HUD Releases Sustainability Planning Grant Information
HUD has released details on the new $100 million regional sustainability planning grant program. The grants are the centerpiece of HUD's Sustainable Communities Initiative. Grants are available to develop regional sustainability plans, improve existing plans, and prepare more detailed "execution plans" to implement adopted regional sustainability plans. Applications are due August 23, 2010.
In a statement, HUD Secretary Donovan said that the "future of the city is tied to the future of region." Donovan called the new grants "another big step forward in the Obama administration's efforts to encourage more sustainable development ... for regions to integrate economic development, land use, and transportation investments."
At the White House, Domestic Policy Advisor Melody Barnes said, "The Sustainable Communities Partnership is one part of President Obama's broader urban and metropolitan agenda, which aims to break down traditional silos and ensure that federal programs and policies across all agencies better respond to the unique needs of specific communities. The administration's efforts aim to develop urban and metropolitan areas that are economically competitive, environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive."
APA has strongly supported the new initiative and provided comments to HUD based on the previously released advance notice for public comment. Many of APA's suggestions were incorporated into the final NOFA.