CDTC and the Capital District Regional Planning Commission (CDRPC) are seeking applications for the 2020 Community Planning Technical Assistance Program. The program offers CDTC and CDRPC staff time and expertise to local governments undertaking small scale community planning initiatives. 

Eligible Applicants

Municipalities or municipally convened groups (i.e. appointed committees, planning boards, etc.) within the designated planning area of the CDTC, the four counties of Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady and Saratoga (except the Village of South Glens Falls and the Town of Moreau) are eligible to apply. 

How to Apply

If your community is interested in applying, you must contact CDRPC and CDTC to discuss your request. Send an email to techassist@CDRPC.org or call 518-458-2161 and provide your name, phone number and a time convenient for representatives to call you.

Local Match Requirement

A cash or in-kind match contribution of not less than 25% of the actual project cost is required.

 

 Due to COVID-19, additional applications for planning technical assistance will be accepted on a rolling basis through December 2020.

 

 2020 Program Guidelines
(Updated July 2020)

 2020 Awards (as of May 2020) 

 

 Email CDTC and CDRPC or call 518-458-2161 for more information.  

Project Types 

Eligible community planning assistance includes but is not limited to one or more of the following:

Comprehensive/Neighborhood Planning
  • Guidance in goal setting, plan development and procedural requirements
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Research into a planning issue
  • Identification of innovative solutions to local planning challenges
Community Design Assessment

Evaluate a subsection of a community to consider active living, food choices, transportation choices, public safety, social cohesion, social equity, and environmental health.

General Community Planning
  • Public input and community visioning
  • Meeting facilitation and coordination
  • Surveys and communications activities
  • Training
  • Professional advisement
Land Use Plan Implementation
  • Initiate activities identified as recommendations in local Comprehensive Plans, Linkage Program Plans or other planning studies such as zoning amendments that guide driveway location and access management, groundwater or open space protection.
  • Gather data on vacant properties; re-evaluate PDD requirements.
Data Collection
  • Identify issues and/or opportunities for collecting data
  • Set data collection goals
  • Plan approach and identify data collection methods
  • Collect data
Data Analysis and Mapping
  • Analyze demographic, building permit, and other community development trends
  • Data research and visualization
  • GIS mapping and analysis
Recreation Trail Planning

Guidance on recreation plans, management plans and nonmotorized trail plans. 

Transportation Safety and Operations Planning
  • Crash data analysis
  • Road safety assessments
  • Traffic signal operational analysis
  • Itersection analysis
  • Before and after studies of capital projects
  • Recommendation and scoping of ITS strategies
Zoning and Site Planning
  • Guidance on best practices towards the implementation of planning policies and goals
  • Zoning ordinance audits
  • Development of zoning ordinance amendments
  • Site plan review assistance
  • Planning for development of regional impact