The Consolidated Plan requires that jurisdictions describe the means of cooperation and coordination among the State and any units of general local government in the metropolitan area in the implementation of its consolidated plan. The jurisdiction should consult with adjacent units of general local government, including government agencies with metropolitan planning responsibilities, particularly for problems and solutions that go beyond a single jurisdiction, like transportation, workforce development, economic development, and comprehensive planning.
The Department encourages partnerships that integrate housing, transportation, water infrastructure, and land use planning and the implementation of strategies that provide more transportation choices, promote affordable housing, enhance economic competitiveness, support existing communities, coordinate policies and leverage investment, and value communities and neighborhoods.
The following are some examples of organizations that should be consulted with regard to problems that go beyond a single jurisdiction and some examples of regional planning efforts:
Strategic Regional Policy Plan
The State of Florida requires that each Regional Planning Council develop a Strategic Regional Policy Plan that establishes regional goals and policies that address affordable housing, regional transportation, economic development, natural resources, emergency preparedness, and significant regional resources and facilities. The South Florida Regional Planning Council, for example, coordinates reviews of grant applications to federal agencies and provides comments on proposed plans and projects to assure consistency with the Strategic Regional Policy Plan.
Intergovernmental Coordination | SRPP
Joint Berks County and Reading Plan
Berks County and the City of Reading, PA prepared a joint Five Year Strategic Plan in order to strategically implement federal programs that fund housing and community and economic development activities within the whole community. Recognizing the need for more efficiency and the effectiveness of the various HUD and non-HUD programs, both entitlements have undertaken an effort to increase cooperation between the two community development offices. This cooperation focuses on the sharing of administrative duties, pooling resources and joint decision making.
New York State Consolidated Funding
This website describes New York State’s new consolidated funding application process that will allow newly formed Regional Economic Development Councils to review and rank applications for six state agencies based on a set of regional endorsement
standards. Each Regional Economic Development Council must prepare a strategic plan. Regions submitting the top four regional strategic plans are allocated up to $25 million for priority transformative capital projects and up to $15 million in tax credits. The remaining six regions will be awarded the balance of up to $30 million from the Regional Economic Development Council Capital Fund and $10 million in tax credits to use for their top priority transformative projects.
CFA Application Process
SCAG Compass Blueprint
This website outlines the vision, principles, and tools used by the Southern California Association of Governments that supports a regional consensus and guides regional growth. The Regional Comprehensive Plan serves as an advisory document for preparing local plans and identifies Strategic Opportunity Areas and Priority Areas where projects, plans and policies consistent with the Compass Blueprint principles will best serve the mobility, livability, prosperity and sustainability goals. The Regional Comprehensive Plan Executive Summary contains a description of the relationship of the Regional Comprehensive Plan to the Compass Blueprint and the Regional Transportation Plan.
SANDAG Regional Comprehensive Plan
The Regional Comprehensive Plan (RCP) is the strategic planning framework for the San Diego region. The RCP provides a broad context in which local and regional decisions can be made that foster a healthy environment, a vibrant economy, and a high quality of life for all residents. It balances regional population, housing, and employment growth with habitat preservation, agriculture, open space, and infrastructure needs.
Boston Metro Future
Metro Future is a regional comprehensive plan for the Greater Boston region developed by the Metropolitan Area Planning Council that was developed with the extensive participation of residents, municipal officials, state agencies, businesses, and community-based organizations. MAPC has created demographic and economic projections of the region’s future; a set of 65 specific goals for the year 2030, as well as objectives and indicators we will use to measure progress toward achieving these goals; 13 implementation strategies containing hundreds of recommendations for actions needed to achieve our goals; and a constituency of “plan builders” poised to make our vision a reality.
Chicago 2040 Regional Vision
This website identifies the steps the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP) used to develop its Go To 2040 Regional Vision so the seven-county region can have better transportation, increased economic development, cleaner air and water, more-accessible jobs and housing, and other quality-of-life improvements. CMAP partnered with the Chicago Community Trust to develop a comprehensive key indicators system for measuring and tracking regional quality of life over time.
Delaware Valley Connections Plan
This website summarizes the process and principles used in developing a Regional Plan for a sustainable future in the nine-county Greater Philadelphia area which covers the counties of Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia in Pennsylvania and Burlington, Camden, Gloucester, and Mercer in New Jersey.
Envision Lancaster County
This website identifies the policies and issues that are slated to guide the County’s Comprehensive Plan for the next 25 years. the commission actively engaged the public and local governments. The county worked with municipalities to establish 47 Urban Growth Areas and Village Growth Areas. Good working relationship with municipalities encouraged them to buy into the plan's principles.
