Long-range Planning

The Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) is the regional planning and intergovernmental coordination agency created by the local governments in the Atlanta region pursuant to legislation passed by the Georgia General Assembly. Under various state and federal laws, ARC has numerous roles and responsibilities (PDF) regarding regional planning. All ARC work adheres to the minimum planning requirements that guide it. However, ARC staff also seeks to go beyond these requirements in creating integrated long-range regional plans that work toward a common and mutually beneficial set of solutions to the challenges faced by a growing region like Atlanta.

In addition to close collaboration on shared issues that regional plans aim to address, ARC is committed to maintaining working relationships with all of the region’s local governments. Local government planning and implementation is a critical component in achieving regional plans and programs.

The ARC’s long-range plan, The Atlanta Region’s Plan, incorporates all of the agency’s planning areas – transportation, land use, water resources, aging & health and workforce development. The plan was developed with considerable public input via online, phone and face-to-face meetings.

The plan is built on three pillars that define success for metro Atlanta:

  • Providing world-class infrastructure
  • Fostering healthy, livable communities
  • Building a competitive economy

While Metro Atlanta faces tremendous challenges, it is home to many forward-thinking local governments that are up to the challenge of creating a more livable and vibrant region. Only through a comprehensive, integrated planning process can the region maintain its vibrant quality of life, strengthen its economy, meet fiscal challenges, and improve public health and environmental conditions.


For additional information on Long-Range Planning, please contact Jared Lombard at jlombard@atlantaregional.com or Jon Tuley at jtuley@atlantaregional.com.

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