Chattahoochee RiverLands: Design Guidelines

Metro Atlanta Region, GA
  • Greenway / Streetscape
  • Planning

Following the unanimous adoption of the Chattahoochee RiverLands vision by the Atlanta Regional Commission in 2020, the SCAPE team developed a companion document laying out guidelines—a set of design and material standards for use throughout the RiverLands’ 125-mile extent—to help create a more unified and immersive user experience during its phased construction over decades to come.

Developed in collaboration with the Chattahoochee Working Group and a locally appointed Technical Advisory Committee, its recommendations are broken out into a wide range of elements both macro (including identifiable trail typologies, mobility requirements, universal access and ADA compliance) and micro (including material selection, signage, and furnishings) in scale.

The document also articulates detailed technical standards for trail construction in alignment with national, state, and local precedents and requirements, including safety measures for cyclists and pedestrians, universal access recommendations, long-term maintenance and sustainability considerations, and more. Ultimately, the Design Guidelines are essentially a playbook for the state agencies, local governments, engineering and design teams, and trail organizations who will build, operate, and maintain component sections of the RiverLands—a strong, identifiable identity that provides optionality for the greenway’s construction over time.

Learn more:


  • Trust for Public Land (TPL)


Gresham Smith
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