On October 14th the Piedmont Triad was awarded a $1.6 Million grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to aid in the development of a Sustainable Communities Regional Plan. The funds will be used to create a regional plan that will aid our region in creating more housing choices, making transportation more efficient and reliable, reinforcing existing investments, and supporting vibrant and healthy neighborhoods that attract businesses. In awarding the Piedmont Triad the grant HUD recognized the potential our region has and the opportunity to enhance our economic competitiveness by connecting housing with good jobs, quality schools and transportation. PART led the application process partnering with transportation, land use and housing agencies in the Piedmont Triad s including the two Councils of Government, four Metropolitan Planning Organization’s that represent the region, and the planning and housing departments of the cities of Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem.
The project will begin in early 2011 and is expected to take 24 months to complete. The public will be an integral part of the planning throughout the duration of the project. Public engagement is key in creating a plan that is acceptable and beneficial for all citizens. The outreach process will begin with a website and other social media outlets where the public can review documents, provide comments, and participate in discussions about sustainability in our region.
Sustainability can mean many things, all based on the context in which the term is being used. So what will result from this effort? How will it impact me? The goal is to generate tangible solutions to numerous challenges we face in the Piedmont Triad. These could be presented and framed by what is sustainable to your family, our community and the region.
Overview of the Project
So stay tuned and we look forward to your involvement in this exciting planning process!