The Community Planning program provides funding and planning assistance to applicants for implementation and planning projects that benefit the community and the regional transit system. Eligible implementation projects include zoning code updates, TOD developer discussion panels, pedestrian access improvement plans, and other innovative implementation approaches. Eligible planning projects include TOD plans, and corridor, subregional or local access improvement plans. The Community Planning program strives to not just plan for the future, but to provide assistance that achieves results. While the RTA and CMAP (through its Local Technical Assistance Program) both have separate technical assistance programs, applicants are able to apply for both programs by using one application. Through this coordination, the RTA and CMAP are able to offer planning and implementation assistance to an expanded base of eligible applicants, align all efforts with the GO TO 2040 Plan and provide interagency expertise, technical assistance and capacity.
Municipalities, counties, townships, councils of government / municipal associations, groups of two or more municipalities, and the RTA Service Boards (Chicago Transit Authority, Metra and Pace) located within the RTA's six-county service region (Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry and Will Counties) are eligible to apply to the Community Planning Program. Nongovernmental organizations must partner with a governmental organization to submit the application. A local funding match is not required for small scale Community Planning projects. Larger transit-focused Community Planning projects may require a local match. Applicants will be notified if a local match will be needed prior to project approval. Individual "not to exceed" project budgets are set by the RTA during the project development process. Project budgets should not be included as part of your application submittal.
If you are seeking planning assistance for projects beyond the above listed categories, please consider CMAP's Local Technical Assistance Program (LTA). The program provides staff assistance to communities across the Chicago metropolitan region to undertake planning projects that advance the principles of GO TO 2040.
Please visit the RTAMS site to view the status of all previously approved RTA Community Planning studies, review completed reports, and search by various criteria.
The following RTA funded Plans were honored with American Planning Association (APA) Awards. Click on the icons below to view RTAMS Project Pages and links to the Plans:
Award Year: 2013 Award Year: 2011
Award Year: 2011 Award Year: 2010
Award Year: 2009 Award Year: 2004