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New york connecticut sustainable communities

New York & ConnecticutSustainable Communities

July 15, 2011

Partnership for sustainable communities

Partnership for sustainable communities

“We want to make sure that when we’re building infrastructure, we’re considering how housing, transportation, and the environment all impact each other.”

~President Barack Obama



  • Coordinated economic, housing, transportation, environmental and land use planning

  • Viable, regional economic strategies

  • Equitable outcomes

  • Meaningful participation from traditionally marginalized stakeholders

  • Measurable benchmarks of success

  • Implementation agreements among governments and other stakeholders

Livability principles

Livability principles

 1.  Provide more transportation choices.

2.Promote equitable, affordable housing.

3.  Enhance economic competitiveness.

4.  Support existing communities.

5.  Coordinate policies and leverage investment.

6.  Value communities and neighborhoods.

Our region

Our Region

What sets us apart?

New york connecticut sustainable communities

TOD Database

New york connecticut sustainable communities

TOD Database

New york connecticut sustainable communities

Acres of parking, vacant land or open space within a half-mile of transit or downtown centers

Reconciling transit oriented and fair housing goals

Reconciling transit-oriented and Fair housing goals

Building climate resilience

Building Climate resilience

The new york connecticut partnership

The new york- Connecticut partnership

Planning as a Region



9 Cities

2 Counties




6 State Agencies

6 Nonprofits

3 NJ members



10 Place-Based Projects

6 Policy Studies

Public engagement

Public engagement

  • Goal: Create a network of engaged government officials, civic and community leaders, business leaders, entrepreneurs, planners and private citizens that cuts across geographic racial, ethnic and income and programmatic boundaries.

  • Objectives:

    • Create effective communication tools.

    • Develop and maintain active committees of diverse stakeholders.

    • Effectively engage residents in determining outcomes and implementing recommendations.

Opportunities for participation

Opportunities for participation

  • Local Project Advisory Structures

  • Regional Advisory Committee

  • Steering Committee Meetings

  • Website and Interactive Media

  • Preferred Sustainability Status

Regional advisory committees

Regional advisory committees

  • Two Committees for Metro North and LIRR Service Areas

  • Open to Any Interested Participant

  • Fall 2011: Input on Desired Outcomes & Measures of Success

  • Summer 2012: Recommendations for Regional Plan Enhancements

  • Spring 2013: Feedback on Draft Execution Plan for Regional Sustainable Development

Preferred sustainability status


  • Opportunity to Win 2 Extra Points on Discretionary HUD Programs (other agencies to be added)

  • NY-CT Sustainable Communities Steering Committee Must Approve Based on Following Criteria:

    • Geographically located in NY-CT region covered by consortium

    • Furthers purpose of NY-CT regional planning program

    • Consistent with six livability principles of Sustainable Communities Partnership

    • Commitment to participate in the regional NY-CT Sustainable Communities program

  • Application Instructions on

  • Steering Committee will Make Determination Within 10 Business Days of Application

2011 project milestones

2011 project milestones

  • February 15, 2011: Cooperative Agreement in Effect

  • April 14, 2011: Workplan Submitted to HUD

  • April 15, 2011: Kick-off at Waldorf-Astoria

  • June 30, 2011: Memorandum of Agreement Signed

  • July 15, 2011: First Steering Committee Meeting

  • Summer 2011: Sub-grantee contracts and RFPs, complete outreach strategy, begin research tasks

  • Fall 2011: Initial local and regional advisory committee meetings

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