The 2020 Spring Conference will take place on

Wednesday, April 15, 2020.

City Springs in Sandy Springs

Registration opens soon.



Registration Type By March 31st April 1 – 10 Onsite
GPA Member $140 $165 $180
GPA Non-member $165 $190 $205
Planning Official $100 $100 $115
Retired/Unemployed $100 $100 $115
Speaker $100 $100 $115
Student Volunteer $100 $100 $100


Can I pay my registration fees with a check?
Yes, you can pay your registration fees by check after you complete your registration online. 

Please send checks payable to GPA to the following address:

Sidney E. Douse, II, AICP
GPA Treasurer
Atlanta Regional Commission
229 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 100
Atlanta, GA  30303

If you pay by check, please be sure that your office/accounting system has our current mailing address. The address changed in 2017, but some systems still have our previous mailing address, while others have even older addresses on file. This has resulted in GPA receiving many late payments by check, which was particularly a problem last fall. 


Keynote Speaker

Sandy Springs Mayor, Russell K. (Rusty) Paul

Spring Forward: How to Grow the Communities We Envision


8:00 AM – 8:45 AM: Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 AM – 10:15 AM: Breakout Sessions 1
9:00 AM – 11:45 AM: Dunwoody Mobile Workshop
9:00 AM – 11:45 AM: Greenspace Mobile Workshop
10:15 AM – 10:30 AM: Morning Break
10:30 AM – 11:45 AM: Breakout Sessions 2
12:00 PM – 1:15 PM: Keynote Presentation and Lunch
1:30 PM – 2:45 PM: Breakout Sessions 3
1:30 PM – 3:00 PM: Sandy Springs Mobile Workshop
1:30 PM – 4:15 PM: Brookhaven Mobile Workshop
2:45 PM – 3:00 PM: Afternoon Break
3:00 PM – 4:15 PM: Breakout Sessions 4
4:30 PM – 7:00 PM: EPG Event (Location TBD)

Mobile Workshops

Dunwoody: From Suburban Shopping Mall to Transit Oriented Development

9:00 AM – 11:45 AM
22 spots available

Transit-oriented development is taking off in Dunwoody. It didn’t happen overnight, but new projects are proving that transit options have real appeal. 

Join us for an inside look at Twelve24, the new headquarters for Insight Global, and Park Center, home to the expanding State Farm campus. Both have bridge connections to Dunwoody’s MARTA station. We’ll also provide a sneak peek of High Street, a $2 billion transit-oriented, mixed-use development breaking ground in the Dunwoody Perimeter Market.

Meet in the lobby of City Springs 5-10 minutes prior to the start time for transportation departure.  This workshop will walk outdoors to all sites listed which are centered around the MARTA station.

The Evolution of Sandy Springs City Center

1:30 PM – 3:00 PM
No fee
40 spots available

When the City of Sandy Springs formed in 2005, no central community hub existed. The City began a very deliberate process to strengthen sense of community and create a city center by building consensus through the City Center Master Plan. This session will combine a brief presentation with a downtown walking tour to explore the planning process and outcomes.

Meet in the lobby of City Springs 5-10 minutes before the start time for departure.  This is a walking tour around the downtown district.

Building Greenspace in a Built-Out Community

9:00 AM – 11:45 AM
20 spots available

As the City of Sandy Springs is built out, greenspace must be intentionally preserved, and new greenspace must often be created from greyfields. This session will be led by Sandy Springs Recreation & Parks and Public Works, as well as those involved in the creation of the greenspaces.  It will consist of visits to several greenspaces in the City of Sandy Springs (i.e., Marsh Creek Rain Garden, Abernathy Greenway Park, Lost Corner Preserve, Heritage Sandy Springs Park, the City Green).

Meet in the lobby of City Springs 5-10 minutes before the start time for transportation departure.  This workshop requires being outdoors and some walking, including on trail surfaces.


From Collaborating in New Ways to Greenways: City of Brookhaven

1:30 PM – 4:15 PM
40 spots available

This mobile workshop will provide a first-hand perspective of the opportunities and challenges faced and innovations achieved in the unique urban environment of the City of Brookhaven’s priority redevelopment areas. Stops include major activity hubs for employment, education, research, and healthcare throughout the city. The workshop will include stops at the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Center for Advanced Pediatrics, the site of the Emory Musculoskeletal Institute, the Emory Sports Medicine Complex/Atlanta Hawks Practice Facility, the Brookhaven/Oglethorpe University MARTA station, and the Perimeter Summit development. The tour will also include a brief stop at the city’s recently opened Phase 1 of the $36 million Peachtree Creek Greenway (known as The Model Mile), which stretches 1.27 miles from North Druid Hills Road to Briarwood Road. 

Meet in the lobby of City Springs 5-10 minutes before the start time for transportation departure.  Greenway stop will include walk to bridge overlooking greenway from office park parking lot.