ARC Opens 2013 Community Choices Application Period Today


The Community Choices Program is an agency-wide initiative of the ARC that provides local governments with technical assistance to implement their communities’ unique plans. This is done annually through a competitive application process. Projects from past years include quality growth audits, overlay district standards, and ordinance rewrites, and are archived at

Projects may, but must not always, include a component of public participation or involvement. If selected, Community Choices staff will facilitate the project to completion, which customarily takes six to nine months.

Each application for assistance must be submitted by a local government and signed by at least the chief elected official. The application deadline is March 15, 2013.


Examples of Past Projects

City of Lithonia: In-depth review of Main Street overlay district, along with specific next steps to implement recommendations from Livable Centers Initiative Study and recent Blueprints Report.

Cobb County: Research on how County could implement green building practices in accordance with Green Communities designation.

City of Fairburn: Development of downtown overlay standards, based on Comprehensive Plan, LCI Study and input from local stakeholder committee.

Important Dates

Application Deadline – March 15, 2013
Recipients Notified – April 12, 2013
Assistance Begins – May 2013

For more information and to apply, visit:

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