Regional Excellence Awards

Regional Excellence Awards Application Now Open!

ARC’s Development of Excellence Awards are now the Regional Excellence Awards - this new name reflects the wide scope of outstanding planning and development work that this award recognizes.  

ARC’s Regional Excellence Awards recognize planning and development projects in metro Atlanta that that enhance the surrounding community and support the goals and policies of the Atlanta Region’s Plan, metro Atlanta’s long-range, comprehensive blueprint.

Developers, local governments, and other organizations are awarded Regional Excellence Awards for visionary planning and innovative design projects that make the 10-county Atlanta region a better place to live, work, and play — improving quality of life, transit accessibility, housing affordability, and economic development, all while advancing social equity and community resiliency.

Applications for the 2021 Awards are due August 3, 2021. ARC will recognize winners in the following categories at this year’s State of the Region event on Nov. 16.

Check out the video featuring the winning plans and projects from 2020 and read more about winners from past years below.

 The 2020 Development of Excellence Awards winners were announced at the ARC State of the Region Breakfast on November 13, 2020.

Visionary Planning – North Point Placemaking Plan

The North Point Placemaking Plan won in the Visionary Planning category, which honors state-of-the-art planning initiatives that will achieve lasting progress in the community. The plan aims to transform a six-hundred-acre area between GA-400 and Big Creek Greenway from an auto-dominated environment into a walkable, mixed-use district.

Innovative Development – Adamsville Place

This category recognizes a cutting-edge development that contributes to the region’s advancement and supports the goals and policies of the Atlanta Region’s Plan. The winning Adamsville Place development fills an important need in south Fulton County, providing 300 affordable housing units, a health center, and a charter school, all serviced by an onsite MARTA bus stop.

Great Place – Powder Springs LCI Implementation: Town Green and Historic Building Renovations

The Great Place category was awarded to the Powder Springs LCI Implementation: Town Green and Historic Building Renovations. This award recognizes an inspiring space that enhances a community’s character and provides options for housing, employment, or recreation. The City of Powder Springs utilized an LCI implementation grant to renovate and expand its Town Green to more than double its size. The project also includes the rehabilitation of three nearby buildings for new restaurant and retail uses.

Livable Center – Decatur East

Livable Center recognizes a targeted project that significantly advances the implementation of a community’s Livable Centers Initiative plan. Built on a former parking lot at the Avondale MARTA station, Decatur East transforms the concrete lot into a bustling mixed-use, Transit-Oriented Development with an affordable housing component.

Honorable Mention – The Park at Highway 29 Ballfields

The Park at Highway 29 Ballfields began as an idea for developing an urban park project that would catalyze revitalization in Union City. The project included the renovation of an athletic field, extensive landscaping, and development of an amenities area. Redevelopment of the park led to the construction of a community center, resulting in a sense of place for Union City and a safe place for kids to play and residents to socialize.

Regional Excellence Awards Nomination

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  • Please include County, City (if applicable), Street Address or Nearby Intersection.
  • Visit the Atlanta Region's Plan web site at for more information.
  • Social equity refers to just and fair inclusion into a society in which all can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential. Equitable policies and programs address the harm from past planning outcomes and eliminate present and future harm to people of color, minority communities, older adults, disabled persons, the LGBTQ community, etc.
  • Community resiliency refers to the capacity for individuals, communities, institutions, businesses, and systems to survive, adapt, and grow, no matter what kinds of chronic stresses & acute shocks they experience.
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    Please share with us any supporting documentation that will give our jury the best visual representation of this project. All digital files should be limited in page size to 8.5 x 11 and 2MB or less per image. All files should be uploaded as a single ZIP file. Please limit supporting documentation to 10 PDF pages, max. There is a 100MB upload size limit. For instructions on how to compress (ZIP) a file, visit: