Twelve communities across Oregon, including Waldport have been awarded Transportation and Growth Management Program grants to fund transportation and land use planning projects. The Transportation and Growth Management Program (TGM), a 24-year partnership between the Department of Land Conservation and Development and the Oregon Department of Transportation, awards grants to support Oregon communities working to create vibrant, livable places where people can walk, bike, take transit or drive where they want to go.
Awards will be used for various projects. Waldport received a grant to assist in their Transportation System Plan or TSP update. The Waldport TSP was completed in 1999. According to city officials Waldport has and will experience growth, development, and changes in land use patterns in the ensuing decades. The city is in need of an updated transportation system plan that integrates growth, development, and land use patterns. The TSP Update will result in a planned transportation system that connects specific areas and neighborhoods.
Erin Doyle, Intergovernmental Relations associate from the League of Oregon Cities and chair of the TGM Program Advisory Committee said “these grants reflect the importance of planning for the future transportation and land use needs in local communities.” For this year’s funding cycle, 39 applications requested $5.9 million. Recipients will work with staff to develop each project, including final award amounts based on the scope of each grant. Award amounts are expected to range between $100,000 and $250,000.
Planning is critical to the success of a community’s economic and environmental health, yet there are few sources of transportation and land use planning funds for local governments. With over 1,100 projects completed, Oregon’s Transportation and Growth Management Program continues to provide value by helping communities craft their future transportation systems in concert with their desired land uses.
Information provided by ODOT