Technical Planning Assistance (TPA)

Eligible Entities
Typical Support
Varies, ~7% match required
Application Deadline
Annually (Generally Opens Between Oct-Dec.)
Notes

UDOT offers funding for technical planning assistance to local governments in Utah, especially to those that are experiencing rapid growth and/or lack sufficient resources to carry out planning projects on their own. These funds are awarded on a competitive basis. Eligible project types include:

  • Community Visioning Projects
  • Transportation Master Plans
  • Active Transportation/Multimodal Plans
  • Corridor Plans/Solutions Development Processes
  • General Plans
  • Zoning Code Updates
  • Small Area Land Use/Transportation Plans

–> also coordinated with https://wfrc.org/programs/transportation-land-use-connection/

UDOT Technical Planning Assistance

Applications are due December 9, 2021. Late applications will not be considered.

The purpose of this program is to provide technical assistance to communities that are experiencing rapid growth and/or lack the resources to carry out planning projects without additional support. It is anticipated that $900,000 in technical planning assistance funding will be available for fiscal year 2023 (July 2022 – June 2023).

Coordination with the Transportation and Land Use Connection Program

UDOT coordinates its application process for the Technical Planning Assistance (TPA) program with the Wasatch Front Regional Council’s (WFRC) Transportation and Land Use Connection (TLC) program. These programs share the same application form and the same application deadline. Therefore, communities wishing to apply to both the TPA and TLC programs in the same year need only submit one application.

Previous Applications

If your city/county/agency submitted an application in a previous year and it was not selected for a funding award, then a new application must be submitted this year in order to be considered for the current round of funding.

Program Goals

The goals of the TPA program are to:

1. Integrate land use and transportation planning

2. Maximize the value of investment in public infrastructure

3. Increase travel options to optimize mobility

4. Create communities with opportunities to live, work, and play

Note: Application evaluators often have limited or no previous knowledge of projects outlined in the applications they receive. Therefore, an application which clearly articulates how a proposed project aligns with the program goals will generally score better than one that uses vague or generic language.

Eligible Applicants

The following entities within the state of Utah may apply for TPA funds:

● Municipalities

● Counties

● Townships

● Multi-jurisdictional groups of local governments

Eligible Projects

Plans, studies or analyses related to land use and/or transportation are eligible for funding, including but not limited to:

● Community Visioning Projects

● Transportation Master Plans

● Active Transportation/Multimodal Plans

● Corridor Plans/Solutions Development Processes

● General Plans

● Zoning Code Updates

● Small Area Land Use/Transportation Plans

● Economic Development Plans/Studies

Non-Eligible Projects

Project phases such as land acquisition, engineering, or capital investment are not intended to be pursued through the TPA Program.

Matching Funds

A minimum local match of 6.77% is required. However, if a community can demonstrate a hardship that prevents it from providing the required match, this requirement may be waived in whole or in part. The amount of local match proposed is a consideration in funding award decisions.

How to Apply

To apply for TPA funding, please fill out an application online at this link. If you begin entering information into the application form, you will not be able to save it for later completion. If you would like to prepare your application responses in advance, this spreadsheet contains all of the application questions. It is strongly recommended that you coordinate with the applicable UDOT Region Planning Manager for your area before submitting your application. Doing so will allow them to provide helpful feedback to strengthen your application.

Project Management

Local governments will generally be responsible for all aspects of project management, including procuring any necessary consulting services, paying invoices, ensuring that the work completed is in line with the approved project scope, and adopting any finished products (as applicable).

 

Questions

If you have questions or run into technical difficulties during the application process, please contact:

Internal – Michael Hansen

UDOT – Jordan Backman

Urban Planning Manager

253-508-2383

[email protected]

Last Updated: August 27, 2021

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