Archive for July, 2014

ARC Training For Planning Officials: Register Now!

July 24, 2014



Thursday, Sept. 25; Tuesday, Oct. 21; and Saturday, Nov. 22
7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. | ARC Offices | Downtown Atlanta

The landscape of planning in the Atlanta region has changed in recent years. State planning standards have been amended, the economy is growing again, and communities are facing tough decisions on how and where they will grow. This course provides citizen planners and community leaders with the technical knowledge and leadership skills necessary to successfully plan vibrant communities.

The course consists of three parts on three separate days.

Day One – Thursday, September 25
Introduces you to the foundations of planning in Georgia and the Atlanta region. This includes a historical basis of land use planning and regulation; an overview of legislation and case law related to planning and development; as well as sessions on local and regional land use planning and how longevity is impacting the growth of our communities.

Day Two – Tuesday, October 21
Provides critical information on special topics in planning, including how to navigate the complexity of transportation planning and water resource planning given the dynamics of our changing region.

Day Three – Saturday, November 22
Provides guidance on how to make use of all this information on your planning commission, and how to build capacity and exercise effective leadership.

Training for Planning Officials provides valuable knowledge, resources and tools that give planning commission members and others involved in the planning process confidence in making educated, effective decisions to help shape their community.

Registration deadline: September 11, 2014

For more information, visit or call (404) 463-3216.

To register, visit

COST: $225 (includes all workshop materials and breakfast and lunch each day)

WHEN: Sept. 25, Oct. 21, and Nov. 22 | 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

WHERE: ARC Offices | 40 Courtland St. NE | Atlanta, GA 30303

Nominations Now Being Accepted for 2014 ARC Developments of Excellence Awards

July 17, 2014


Through its annual Developments of Excellence (DOE) Awards, ARC honors trend-setting private and public development projects that advance the goals and policies of ARC’s Regional Plan,PLAN 2040. Nominations are now open for the 2014 DOE Awards.

Past winners have been honored for creating developments that exemplify sustainability and exceptional design while leading in urban revitalization, transit accessibility, affordable housing, conservation, and sustainability.

In addition, ARC is accepting nominations for “Great Places.” This category allows nominations for places, streets, communities, neighborhoods, civic spaces or parks that contribute to the Atlanta region’s character and provide choices for where and how people work and live. Great Places are enjoyable, safe and desirable and can serve as regional models for future growth; the possibilities are open.

Finally, nominations are also open for the LCI Achievement Award, which honors a community that has excelled in the implementation of its Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) plan.

ARC wants to hear from you. What is your idea of a Development of Excellence, Great Place or exceptional LCI community that helps make the Atlanta region special? Nominate a deserving project or place by the close of business on Friday, August 15, and mark your calendars for ARC’s annual State of the Region Breakfast on Friday, November 7 to learn the winners.

For more information and to download nomination materials, visit

E-mail questions or completed nomination packets to Andrew Smith at or mail to his attention at 40 Courtland Street NE, Atlanta, GA 30303.

ARC Regional Plan – Online Survey Now Open Through Sept. 30

July 17, 2014


What do you want Metro Atlanta to be like in 25 years? How often do you think about the future of your community? Are there things right now that you want to see get better? What about those attributes about your community that you love?

A new regional survey being conducted by the Atlanta Regional Commission poses these questions and more to find out exactly what you think is important to ensure that Metro Atlanta remains globally competitive, raises the best workforce possible, and continues to be a great place to live. This survey offers regional residents like you a chance to prioritize six important goals identified by the ARC Board: developing a highly skilled workforce; ensuring a secure water supply; building a comprehensive transportation system; creating walkable, vibrant neighborhoods; becoming an innovation and technology hub; and improving access to arts, recreation and a healthy quality of life.

Input from this survey will be used to help ARC develop its Regional Plan of investment strategies and performance metrics that will guide public policies and investments related to issues of transportation, land use, water quality, workforce development, aging and health resources. In short, the Regional Plan is a vision to ensure growth and a high quality of life for everyone in the region. This is your opportunity to have an impact on this regional vision so that you can be sure your community is growing in the ways you want.

The survey is visual, interactive and brief. It allows for open-ended comments throughout, including the ability to suggest new priorities not yet identified. This is the first of three surveys that ARC will conduct over the course of updating the Regional Plan, set to be adopted in the spring of 2016.

This first Regional Plan survey is available at and is open from the beginning of July through the end of September 2014. Over 1,500 responses have already been received from across the region. What do you think should be in ARC’s Regional Plan? Let us know by taking the survey!

Please contact Melissa Roberts, Atlanta Regional Commission, with any questions at or 404-463-3272.

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