DOT Press release

A change in how the Fed’s are doing business – a more comprehensive integrated approach to city building. > > > Monday, June 21, 2010 > DOT No. 122-10 > DOT Contact: Olivia Alair > 202-366-4570 > > HUD No. 10-131 > HUD Contact: Andrea Mead > 202-708-0685 > > > > USDOT and HUD Launch Groundbreaking, Collaborative Effort to Create > Sustainable, Livable Communities > > Joint Effort Combines DOT TIGER II and HUD Sustainable Community > Challenge Grant Investments > > U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and U.S. Housing and Urban > Development Secretary Shaun Donovan today announced a groundbreaking > collaborative effort designed to help foster planning for more > livable, sustainable communities – places where transportation, > housing and commercial development investments are coordinated to > better serve the people living in those communities. > > Together, the U.S. Departments of Transportation (DOT) and Housing > and Urban Development (HUD), for the first time ever, will join > forces to award up to $75 million in funding – $35 million in TIGER > (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) II Planning > Grants and $40 million in Sustainable Community Challenge Grants for > localized planning activities that ultimately lead to projects that > integrate transportation, housing and economic development. > > “This joint effort by DOT and HUD is a giant step toward improved > coordination at the state, federal and local levels and reinforces > the Obama Administration’s commitment to finding better ways to make > government work for people,” said Vice President Joe Biden. > “Together, their investments will strengthen communities by > connecting housing and transportation options, increasing economic > opportunities, promoting environmental sustainability and improving > their overall quality of life.” > > “This is another example of the Obama Administration giving the > American taxpayer a bigger bang for the buck. The winners will be > the people who live in communities and have access to travel options > that better serve them,” said Secretary LaHood. > > “This partnership demonstrates President Obama’s commitment to > changing the way the federal government operates by breaking down > silos and making smarter investments,” said Secretary Donovan. “This > is the first time HUD and DOT have worked together to develop a > joint grant program. For the first time, federal agencies are truly > collaborating with each other to make government work better and > build the kinds of communities where families can prosper.” > > The new program builds on the Partnership for Sustainable > Communities, an innovative new interagency collaboration, launched > by President Obama in June 2009, between the Department of > Transportation (DOT), the Department of Housing and Urban > Development (HUD) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). > Guided by six Livability Principles, the Partnership is designed to > remove the traditional federal government silos that exist between > departments and strategically target the agencies’ transportation, > land use, environmental, housing and community development resources > to provide communities the resources they need to build more > livable, sustainable communities. > > TIGER II Planning Grants may be used to plan, prepare or design > surface transportation projects that would be eligible for funding > under the TIGER II Discretionary Grant program. These projects > include highways, bridges, transit, railways, ports or bicycle and > pedestrian facilities. > > HUD’s Sustainable Communities funding will target urban and > community planning projects that foster reform and reduce barriers > to achieving affordable, economically vital and sustainable > communities. Such efforts may include amending or replacing local > master plans, zoning codes, and building codes either on a > jurisdiction-wide basis or in a specific neighborhood or sector to > promote mixed-use development, affordable housing and the re-use of > older buildings for new purposes with the goal of promoting > sustainability at the local level. > > These activities, when done in conjunction with transportation > projects, can greatly increase the efficiency and effectiveness > local transportation, and access to it, while encouraging mixed-use > or transit-oriented development. The program will encourage and > reward areas that are planning more innovative projects that > coordinate housing, economic development and transportation > investments. > > There are a variety of projects that may include component parts > that fall under both the DOT TIGER II Planning Grants and the HUD > Sustainable Community Challenge Grants. Rather than have applicants > proceed through two separate grant application procedures that might > be on different timelines and with different requirements, this > joint notice of funding availability (NOFA) is intended to create > one point of entry to federal resources. > > Examples could include the following: > > • Planning activities that support the development of affordable > housing near transportation through the adoption of inclusionary > zoning ordinances and other activities such as acquisition of land > for affordable housing projects. > > • Preparing or amending local codes and ordinances that prevent the > private sector from developing neighborhoods more sustainably and > inclusively, with housing located near transportation and retail. > > • Planning activities related to the development of a particular > transportation corridor or regional transportation system that > promotes mixed-use or transit-oriented development with an > affordable housing component. > > • Planning activities related to the development of a freight > corridor that seeks to reduce conflicts with residential areas and > with passenger and non-motorized traffic. In this type of project, > DOT might fund the transportation planning activities along the > corridor, and HUD might fund changes in the zoning code to support > appropriate siting of freight facilities and route the freight > traffic around town centers, residential areas and schools. > > • Developing expanded public transportation options, including > accessible public transportation and para-transit services for > individuals with disabilities, to allow individuals to live in > diverse, high opportunity communities and to commute to areas with > employment and educational opportunities. > > Under this innovative program, DOT and HUD will make joint awards, > where appropriate, as well as individual TIGER II planning grants > and HUD Sustainable Community Challenge Grants. > > The $35 million for TIGER II planning grants announced today comes > from the $600 million in TIGER II grants announced by Secretary > LaHood on May 28. The $40 million in HUD Sustainable Community > Challenge Grant funding is part of $200 million in funding approved > by congress in HUD’s FY2010 budget to launch the first ever Office > of Sustainable Housing and Communities. > > Pre-applications are due 30 days from the publication of the Notice > of Funding Availability in the Federal Register. Full applications > are due on August 23. State and local governments, including U.S. > territories, tribal governments, transit agencies, port authorities > and others, are eligible to apply for funding. For more information > on how to apply, please review the notice of funding availability > (NOFA) go to: > > http://www.dot.gov/livability/source/FINAL%20Joint%20Planning%20NOFA%20061810.pdf > > ### > > HUD’s mission is to create strong, sustainable, inclusive > communities and quality affordable homes for all. HUD is working to > strengthen the housing market to bolster the economy and protect > consumers; meet the need for quality affordable rental homes: > utilize housing as a platform for improving quality of life; build > inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination; and > transform the way HUD does business. More information about HUD and > its programs is available on the Internet at www.hud.gov and > espanol.hud.gov. > > > > > > Briefing Room > > >

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One Response to “DOT Press release”

  1. Consider the current Public Works pipeline that will have significant impact on Downtown Minneapolis:

    1) SWLRT Farmers Market Station development
    2) Ongoing Target Station development
    3) Central Corridor LRT implementation
    4)Metro Transit Bus Layover Plans
    5)The most recent conclusions of the City of Minneapolis streetcar planning for a Nicollet/Central Corridor
    6) The growing demand for biking provisions as a form of transportation

    This is the opportune moment to partner with many organizations to create the “Next Generation of Parks” in collaboration with these Public Works projects. As the posted article notes “USDOT and HUD Launch Groundbreaking, Collaborative Effort to Create Sustainable, Livable Communities”. I believe we need to aggressively pursue collaborative efforts to create sustainable livable communities. We should be at the forefront of these efforts.

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