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What Do You Think of HUD’s Sustainable Communities Planning Grants?

What Do You Think of HUD’s Sustainable Communities Planning Grants?
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is requesting feedback by March 12, 2010, on its Sustainable Communities Planning Grants Program. The goal of this program is to support multi-jurisdictional regional planning efforts that integrate housing, economic development, and transportation decision making in a manner that empowers jurisdictions to simultaneously consider the interdependent challenges of economic growth, social equity and environmental impact.
The program will make $100,000,000 available to support the integration of housing, transportation and land use planning. Three funding categories are being considered:
  • Funding to support the preparation of regional plans for sustainable development that address housing, economic development, transportation, and environmental quality in an integrated fashion where such plans do not currently exist
  • Funding to support the preparation of more detailed execution plans and programs to implement existing regional sustainable development plans that address housing, economic development, transportation, and environmental quality in an integrated fashion
  • Implementation funding to support regions that have regional sustainable development plans and implementation strategies in place and need support for a catalytic project or program that demonstrates commitment to and implementation of the broader plan

HUD is seeking input from state and local governments, regional bodies, community development entities, and a broad range of other stakeholders on how the program should be structured in order to have the most meaningful impact on regional planning for sustainable development.

Feedback will permit HUD and its partners to better understand how this program can support cooperative regional planning efforts that integrate housing, transportation, environmental impact, and economic development.

HUD will award funding by soliciting proposals for the program after consideration of comments obtained through the advance notice and in outreach sessions.

Comments must be received or postmarked no later than midnight Eastern Standard Time on Friday, March 12, 2010. Submit comments to


For more information, read HUD’s Advance Notice and Request for Comment