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

ARC plans to hold targeted topical modules in Spring 2021 and the annual Training for Planning Officials in Fall 2021. Check back here in the future for more information.

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. Sessions will also expose participants to the role of planning in areas such as land use; urban design; transportation; natural resources; equity; resiliency; housing; and arts and culture.


NOTICE: Gov. Brian Kemp has extended a public health emergency declaration and a statewide shelter-in-place order for older adults and medically fragile residents through June 12.

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 seeking resources for older persons and individuals with disabilities, contact us at404-463-3333 or visit

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