Lower Rio Grande Valley Regional Strategic Plan
This plan sets forth regional goals and objectives for a three-county area of 3,072 square miles in the extreme southernmost area of Texas that includes Cameron, Hidalgo, and Willacy counties. The program areas covered by the plan include economic development, health and human services, housing and shelter, education and training, transportation, public safety, homeland security, criminal justice, water resources, and the environment.
Rio Grande Valley Regional Consolidated Plan
This five-year Consolidated Plan and Strategy was the result of an extensive needs assessment and community outreach process conducted by the Rio Grande Valley Entitlement Communities which is comprised of Hidalgo County and the cities of Brownsville, Edinburg, Harlingen, McAllen, Mission, Pharr, and San Benito.
Charlotte/Mecklenburg County, NC
This consolidated plan provides comprehensive overviews of affordable housing, economic opportunity, and suitable living environment strategies. The guiding principles that form the core of Charlotte’s strategy include: targeting investments in low wealth and distressed areas; de-concentrating poverty by promoting sustainable, mixed-income development or redevelopment; leveraging federal, state and local government resources; and planning and creating partnerships and other collaborative relationships with all sectors and stakeholder groups.
Columbus/Franklin County, OH
The Consolidated Plan for Columbus and Franklin County (2010-2014) guides community development funding decisions for the next five years. For the 2010-2014 Plan, the City and County collaborated to gather, update, and analyze data; solicit key stakeholders and collect their input; and develop strategic plan principles and overall goals. The four broad themes used to organize the Columbus and Franklin County 2010-2014 strategic plans are: affordable housing opportunity; neighborhood and target area revitalization; economic development and economic opportunity; and supportive services.
Evanston Consolidated Plan
This plan includes a description of how the City of Evanston consults with adjacent jurisdictions on regional planning issues. City staff work with Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, the Metropolitan Planning Council, on long-term transportation projects such as the Yellow Line Station infill project and the Purple Line Visioning that is currently being conducted by the Chicago Transit Authority. The plan also describes Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Areas submitted as part of this Consolidated Plan to further target resources to the neighborhoods of Southeast Evanston and West Evanston that were severely impacted by the mortgage foreclosure crisis.
Indianapolis/Marion County, IN
The Indianapolis/Marion County consolidated plan prepared by the city Department of Metropolitan Development includes a sections dealing with transportation planning and strategies for investing over $29 million of Neighborhood Stabilization Program funding. The grantee reported 100% of HUD funded housing projects funded are within a 10-minute walk of public transportation. In the Indianapolis region, the City of Indianapolis Department of Metropolitan Development is the designated MPO. The MPO staff is comprised of the planners from the Transportation Section of the Division of Planning with the Department of Metropolitan Development.
Portland/Multnomah County, OR
This consolidated plan was developed by an interagency team representing Portland’s Bureau of Housing and Community Development, the Bureau of Planning, the Housing Authority of Portland, Multnomah County’s Office of School and Community Partnerships, and Gresham’s Community Development Department of Gresham, and Multnomah County small cities and unincorporated areas, and consultation with the Oregon Department of Housing and Community Services, Metro regional government, the surrounding counties (Clark, Clackamas and Washington), social service agencies providing services in Multnomah County, nonprofit developers, and service organizations.
Contra Costa County Regional Consolidated Plan
The city of Richmond, Contra Costa Urban County, and participating cities in Contra Costa HOME Consortium collaborated in the development of a joint regional plan to address the housing and community development needs within their jurisdictions.
The plan included the results of a needs assessment survey for public improvements, public facilities, public transportation, public services, economic development, homeless, housing for special needs, affordable rental housing, and homeownership assistance.
Santa Clara County Regional Consolidated Plan
The CDBG Entitlement Cities of Cupertino, Gilroy, Mountain View, Palo Alto, Sunnyvale, San José, Santa Clara, and the Urban County of Santa Clara collaborated on preparation of their 2010-2015 Consolidated Plans. The plan indicates 21 of the County’s 26 largest employers are within one-quarter mile of a transit station or bus stop, facilitating access to households who rely on public transit to get to work.
State of Utah Consolidated Plan
The State of Utah and its seven regional planning agencies have an excellent working relationship that assures higher levels of consistency between local, regional, and state priorities. Utah has implemented a new EXCEL-based system for local data, needs, and priorities to roll up from regional plans to the state-wide Utah Consolidated Plan.
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