By David Pendered
The Atlanta City Council on Monday is slated to confirm the final four members of the committee that is to review all construction and major renovation proposed along the Atlanta BeltLine.
The four citizen members will join four staff members of Atlanta BeltLine, Inc., who serve by virtue of their office. The city council created the Atlanta BeltLine Design Review Committee March 2 for the purpose of reviewing all developments proposed in the BeltLine’s overlay zoning district.
The four volunteers who were recommended by Paul Morris, BeltLine president and CEO, are:
- Julie McQueen Price, AICP – Urban Planning Professional seat;
- Jeffrey L. Robinson, AlA – Architect seat;
- David M. Hamilton, AlA – Architect seat;
- Johanna B. McCrehan – Atlanta Beltline Tax Allocation District Advisory Committee seat.
The four city officials on the committee include the BeltLine’s director of design; the BeltLine’s program manager; the director of community planning and engagement; and the director of Office of Planning and Community Development.
Developments proposed in the BeltLine district are subject to the same sort of special attention provided to projects proposed in the Special Public Interest District – such as Buckhead, Midtown, Inman Park, and Vine City. The city’s goal in requiring a special administrative permit is to ensure that that new buildings, and major renovations, comply with the broader vision that’s been established for the district in consultation with the adjoining neighborhoods.
Rulings by the BeltLine Design Committee are not binding. However, they are intended to inform the decisions made by officials with the city’s planning department, who will decide whether or not to issue permits.
The committee is to deliver its recommendations to the planning department within 21 days of the receipt of the application at the BeltLine office.
Atlanta Councilman Andre Dickens sponsored the legislation that created the BeltLine design committee.
Here are snapshots of the four nominees as stated in the resumes presented to the city council:
Julia McQueen Price
- A senior planner with Arcadis since 2012, McQueen Price has worked on transportation projects including the I-285/Ga 400 interchange, Cobb County’s comprehensive transportation plan, and DeKalb County’s park pilot program. Previously, she worked for GRTA as a senior planner, from 2007 to 2012. As a senior planner for Marietta, she co-authored the city’s comprehensive development plan. McQueen Price earned a masters degree in city and regional planning from Georgia Tech.
Jeffrey L. Robinson
- Robinson is president of J.W. Robinson & Assoc., Inc. In his 25 years with the company, Robinson has worked with a host of public and private developments. His list of projects includes the parking deck and visitors center at Atlanta Botanical Gardens; Historic Big Bethel A.M.E. Church renovation; Renaissance Walk at Sweet Auburn; several buildings and renovations at Fort Valley State University; Washington Park natatorium; and the West End Performing Arts Center. Robinson earned a bachelors of achitecture degree from Hampton University.
David M. Hamilton
- Hamilton is a principal at Praxis3 Architects. He has more than 30 years experience as an architect and project designer, and has worked as a principal/owner in two studios after serving with Lord, Aeck, Sargent Architecture and Johnson, Smith Reagan Architecture. Projects include Renaissance at Sweet Auburn; Puritan Mill, Phase 2, office and showroom; Capitol Greenway; Decatur Recreation Center; and several buildings for the University of West Georgia. Hamilton has written for ArtsATL on the architecture of Historic Fourth Ward and on urban revitalization in Atlanta for Urban Land. Hamilton earned a masters degree in architecture from Clemson University.
Johanna B. McCrehan
- As urban designer with Georgia Conservancy, McCrehan works on community sustainability where her topics include the impact of school location on community stability, stormwater planning, how the rise in sea level could affect Georgia’s coast, and how small towns can remain competitive amid declining populations. Previously, McCrehan served as an intern with Fulton County to create the 2030 master plan. She served as a contract worker with Goodwill Industries, in Maryland, to transfer data. The Atlanta Business Chronicle included her in its list of “30 Under 30” in February. McCrehan earned a bachelor of arts in architecture from Clemson University.