ARC’s Community Choices Program to Help Five Communities Implement Visions

(ATLANTA, April 13, 2012)The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) will provide planning and technical assistance to five communities around the region, helping them reach their respective quality-growth visions. Each year, through the Community Choices program, ARC provides cities and counties with the tools, resources and strategies needed to implement the unique plans they have for their communities.

ARC Community Choices communities and projects selected for 2012 are:

City of Duluth – Assistance with reviewing and revising the downtown overlay district, to include adding quality growth components promoted in the city’s comprehensive plan.

City of Lithonia – An in-depth review of the Main Street Overlay District to check for implementation of the adopted Livable Centers Initiative study and recent Blueprints process, including revisions to the overlay as needed.

City of Morrow – Audit of commercial zoning districts and assistance in creating an implementation plan for a rewrite of the city’s zoning ordinance.

City of Pine Lake – Quality growth audit, comparing the city’s comprehensive plan and other planning documents to its adopted ordinances and policies.

City of Powder Springs – A review of the city’s development and permitting processes, including a comparison to three peer local governments.

“This is a great list of projects from across the region, and this assistance represents ARC’s commitment to help local governments implement their plans in efficient ways,” said Doug Hooker, ARC Executive Director. “And it doesn’t stop here. The lessons we learn through the Community Choices program will also be passed on to other communities in the future.”

The Community Choices program provides a broad range of tools, resources and technical assistance to help communities shape more vibrant futures.  The goal is to assist local governments with making appropriate, long-term decisions about where, when and how they should grow in order to achieve their community’s unique vision.

For more information on the Community Choices program, visit

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