have previously teamed with RVi on projects like the Westside Quarry Park and Preserve. Our firm is excited for the opportunity to support the City of Atlanta’s efforts to develop a long-term plan for the sustainable growth of the city.

As the project moves forward, the UEF will evaluate and inventory the City’s natural environs, including rivers and creeks, forest and tree canopy, ridges and watersheds, public and private green spaces, and other features that encompass and define the City’s existing landscape. This inventory will help to cultivate a better future condition for Atlanta’s environment, including high-level recommendations about future green spaces, green connections, and green policies. The goal is to develop an overall vision and implementation plan for a comprehensive and interconnected system of functional green spaces. The plan also intends to identify areas of opportunity for increased density that can take advantage of these green connections as well as other alternative modes of transportation, such as walking, bicycling, and transit.

In an article posted by the SaportaReport in July, Atlanta’s commissioner gives the public an idea of what specifically this project may entail: “…Keane talked about using our natural corridors, such as our forgotten streams, and making them accessible and attractive for people to enjoy. And he described Atlanta’s large green clusters outside the city’s core as ‘the lungs of the city.’ The plan likely will further the idea of a Chattahoochee park and greenway area within the City of Atlanta as well as continuing the efforts to improve other amenities, such as the South River, Proctor Creek.”