CTAP - Year One Programs

The Year-One Programs were developed through the following process:

  • A series of four Community Meetings were conducted during the 2005/2006 winter/spring for the purpose of developing and defining a vision for the CTAP program.
  • The CTAP community elected a 13-member Steering Committee to guide the development and implementation of the CTAP program.
  • Based on efforts of the Steering Committee, information from the meetings was organized and synthesized into four themes:
    • Community Infrastructure
    • Environmental Protection, Land Use and Open Space Protection
    • Downtown Village Centers and Community Vitality
    • Local Economy
    Over the summer of 2006 each Theme was assigned to a Working Group to prioritize and recommend activities for Year-One.
  • In the fall of 2006, Working Group recommendations were utilized to define thirteen Year-One programs of which twelve were approved by the Steering Committee. The thirteenth is pending approval for implementation in a follow-on year.

Summaries of the Year-One Programs can be found below and in the following documents:

The anticipated schedule for implementation is as follows:

External Communications Plan: Developing and implementing a communication approach for CTAP by identifying effective strategies for conveying key messages relating to the CTAP message is the anticipated achievement of this program.

Local Government Cluster Workshops: This program is providing tailored training to local government in areas that include but are not limited to, capital improvement plans, innovative land-use approaches, preparing open space plans, and implementing transit oriented development.

Conservation Commission Institute: This program is dedicated to providing on-going education and training support to conservation commissions in the 26-community corridor on the subjects of land conservation and supporting the working landscape. It may roll over from year to year, and is expected to serve as the foundation for Regional Conservation Roundtables.

Local Government Discretionary Accounts: With funds available in January 2007, this program will provide support to towns not covered by other Year-One Programs. The funds, guided and managed by the Regional Planning Commissions (RPC), will be made available to assist towns with programs consistent with CTAP directives and goals.

Connecting Transportation Planning and Land Use: Initiated and managed by the RPCs, this program will develop an approach to better integrate transportation and land-use planning at the local and regional scale.

Local Open Space Planning: Using a consistent approach and making use of new data and analyses, this program will assist towns in developing or updating local open space plans. It will also encourage the integration of Open Space Plans into Master Plans, and will occur in successive years until all communities are completed.

Economic Strategic Planning Inventories: The goal of this program is to provide baseline data sufficient to formulate a strategic plan for a sustainable regional economy, and develop strategic regional marketing.

Enhanced GIS-Based Information: This program is meant to improve or enhance the base level of GIS capabilities for all communities which can be used for a variety of local and regional planning efforts to include local master plans, transportation studies and open space plans.

Community Planning Assessments: The goal of this program is to help communities determine where they are on the planning curve so they will be better able to decide how they can make the optimal use of CTAP.

GIS Build-out Analysis and Alternatives: This program will provide each community with a build-out analysis and examination of alternative build-out scenarios under different zoning and regulation schemes using a common methodology.

Natural Services Network (NSN) and Open Space Protection Research: Designed to build upon and thus leverage the work already accomplished by the Jordan Institute, this program will research zoning, regulatory, and voluntary techniques to promote the protection of high-priority resource areas contained within the NSN.

Regional Grant Writing Assistance: Up to 50 hours of professional grant writing services will be made available to each community under this program. A data base of grants available to the communities will also be developed, as communities may use this service to prepare proposals for any grant relating to a CTAP program goal area.

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