Archive for September, 2015

Registration Open for ARC Community Planning Academy “Training for Planning Officials”

September 9, 2015

Registration is now open for the ARC Community Planning Academy Fall 2015 course, “Training for Planning Officials.” This class is targeted at citizen planners (e.g., members of planning commissions, zoning review boards, etc.), local government planning staff and elected officials in the Atlanta region.

The course consists of three parts on three separate days, from 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m. each day:

  • Friday, October 16
  • Monday, November 16
  • Monday, December 14

Course Description:

The landscape of planning in metro Atlanta has changed in recent years. State planning standards have been amended, the economy is growing again, and communities in many parts of the region 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.

Day One – Friday, October 16 – 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
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; and sessions on contemporary issues in local and regional planning and how longevity is impacting the growth of our communities.

Day Two – Monday, November 16 – 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Offers a demographic snapshot of the region and provides critical information on more special topics in planning, including how to navigate the complexity of transportation planning and natural resource planning given the changing dynamics of metro Atlanta.

Day Three – Monday, December 14 – 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Provides focused guidance on how to make use of course information in the activities of your planning commission, and how to build capacity and exercise effective leadership.

To learn more about the course and to register, visit

2015 Developments of Excellence Nomination Period Closes This Friday 9/4

September 1, 2015

Each year, the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) honors trend-setting private and public development projects, as well as places that improve the region’s quality of life, through the Developments of Excellence Awards.

ARC is still accepting nominations in the following categories through close of business this Friday, Sept. 4.

  • Development of Excellence – projects that exemplify exceptional design and sustainability while contributing to regional goals such as urban revitalization, transit accessibility, affordable housing and economic development.
  • Great Places – places such as neighborhoods, streets, civic spaces or parks that contribute to the Atlanta region’s character and provide choices for where and how people work and live.
  • LCI Achievement Award – developments or projects that significantly advance the implementation of a community’s Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) plan. This award may also go more generally to an entire community that has excelled in the implementation of its LCI plan.

To learn more and submit a nomination, visit ARC’s Developments of Excellence webpage.

Again, nominations are due on Friday, Sept. 4.

Winners will be announced at ARC’s annual State of the Region Breakfast on Friday, Oct. 30.

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