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Responsible Growth. Transportation Strategy Board July 28, 2010. New Statutory Requirements. Public Act No. 05-205 Enhanced consistency among state, regional and municipal POCDs through Growth Management Principles RPO comments required on municipal POCD updates; OPM reviews regional POCD

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Responsible growth

Responsible Growth

Transportation Strategy Board

July 28, 2010


New statutory requirements
New Statutory Requirements

  • Public Act No. 05-205

    • Enhanced consistency among state, regional and municipal POCDs through Growth Management Principles

    • RPO comments required on municipal POCD updates; OPM reviews regional POCD

    • Next State C&D Plan to include “Priority Funding Areas” and “Corridor Management Areas”

  • Public Act No. 06-136

    • Builds on work of the Transportation Strategy Board

    • Coordinates state and regional transportation with economic development and housing plans

    • Permits Urban Act funds to be used for TOD projects statewide

    • Report by OPM to legislature on feasibility of state-wide build-out analysis


New statutory requirements cont
New Statutory Requirements (cont.)

  • Public Act No. 07-4 of the June Special Session

    • (Sec. 3) OPM to conduct a comprehensive study on water resources planning in Connecticut and present its findings and recommendations to the legislative committees of cognizance and to the Water Planning Council by 1/1/09 and annually thereafter

    • (Sec. 38-50) OPM to administer $3.6 mil for incentive housing zone technical assistance, zone adoption and building permit grants under the Housing for Economic Growth Program

  • Public Act No. 07-7 of the June Special Session

    • Authorized $5 mil. for General Obligation Bonds for a TOD pilot program and $15 mil. for Responsible Growth Incentive Fund (OPM)


New statutory requirements cont1
New Statutory Requirements (cont.)

  • Public Act No. 07-239

    • Created the Responsible Growth Task Force; Report submitted to Governor on 2/4/08

    • Required DECD to develop State Economic Strategic Plan

    • Required municipalities to update their POCDs every 10 years, or risk being ineligible for discretionary state funds effective 7/1/10

    • Regional Performance Incentive Program established to encourage municipal shared services ($8.6 mil total; $1.4 mil specifically for regional GIS efforts)

    • Required OPM to report and make recommendations on potential for Regional Tax-Based Revenue Sharing & Regional Assets Districts


New statutory requirements cont2
New Statutory Requirements (cont.)

  • Public Act No. 08-182

    • For each Growth Management Principle, OPM to develop three benchmarks to measure progress in implementation of the principles, one of which shall be a financial benchmark

    • For each policy in C&D Plan: (A) assign a priority; (B) estimate funding for implementation and identify potential funding sources; (C) identify each entity responsible for implementation; and (D) establish a schedule for implementation

    • OPM to conduct an analysis of the boundaries of logical planning regions by 1/1/12


New statutory requirements cont3
New Statutory Requirements (cont.)

  • Public Act No. 09-165

    • Defines “Projects of Regional Significance” and establishes a voluntary coordinated pre-application review of such projects by the affected region(s) and municipalities

  • Public Act No. 09-230

    • Defines “Principles of Smart Growth”

    • Requires legislative committee to study how next State C&D Plan should be developed and implemented

    • Delays next C&D Plan until 2012

    • Delays by two years the requirement that municipalities must update their POCDs every 10 years, or risk being ineligible for discretionary state funds (effective 7/1/12)


New statutory requirements cont4
New Statutory Requirements (cont.)

  • Public Act No. 10-138

    • Requires OPM to develop a new process for preparing the C&D Plan based on “cross-acceptance” among the state/regions/municipalities by 1/5/11

    • Delays adoption of the next C & D plan until 2013


Recommendations
Recommendations

  • Support and facilitate implementation of the Governor’s Executive Order on Responsible growth, with special emphasis on Transit Oriented Development (TOD)

  • Ensure that the strategic actions and tactics included in the Transportation Strategy support the growth management principles of the Plan of Conservation and Development.


Recommendations1
Recommendations

  • Ensure the coordination of state and regional transportation planning with other state planning efforts, including economic development and housing plans;

  • Foster the integration of transportation and land use planning at all levels of government

  • Provide incentives to municipalities and regions to encourage Transit Oriented Development and sound maintenance and pavement management.


Recommendations2
Recommendations

  • Facilitate Transit Oriented Development by providing legislative authority, during the 2007 session, if possible, for pre-approved development areas, including processes for:

    • establishing site nomination or eligibility processes and evaluation priorities;

    • evaluating such properties in advance of the receipt of specific development proposals;

    • determining the types and size of the activities appropriate for the site;

    • identifying the project specific permits and approvals required in order to utilize the site; and

    • providing grant funding for a significant portion of the cost of site remediation for brownfield sites located near transit hubs.


Recommendations3
Recommendations

  • Provide funding to regional planning organizations and councils of governments to support improved local and regional transportation planning