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ARC Launches 2020 Community Planning Academy for Planning and Zoning Officials


Local planners invited to apply by March 17

Atlanta — Feb 18, 2020

Registration is now open for the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Spring 2020 Training for Planning Officials (TPO). TPO is the first event in a series of educational programs offered by ARC through its Community Planning Academy (CPA). The conference takes place over two days – April 24 and May 29, 2020 and will immerse planning commissioners and staff in the history and legal foundations of planning and zoning, the mechanics of creating and implementing a comprehensive plan, and interactive modules that teach them how to incorporate best practices in their own communities.

In addition to the conference, CPA will also host Topical Forums in the summer and fall for elected officials, planning professionals, and members of other appointed boards. These will provide a deep dive into some of the most pressing planning issues our region currently faces. The knowledge, resources, and tools gained through CPA will help attendees make educated and effective decisions to help shape their communities.

“We spent the past several months re-tooling the program with the goal of creating a curriculum that better prepares metro Atlanta leaders to address land use and development issues in their jurisdictions,” said Sam Shenbaga, Manager of ARC’s Community Development Group. “From fluency in the basics to expertise in a specialty topic, CPA helps planners and decision-makers in guiding their communities through growth and change.”

Registration for the Training for Planning Officials will close March 17, 2020.


The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is the official planning agency for the 10-county Atlanta Region, including Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry and Rockdale counties as well as the City of Atlanta and 73 other cities. The Atlanta Regional Commission serves as a catalyst for regional progress by focusing leadership, attention and planning resources on key regional issues.

Contact Name: Junior Knox
Contact Phone: 470-378-1648
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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.

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