plan update 2020

The Atlanta Region’s Plan is a long-range blueprint that details the investments that will be made over the next 30 years to ensure metro Atlanta’s future success and improve the region’s quality of life.

ARC and regional planning partners have prepared a draft update to the Atlanta Region’s Plan, which includes revised regional policies and transportation through 2050. More information, updated policies, and these draft project lists are available below.

The official public review and comment period for the draft of the Atlanta Region’s Plan Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), draft FY 2020-2025 Atlanta Region Transportation Improvement Program (TIP), and the draft Conformity Determination Report (CDR) opens on November 11 and closes on December 13, 2019.

Public comments may be submitted in writing via email or mail, over telephone, or orally at a public hearing scheduled during the regularly scheduled Transportation and Air Quality Committee meeting on November 14, 2019 at 10:30 am.

To see what is in the current plan (approved in 2016), explore the currently adopted policies and projects.

Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) Approval Timeline:

Public comment: 11/11/19 – 12/13/19

Public hearing:

Transportation & Air Quality Committee, 11/14/19 at 10:30 am, ARC’s Conference Center, 229 Peachtree St. NE, Atlanta, GA  30303


  • Transportation Coordinating Committee: 2/7/20
  • Transportation Air Quality Committee: 2/13/20
  • ARC Board: 2/26/20

RTP Legal Notice

Process to Submit a Comment:

The public review and comment period will run through December 13, 2019. ARC must receive comments postmarked by midnight on that date in order to be considered in the official record of comments. A summary of all comments received during the period and responses to those comments will be presented to ARC’s technical and policy committees and the ARC Board for their consideration before taking action on the RTP, TIP, and CDR.

Please address your written comments to:

John Orr, Manager- Transportation Access & Mobility Group
Atlanta Regional Commission
229 Peachtree St., NE
Atlanta, GA  30303

All inquiries and requests for alternative formats of plan materials can be addressed to Melissa Roberts, Atlanta Regional Commission, via or 470-378-1563.

Draft Transportation Plan Documentation

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The Atlanta Region’s Plan 2050 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) draft documentation is now available for public review. This includes the summary plan and various technical appendices and reports. The RTP also includes the FY 2020-2025 Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).

View the Documents

Submit an Official Comment on the Atlanta Region’s Plan

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(must be received by midnight of 12/13/19 for official record)



Visit a Pop-Up Open House and give us your input!

ARC hosted a series of open houses throughout the region. While the open houses have past, information from the regional plan open houses is now available for review.

Host a Civic Dinner and give us your input!

Dig into a discussion about our region’s future with 5-10 people, over a meal. The host guide we provide makes it easy. Raise a glass to the future, whatever may come. Salud!

Play at urban planning and give us your input!

You’ll explore the big trends that a panel of national experts say will impact our future and make choices about where you think our region is headed. Based on your answers, you’ll navigate to one of four alternate 2050 scenarios.

Laugh with Dad's Garage and give us your input!

The teen improv group will perform a show later this year that dares to envision metro Atlanta in 2050, when these teens will squarely be in middle age. Sign up to be the first to know when tickets become available.

So, why does this matter? Feedback from these activities will be compiled to help regional leaders better understand the kind of future that people think we’ll face, as well as their biggest concerns. This feedback will be shared with regional planners and elected leaders to help refine the set of policies that guides the region’s long-range planning work, which includes allocating dollars for transportation projects.

Explore more about the draft updated elements of the Atlanta Region’s Plan below. If you’d like to really peer into the future with ARC, you can also discover more about the key issues – or disruptors – most likely to drive change in the years to come.


Timeline for TARP 2020 Update

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Description of major plan elements, process, and history as part of January 10, 2019 policy committee briefing.

View the Timeline

The Atlanta Region’s Plan Policy Framework

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Adopted by the ARC Board, this framework set a vision and establishes policies to guide the various elements of The Region’s Plan.

Assets and Challenges Facing Our Region

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In preparation for the Regional Development Plan and the Regional Transportation Plan, key assets and challenges facing the Atlanta Region have been identified.

Regional Development Guide

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The Unified Growth Policy Map (UGPM) provides direction for future growth based on the Areas and Places within the region. The UGPM represents local plans as well as The Region’s Plan policies and forecasts. ARC is in the process of working with local communities to update this vision for future regional growth.

Regional Resource Plan

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The Regional Resource Plan enhances the focus on protection or natural, cultural, and agricultural resources, while coordinating efforts to plan for their long-term stewardship.