Sustainable Communities Federal Awards 2010
Congress provided $150 million to Department of Housing and Urban Development for a Sustainable Communities Initiative to improve regional planning efforts that integrated housing and transportation decisions, and increased state, regional and local capacity to incorporate livability, sustainability and social equity values into land use plans and zoning. For the Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program, $100 million was available. The grant program is intended to support metropolitan and multijurisdictional planning efforts that integrate housing, land use, economic and workforce development, transportation and infrastructure investments.
Additionally, $40 million was provided for HUD’s Community Challenge Planning Grants, and $35 million for DOT’s transportation planning grants was awarded as part of the National Infrastructure Investments program. The National Infrastructure Investments program is similar to the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery, or ‘‘TIGER Discretionary Grant Program.’’ The Community Challenge Planning Grant Program will foster reform and reduce barriers to achieving affordable, economically vital, and sustainable communities.
Two Regional Planning Grant Awards & Two Community Challenge Grants were awarded:
These three N.C. Communities were awarded federal Building Block Grants: