The purpose of the Community Planning Branch is to serve as a resource for improving project delivery through early and continuous stakeholder involvement.
The Community Planning Branch has two major goals:
- Improving delivery of projects and planning documents
- Developing long-term partnerships with stakeholders (agencies, community groups and individuals)
The Community Planning Branch seeks to include community values and involvement early in the planning, design and project implementation stages.
Community Planners coordinate, participate and contribute ideas in community planning workshops; serve as a public participation resource to Caltrans' staff; develop stakeholder databases; do community and agency outreach with Public Affairs; administer the Community Based Transportation Planning Grant Program; promote and encourage Livable Communities and Smart Growth strategies; and review and comment on planning documents to integrate the above stated goals and concepts.
Toward that aim, we work closely with the Regional Planning Branch on RTPA/MPO stakeholder issues, and with Project Management as a public participation resource.
Transportation Planning Grant Program - FY 2013/2014
Transportation planning grants promote a balanced, comprehensive multi-modal transportation system. These grants may be used for a wide range of transportation planning purposes, which address local and regional transportation needs and issues. The implementation of these grants should ultimately lead to the adoption, initiation, and programming of transportation improvements.
The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), Division of Transportation Planning, provides the following transportation planning grant programs:
- Environmental Justice (EJ)
- Community-Based Transportation Planning (CBTP)
- Partnership Planning
- Transit Planning (Statewide or Urban Transit Planning Studies, Rural or Small Urban Transit Planning Studies, and Transit Planning Student Internships).
Applications for the FY 2013/2014 Transportation Planning Grant Program cycle are being accepted now through Tuesday, April 2, 2012. Information about the Transportation Planning Grant Program and application process can be found at the following website: http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/tpp/grants.html
Two grant workshops were held in District 5 for the FY 2013/2014 grant cycle at the following locations:
Buellton Community Recreation Center, Room A
301 Second Street
Buellton, CA 93427
February 27, 2013
9:00 AM -11:00AM
190 Seaside Circle
Marina CA, 93933
March 1, 2013
San Luis Obispo and Santa Barbara counties
Larry Newland, Senior Transportation Planner
Monterey, San Benito, and Santa Cruz counties
Brandy Rider, Senior Transportation Planner