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The Community Planning Academy (CPA) offers high-quality, cost-effective training and workshops to appointed citizen planners, local elected officials and local government employees. CPA provides planners and decision-makers with tools to make effective decisions regarding their community's future.



Upcoming Courses

Training for Planning Officials

Fall 2017 Course - 3 Parts on 3 Days - Exact Dates TBD

The landscape of planning in metro Atlanta has changed in recent years. State planning standards have been amended, the economy is growing again, and communities in many parts of the region are facing tough decisions on how and where they will grow. This course provides citizen planners and community leaders with the technical knowledge and leadership skills necessary to successfully plan vibrant communities.

The course consists of three parts on three separate days, from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day.

Day One
Introduces you to the foundations of planning in Georgia and the Atlanta region. This includes a historical basis of land use planning and regulation; an overview of legislation and case law related to planning and development; and sessions on contemporary issues in local and regional planning and how longevity is impacting the growth of our communities.

Day Two
Offers a demographic snapshot of the region and provides critical information on more special topics in planning, including how to navigate the complexity of transportation planning and natural resource planning given the changing dynamics of metro Atlanta.

Day Three
Provides focused guidance on how to make use of course information in the activities of your planning commission, and how to build capacity and exercise effective leadership.

Training for Planning Officials provides valuable knowledge, resources and tools that give planning commission members and others involved in the planning process confidence in making educated, effective decisions to help shape their community.

Cost: The course cost is $225 per person and includes breakfast, lunch and all workshop materials.

Cancellation Policy: No refunds will be given for cancellations after the registration deadline.




Custom Programs
From being able to navigate the regional and local tools of planning and development to managing meetings effectively, training is an important need among local governments. ARC can help provide customized training for local government employees or officials. Please contact Andrew Smith at or 404-463-5581 for more information.

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