Today we announced the opening of the public comment period for nine projects chosen from among 14 applications submitted to the RTA’s Community Planning Program during a solicitation last September 17 through October 17. The program offers technical assistance to local governments and intergovernmental organizations to address local planning needs that intersect public transportation and land use. Through this assistance, the RTA encourages municipalities in the region to develop walkable and more sustainable communities near transit stations and along transit corridors. Eligible activities include transit-oriented development (TOD) plans, transit corridor plans, TOD zoning code updates, TOD developer discussion panels, transit neighborhood mobility improvement plans, plans to develop special funding districts in transit areas, and other innovative implementation approaches. The Community Planning program strives to not just plan for the future, but to provide assistance that achieves results.