Community Design

Overview

Community Design
SACOG board approves 2021 funding cycle

The Community Design Funding Program provides funding to local governments to build placemaking projects in their communities. The projects must implement any of the SACOG Blueprint Principles: (1) housing options (2) transportation options; (3) infill development; (4) mixed land uses; (5) compact development; (6) preservation of natural resources, and (7) quality design. The most commonly awarded projects in the past have been streetscape improvements with associated land use development that are consistent with the Blueprint Principles. The program is available to cities, counties and other local government agencies within Sacramento, Sutter, Yolo and Yuba Counties. 

The SACOG board adopted the 2021 Community Design program in April 2021. There is no open call for projects in this program at this time.

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SACOG releases staff recommendation for 2021 Regional and Community Design programs
Funding recommended for transportation projects in four-county region

SACOG has released the staff recommendation for the 2021 cycle of the Regional and Community Design funding programs. Staff will present this recommendation at all upcoming SACOG board committees: Transportation Committee (10 a.m. on Thursday April 1st), Land Use and Natural Resources Committee (April 1 at 1:30 p.m.), and Policy and Innovation Committee (April 5 at 10 a.m.). The SACOG board will act on the 2021 funding round recommendation at its April 15th meeting.

See the below for the details on the 2021 four-county funding round staff recommendation.

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Open Call for Projects in SACOG’s competitive transportation funding round
Over $180 million in funding available for transportation projects in four-county region

SACOG has released a call for projects in the core Regional and Community Design funding programs. Offering over $180 million in transportation funding between them, these two programs are the largest components of SACOG’s 2021 Regional Funding Round.

The flexible Regional Program funds cost-effective transportation projects that realize the performance benefits of the Metropolitan Transportation Plan/Sustainable Communities Strategy. The SACOG board has adopted a program target of roughly $164 million for the 2021 Regional Program.

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Call for Projects for 2021 Community Design Program
Applications due Jan 15, 2021

SACOG is soliciting applications to the 2021 Community Design Funding Program. Applications are due January 15, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. See the attached guidelines for more important dates.

The program has been authorized by the SACOG Board of Directors to provide up to $16.5 million in grant awards to local agencies for transportation projects that promote placemaking and help implement the SACOG Blueprint principles.

The 2021 Community Design program has three substantive changes since the prior round held in 2018:

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Frequently Asked Questions
Last Updated May 3, 2018

2018 Community Design Funding Program (Round 8) FAQs

1. What are the major key elements of the Program that a potential applicant needs to know about?

Some of the key features of the 2018 guidelines for Round 8 that have remained unchanged since the prior funding cycle are:

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PPA Tool Now Available

SACOG has launched the Project Performance Assessment tool to analyze transportation investments at the project level. The tool stems from a 2017 working group and its technical review of performance assessment methodologies. SACOG will use the Project Performance Assessment (PPA) tool in support of the 2018 agency funding round. Individual programs within the overarching 2018 funding round will use the PPA tool differently. 

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Better Ways to Grow

Quality of life concerns are driving communities throughout the State of California and the nation to make growing smarter a top priority. Nowhere is this mission more important than in the six-county Sacramento Region, which is experiencing some of the fastest growth in the state. The region’s political leaders—from Colfax to Isleton and Winters to Placerville—are working together under the umbrella of the Sacramento Area Council of Governments to address these concerns through the Sacramento Region Blueprint: Transportation/Land Use Study.