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

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

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