Community Planning Academy

While every community is unique, the elected officials, planning staff, and appointed or “citizen” planners who keep them looking forward serve similar functions. ARC’s Community Planning Academy (CPA) offers high-quality, cost-effective training to help these planners and decision-makers engage with stakeholders and lead their communities to achieve future goals.

Upcoming Courses

2023 Training for Planning Officials: 3-Part Series on March 24, April 21, and May 12, 2023

This training provides knowledge, resources, and tools that give local planning commission members and others involved in the planning process confidence in making educated, effective decisions to help shape their communities. Attendees will learn about the history and legal foundations of planning and zoning; the creation and implementation of a comprehensive plan; and how to incorporate best practices in their own communities in meeting management, preparation, and leadership. Sessions will also expose participants to the broader role of planning in the Atlanta region in functional areas such as land use; urban design; transportation; natural resources; equity; resiliency; housing; and arts and culture.

Registration will close on Friday, March 10 at 11:59 PM.

Past Courses

2022 Training for Planning Officials: April-May 2022

2021 Economic Development 101: June 2021

ARC’s Community Planning Academy was pleased to offer Economic Development 101, a foundational training designed to assist planners and community stakeholders alike with their understanding of economic development. The success of planning and economic development go hand-in-hand. By exploring goals, tools, and activities related to economic development, we found common ground and opportunities to better connect planning and economic development efforts.

Economic Development 101

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