Local Communities Tap Regional Resources with Community Choices Program

Contact:  Jim Jaquish
Phone:  404.463.3194
E-mail:  jjaquish@atlantaregional.com

(ATLANTA - Feb 26, 2013)

Today’s slower economy affords local governments an opportunity to implement past plans and to look ahead to their future needs, fostering economic growth, enhancing health and improving sustainability. Unfortunately, surviving in today’s economic climate also means they often lack the tools and the human resources required to implement their plans and policies.

The Atlanta Regional Commission’s (ARC) Community Choices Implementation Assistance program is an annual, competitive solicitation open to all 10 counties and 69 cities in metro Atlanta to help the selected jurisdictions bring their plans to fruition. ARC planners donate their knowledge, time and ideas to the local governments for a specific project or policy.

For example, ARC planners have helped local jurisdictions create zoning overlay districts, review planning documents and policies and recommend updates, analyze review and permitting processes and recommend streamlining procedures and develop design guidelines, among other planning activities.

Jurisdictions must apply for Community Choices assistance by March 15, 2013. Recipients will be notified by April 12.

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 68 other cities.  The Atlanta Regional Commission serves as a catalyst for regional progress by focusing leadership, attention and planning resources on key regional issues.

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