On Friday, the U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) awarded a $5 million grant to a consortium of public and non-profit planning organizations along the Wasatch Front. The grant is to promote sustainable planning and development in Salt Lake County.
The grant is one of 45 awarded nationwide through HUD’s Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program in cooperation with the U.S. Dept. of Transportation and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The agency received more than 1,000 applications from communities across the country for the highly competitive grant program.
“These grants represent our chance to fund the best ideas and approaches,” HUD Deputy Secretary Ron Sims said at a press conference. He said that the Wasatch Front application was one of only three communities that achieved every one of the desired criteria for the award.
The partners on the grant application included the Wasatch Front Regional Council, Mountainland Association of Governments, Envision Utah, UDOT, Salt Lake County, Salt Lake City, the University of Utah and UTA.
“This grant will help us to take the region’s Vision [for sustainable communities] and make it a reality,” said Andrew Gruber, executive director of WFRC.
A majority of the funds will be used to develop a regional planning tool that will allow communities to compare alternative scenarios for proposed projects and see how different development approaches will affect the economic and environmental outcomes for that community.
Other uses for the funds will include assessing and develop sustainable housing types and transportation needs at pilot transit oriented development sites, and developing educational and policy tools to aid local communities in implementing their plans.
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KCPW Radio Coverage of the Press Conference