Community Planning Academy

While every community is unique, the elected officials, planning staff, and appointed or “citizen” planners who keep them running serve similar functions no matter the jurisdiction. ARC’s Community Planning Academy (CPA) offers high-quality, cost-effective training to help these planners and decision makers guide their communities to the future they desire.

Upcoming Courses

Training for Planning Officials: April 24, 2020 & May 29, 2020


Training for Planning Officials provides valuable knowledge, resources, and tools that give planning commission members and others involved in the planning process confidence in making educated, effective decisions to help shape their community. Attendees will learn the history and legal foundations of planning and zoning; take a deep dive into the creation and implementation of a comprehensive plan; and engage in interactive modules that teach them how to incorporate best practices in their own communities in the areas of meeting management, preparation, and leadership.

Cost: The course cost is $275 per person and includes breakfast, lunch and all workshop materials.

Cancellation/Refund Policy: No refunds will be given for cancellations after Friday, April 10.


Topical Forums: TBD

Topical Forums will be offered throughout the Summer and Fall, covering some of the most pressing planning topics our region currently faces, including improving mobility throughout the region for every resident, providing sufficient affordable housing for our current and future residents, and creating lifelong communities for our aging population. Training for Planning Officials attendees will receive free admission to these forums. Registration is still required – attendance at the Training for Planning Officials does not guarantee a spot at the forums.

NOTICE: Statewide shelter-in-place order will go into effect Friday, April 3, 2020 through Monday, April 12, 2020. View the executive order. View the guidance and FAQs for the executive order.

The Atlanta Regional Commission office at 229 Peachtree Street, NE Atlanta, is closed to the public until further notice. All employees are working remotely and conducting business operations. ARC employees can be contacted directly during normal business hours. However, if you need immediate assistance call 404-463-3100.

If you are looking to connect with resources and services for older persons and individuals with disabilities in the Atlanta Metro area, please contact us at 404-463-3333. You can also visit to find information.

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