Protection of Greenspace and Cultural Resources

As a Regional Commission, ARC must prepare and adopt a Regional Plan to meet federal transportation planning rules as well as minimum standards and procedures for regional planning developed by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA). One component of this Regional Plan, as required under DCA rules, must be a plan for the protection and management of regional resources and a review of activities potentially impacting these resources.

With the wealth of historic, cultural and natural resources in the Atlanta region, the Regional Resource Plan is designed to enhance the protection and management of these amenities while planning for their place as a part of our sustainable future. Resources identified as Regionally Important have been incorporated as Areas Requiring Special Attention in ARC's PLAN 2040, and the plan will be used to coordinate the activities and planning efforts of local governments, land trusts and conservation and environmental protection groups in the region--as well as plans and activities of state agencies--toward the protection and management of the identified Regionally Important Resources.

View the following resources:

2011 Draft Update of PLAN 2040 Regional Resource Plan Available for Review

The 2011 draft update of the PLAN 2040 Regional Resource Plan is now available for review. The Resource Plan Summary Sheet (PDF) provides details of areas that have been updated in 2011. The draft updated Regional Resource Plan (PDF) and Regionally Important Resources Map (PDF) are also available for review.

2012 Atlanta Regional Historic Preservation Forum

The Atlanta Regional Commission recently initiated the first in a series of Forums to convene historic preservation professionals and interested parties around regional preservation issues. For more information, visit the Historic and Cultural Resources page.


For additional information on Regional Greenspace and Historic and Cultural Resource planning, please contact Allison Duncan at

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