Highway 138 Design Guidelines

Clayton County

Years Performed:
May 2009

Highway 138 Design Guidelines
Clayton County, Georgia

State Route 138 in Clayton County, Georgia, is characterized by redevelopment areas west of the City of Jonesboro, with single-family residences and large vacant tracts to the east of Jonesboro. This major arterial road is a critical corridor in Clayton County, as it provides accessibility to Interstate 75, as well as nearby cities.
As part of the Zoning Ordinance update, which was adopted in 2008, The Collaborative Firm drafted a zoning overlay district for the Highway 138 corridor in unincorporated Clayton County. In 2009, the Firm was once again engaged by the County to establish design guidelines for the corridor, which would be supplemental to the zoning overlay district.
The Collaborative Firm offers staff with expertise in planning, as well as urban design and architecture. This combination of knowledge and experience proved to be the ideal formula to create design guidelines that would shape future development along Highway 138, and encourage redevelopment where necessary. The Highway 138 Design Guidelines include standards for public spaces, such as streetscaping and multi-use trails; site design standards; and building design standards, such as acceptable building materials, massing and color palette. These standards set a regulatory framework to encourage pedestrian-friendly, mixed-use development along this vital corridor in Clayton County.
Preparation of the Highway 138 Design Guidelines was a community-driven process, with active participation from a variety of stakeholders. This process enabled the Firm’s planners to identify the character preferences, concerns about current and future growth patterns, and priorities of the community, and to tailor the design guidelines appropriately to address each of these items. As a result, the final document was embraced by the community, including residents and representatives of the development community, as well as by the Clayton County Board of Commissioners. The success of the Highway 138 Design Guidelines has incited establishment of design guidelines for other areas in the County.

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