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

Eligible Applicants

Eligible applicants include 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). 

If your community is interested in receiving services under this program, you must contact CDRPC and CDTC prior to applying to discuss your request. Send an email to and provide your name, phone number and a time convenient for representatives to call you. A cash or in-kind match contribution of not less than 25% of the actual project cost is required.


 2020 Awards


A second soliciation may be issued for projects in late summer/early fall of 2020. Contact us for more information.


2020 Program Guidelines

Types of Assistance

Community planning assistance includes but is not limited to:

• Transportation Safety and Operations Planning: Crash data analysis; road safety assessments, traffic signal operational analysis; intersection analysis; before and after studies of capital projects; recommendation and scoping of ITS strategies.

• 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.

• General Community Planning: Public input and community visioning; meeting facilitation and coordination; surveys and communications activities; training; professional advisement.

• 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.

• 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. 

• 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.

• Transportation Safety and Operations Planning: Crash data analysis; road safety assessments, traffic signal operational analysis; intersection analysis; before and after studies of capital projects; recommendation and scoping of ITS strategies.

• 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. 

Project Examples 

NYS Routes 5 and 50 Traffic Data & Case Study Review, Village of Scotia: Provide traffic data related to the intersection of state route 5 and route 50 in the Village. Provide case studies of communities working with NYSDOT on traffic calming and walkable community projects.

Development Growth Trends Analysis, Town of Bethlehem: Provide data on Town development trends, including population and economic analysis, GIS mapping and compare to regional trends.

Farmers Market Best Practices and Feasibility, Village of Menands: Provide data on current access to healthy food, provide information on methods of healthy food provision (i.e. farmers market, veggie mobile, etc.) and participate in village committee meeting to identify options to increase food accessibility.

General Community Planning Assistance, City of Rensselaer: Provide guidance on data needs for economic development planning and toward the update of the Comprehensive Plan. Provide guidance in prioritizing and strategizing implementation of recommendations from various existing planning studies.

Guidance to Support a Comprehensive Plan Update, Town of Coeymans: Provide existing data and base mapping, information on best practices for comprehensive planning, frame a public involvement process and develop a public survey tool.

Balltown Road, Craig Elementary and Schenectady Jewish Community Center (JCC) Complete Streets Project, Town of Niskayuna: Provide traffic data related to the Balltown Road Corridor north of River Road to identify potential non-motorized transportation connections (bicycle and pedestrian facilities) to Craig Elementary and the JCC as well as nearby apartment complexes and other land uses. 

NY Route 50 at Jones Road and Old Gick Road Evaluation Project, Town of Wilton: Provide a technical assessment of traffic data that identify potential feasible alternatives to alleviate heavy traffic and improve safety in the NY Route 50 corridor.