Regional Excellence Awards

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 11-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.

Check out the video featuring the winning plans and projects from 2021 and read more about winners from past years below.

 The 2021 Regional Excellence Awards winners were announced at the ARC State of the Region Breakfast on November 15, 2021.

Visionary Planning – East Point City Agriculture Plan

The East Point City Agriculture 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, developed by Food Well Alliance with the City of East Point, aims to improve food access by supporting East Point's local growers with funding and programs to help them expand. It was developed using a community-led process that brought together urban growers, residents, and City officials to identify community food system priorities, as well as strategies to achieve those priorities.

Innovative Development – Cottages on Vaughan

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 Cottages on Vaughan is a "micro-pocket" neighborhood consisting of eight "micro-cottage" homes that provides homeownership opportunities in a city where lack of available land prevents new housing from being built. This project was a joint effort between MIcroLife Institute and the City of Clarkston.

Great Place – Rodney Cook Sr., Park at Vine City

The Great Place category was awarded to the Rodney Cook Sr., Park at Vine City in Atlanta. This award recognizes an inspiring space that enhances a community’s character and provides options for housing, employment, or recreation. Created as a joint venture between the City of Atlanta and the Trust for Public Land, the park's two-acre detention pond can capture up to 10 million gallons of stormwater runoff. Amenities include a playground, an aeration fountain, a great lawn, a market plaza, and an amphitheater stage.

Livable Center – City Hall and City Center Park

Livable Center recognizes a targeted project that significantly advances the implementation of a community’s Livable Centers Initiative plan. The City of Fayetteville's new state-of-the-art 34,000 square-foot City Hall building overlooks Fayetteville's City Center Park, which includes greenspace, a playground, and walking paths. The city is also transforming a former high school gymnasium into a multiuse event center, and a former school bus garage into a mixed-used space which will include a microbrewery, restaurant, food hall, and additional event space.

Honorable Mention – Trinity Walk Revitalization

The Trinity Walk housing complex in the City of Decatur is an important example of how existing affordable housing can be preserved - and improved. Decatur Housing Authority invested $30 million in revitalizing the Trinity Walk apartment complex, building 43 new affordable housing units. Features ensuring resiliency include bio-swales on the northern and southern boundaries of the site, which address water runoff, and a rainwater harvesting system which captures rainwater from roofs.