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Document for a MA planning commission on promoting Agenda 21

Document for a MA planning commission on promoting Agenda 21

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 SRPEDD January 2013 DLTA Solicitation Page 1 of 5
ePermitting solutions including on-line Buildingand Health Dept permits
Savings on purchasing capital items andconsumables
Permit Guidebooks for prompt and predictablepermitting
Bylaw amendments to implement growth plansSRPEDD has FundingTo Develop and ImplementProjects for your City or Town
The District Local Technical Assistance (DLTA) Program,
fundedstatewide at $2 million for FY 2013 by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and thelegislature, allows Regional Planning Agencies to provide much needed technicalassistance to their member communities. This funding allows SRPEDD to assist citiesand towns with projects that;
Assistance with planning for growth or implementing a growth plan; or,
Develop Municipal Partnerships that encourage municipalities to work togetherto achieve and/or enhance cost-effective service delivery; or,
Create and sustain ongoing collaboration/consultation on issues affecting themunicipalities.
 SRPEDD January 2013 DLTA Solicitation Page 2 of 5
Use of Funds
This year the District Local Technical Assistance (DLTA) program’s focus is onadvancing regional partnerships, planning ahead for growth, and planning ahead forhousing.DLTA provides funds to SRPEDD to support local communities working together toenhance cost-effective delivery of local services and the ongoing collaboration on issuesaffecting their municipal operations. SRPEDD also has DLTA funds to assistcommunities plan ahead for growth and plan ahead for housing.The DLTA funded activities are intended to achieve a measurable change in themunicipality, whether in law, regulation, program management, or practice.
 Eligible Projects
Supporting Regional Services
Projects that may qualify for funding include activities that develop and implement
regional service
regional planning
activities. Examples of eligible activitiesunder this year’s program guidelines include:
Shared service(s) that efficiently combines resources of two or more communities.SRPEDD can serve as a technical consultant, project manager, grant applicant andfiduciary. Projects may include:
Regional lockup, regional 911 centers, other public safety and emergencyresponse collaborations.
Information technology/data management
School district/regional school district analysis
Shared professional and administrative services
Agreements to operate shared waste disposal/recycling facilities/programs)
Green energy and ESCO solutions
Municipal functions such as: veteran’s services; inspectional services; healthagents, purchasing; animal control; Sealer of Weights and Measures, IT and GISfunctions; website management; and planning and conservation.
Cooperative agreements (e.g. regional analysis of affordable housing need, compactamong communities for locating affordable housing, Inter Municipal Agreements);
Collective Purchasing (if purchasing can be achieved regionally for less than the statecontract price)
Joint/collective purchasing for large / specialized capital items and/orconsumables; SRPEDD will handle the 30B process)
 SRPEDD January 2013 DLTA Solicitation Page 3 of 5
Cost saving measures that benefit more than one municipality;
E-Government; e-permits and e-bills/payments, inter-departmental dataintegration, IT, GIS and other technology services.
Other projects identified by community leaders.
 Planning Ahead for Growth
Planning and implementation activities that encourage and support economicdevelopment opportunities that may include, but are not limited to:
Implementation of zoning and permitting changes needed to create prompt andpredictable permitting of commercial or industrial development for activities locatedwithin Priority Development Areas of the South Coast Rail Plan; such as but notlimited to:
Open Space Residential Design bylaws intended to create a more predictableprocess to support growth;
Economic development district bylaws/ordinances, including development of mixed-use districts that incorporate housing opportunities;
Energy facility siting bylaws that are intended to promote a regional growth plan;
Permitting procedures for prompt and reliable permitting clean energy/co-generation facilities;
Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) bylaws/ordinances;
Identifying challenges and solutions in respect to infrastructure requirements thatimpact the ability to advance economic development and multi-family housinggrowth opportunities.
Encouraging communities to conduct an economic development self-assessment toassess economic development opportunities within communities and/or regions and todevelop implementation strategies based on recommendations.
 Planning Ahead for Housing
Planning and implementation activities that encourage and support affordable andmarket-rate housing production opportunities, specifically related to a community’shousing needs that may include, but are not limited to:
Preparation and implementation of a Housing Production Plan;
Preparation of the Housing section of a Master Plan;
The creation of as-of-right zoning districts such as those eligible under the CompactNeighborhoods policy or the Chapter 40R/Smart Growth statute;
The creation of prompt and predictable permitting through an Expedited PermittingPriority Development Site using Chapter 43D for Residential;
The development of market, mixed-income and affordable multi-family housing intransit-oriented-development locations, employment centers, downtown locations,and state endorsed priority areas or the SRPEDD Community or Regional PriorityDevelopment Areas

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