Community Planning Academy

While every community is unique, the elected officials and planning staffs 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 OfficialsThree-day course on March 15 / April 12 / May 10


Course Summary: Demographics and attitudes are constantly changing, not to mention state, federal and local regulations. Many communities face tough decisions about how and where they will grow in the coming years. This course provides citizen planners and community leaders the technical knowledge and leadership skills necessary to successfully envision and plan vibrant communities.

Day One: Friday, March 15, 2019
Introduces the foundations of planning in Georgia and the Atlanta region. This includes a history of land use planning and regulation, an overview of related legislation and case law, a look at current planning issues, and a demographic snapshot of our region.

Day Two: Friday, April 12, 2019
Offers 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, as well as how longevity is impacting the growth of our communities.

Day Three: Friday, May 10, 2019
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 in planning for your community.

Cost: The course cost is $225 per person and includes breakfast, lunch and all workshop materials.

Cancellation/Refund Policy: No refunds will be given for cancellations after Friday, March 8.