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ARC’s Regional Excellence Awards Recognize the Most Visionary New Developments across Metro Atlanta

Atlanta — Oct 28, 2022

The Atlanta Regional Commission today announced the winners of the 2022 Regional Excellence Awards, which honors visionary projects that are improving quality of life in communities across metro Atlanta.

The 2022 Regional Excellence Awards winners were honored at the State of the Region on Oct. 28, 2022.

Innovative Development

Edgewood – Candler Park Transit-Oriented Development

Columbia Ventures LLC and MARTA

The Edgewood-Candler Park Transit Oriented Development demonstrates how collaborative planning, bold ideas, and stellar execution can transform a community. This development, which includes a vibrant mixed-use complex, was created out of a former parking lot at the Edgewood-Candler Park MARTA station and is part of MARTA’s ongoing efforts to develop parking lots at its rail stations and reenergize neighborhoods.

Visionary Planning

Code Changes and Implementation for a Sustainable Doraville

City of Doraville

Smaller residential lot sizes, housing built along major commercial corridors, hookups for EV charging stations in all new homes, and more multi-family developments. This is what the future looks like for the City of Doraville, thanks to an ambitious effort to update its zoning code. The new zoning code aims to manage growth in a sustainable way and ensure the city continues to work for all residents.

Partners: Atlanta Apartment Association, Doraville City Council, Interstate Renewable Energy Council, Lord Aeck Sargent, Stantec, Trees Atlanta

Livable Center

Stockbridge Amphitheater and Park

City of Stockbridge

The City of Stockbridge has spent the last decade carefully planning and investing to make its downtown a major community destination. Stockbridge’s newly completed Amphitheater and Park have become the beating heart of this fast-growing city, extending the public space around City Hall.

Great Place

Avondale Estates Town Green

City of Avondale Estates and the Avondale Estates Downtown Development Authority

The City of Avondale Estates is a Tudor-inspired planned community known for developments that enhance quality of life for residents of all ages and abilities. With its inviting space for town activities, a designated area for food trucks, and a network of mixed-use path that connects the greenspace to the commercial downtown district, the recently completed two-acre Town Green furthers the city’s dedication to inclusive development.

Partners: Avondale Estates Downtown Development Authority, Avondale Estates City Staff, Fabric Developers, Long Engineering, PDC Solutions, Reeves Young Site Solutions, SOE/Stevens & Wilkinson


The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is the official planning agency for the 11-county Atlanta Region, including Cherokee, Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Douglas, Fayette, Forsyth, Fulton, Gwinnett, Henry, and Rockdale counties as well as the City of Atlanta and 74 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: Aixa Pascual
Contact Phone: 404-234-4143
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