Engaging the Public to Help Address Key Regional Issues
Metro Atlanta is a dynamic, fast-growing place, with an increasingly diverse population that holds a wide range of viewpoints and perspectives about the region.
It’s critically important that the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) receives robust public input to ensure that the agency’s long-range plans reflect the region’s needs and desires. ARC also strives to provide resources to help community members understand key issues and challenges facing the Atlanta region.
There are many ways to engage with ARC and have your voice heard. It’s critical that ARC engages with a diverse group of residents and stakeholders.
How to Get Involved
How to Stay Informed
ARC’s Community Engagement Efforts
Metro Atlanta Speaks
Each year, ARC and its community partners conduct the Metro Atlanta Speaks public opinion survey to take the pulse of metro Atlanta residents and help guide the region’s planning and decision-making.
Community Engagement Network
Every other week, ARC sends the Community Engagement Network e-newsletter to inform subscribers about upcoming public engagement meetings and events throughout the region. The newsletter also includes resources and tips useful for public engagement strategies, with a focus on transportation information. Sign up today.
Transportation Equity Advisory Group
ARC places an emphasis on regional equity and inclusion to ensure that both policy and public engagement opportunities are inclusive of a broad range of people and perspectives, with a particular emphasis on disadvantaged and underrepresented populations.
ARC’s UPDATED Regional Transportation Community Engagement Plan
To guide ARC’s regional transportation planning public participation process, ARC maintains a Regional Community Engagement Plan. This plan serves as 1) a regional planning community engagement guide for the public; 2) as the official participation policy for transportation planning for ARC; and 3) as an ARC response to the U.S. Department of Transportation directive to develop a participation plan for the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).
This plan has been revamped into a series of user-friendly, graphical modules, customized for various audiences. It is hoped that this plan, updated into this series of guidebooks will serve as a useful tool for advocates, neighborhood groups and the general public, as well as, elected officials, and transportation planning staff.
The Regional Transportation Community Engagement Plan for the Atlanta Metropolitan Region consists of the following modules:
- Resident’s Guide to Regional Transportation Planning
- A Guide to Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) Basics
- Community Engagement Values, Techniques and Process
- CEP 2019 Update and Engagement Process Appendix
Community Engagement Resources
- ARC’s Policy for Citizen Input
- The Atlanta Region’s Plan — Community Engagement
- Title VI Plan & Program
- Limited English Proficiency Plan
- Regional Equity & Inclusion
- New Voices Initiative
ARC is committed to enforcing the provisions of Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and taking positive and realistic affirmative steps to ensure the protection of rights and opportunities for all persons affected by its programs, services, and activities.