Technical Assistance Program

The Community Planning Technical Assistance Program (the Technical Assistance Program) is jointly run by Transportation Council and the Capital District Regional Planning Commission (CDRPC), and offers staff time and expertise of the Transportation Council and CDRPC to local governments undertaking small scale community planning initiatives.

New project project proposals are accepted on a rolling basis!

Program Guidelines – Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis, as funding allows.

Eligible Applicants

Municipalities or municipally convened groups (i.e. appointed committees, planning boards, etc.) within the designated planning area of the Transportation Council, the four counties of Albany, Rensselaer, Schenectady and Saratoga (except the Village of South Glens Falls and the Town of Moreau) are eligible to apply.

How to Apply

If your community is interested in applying, you must contact CDRPC and the Transportation Council to discuss your request. Send an email to techassist@CDRPC.org or call 518-458-2161 and provide your name, phone number and a time convenient for representatives to call you.

Local Match Requirement

A cash or in-kind match contribution of not less than 25% of the actual project cost is required.

Eligible Projects

Eligible community planning assistance includes but is not limited to one or more of the following:

Comprehensive/Neighborhood Planning

  • Guidance in goal setting, plan development and procedural requirements
  • Data collection and analysis
  • Research into a planning issue
  • Identification of innovative solutions to local planning challenges

Community Design Assessment

Evaluate a subsection of a community to consider:

  • Active living
  • Transportation choices
  • Public safety
  • Social equity
  • Environmental health

Data Collection

  • Identify issues and/or opportunities for collecting data
  • Set data collection goals
  • Plan approach and identify data collection methods
  • Collect data

Data Analysis & Mapping

  • Analyze demographic, building permit, and other community development trends
  • Data research and visualization
  • GIS mapping and analysis

General Community Planning

  • Public input and community visioning
  • Meeting facilitation and coordination
  • Surveys and communications activities
  • Training
  • Professional advisement

Land Use Plan Implementation

Initiate recommended actions in Comprehensive Plans, Linkage Program Plans or other plans such as:

  • Zoning language related to EV infrastructure, access management, groundwater or open space protection
  • Vacant property data gathering
  • Re-evaluating PDD requirements

Recreation Trail Planning

  • Recreation plan guidance
  • Management plan guidance
  • Nonmotorized trail plan guidance

Transportation Safety & Operations Planning

  • Crash data analysis
  • Road safety assessments
  • Traffic signal operational analysis
  • Intersection analysis
  • Before and after studies of capital projects
  • Recommendation and scoping of ITS strategies

Zoning & Site Planning

  • Guidance on best practices towards the implementation of planning policies and goals
  • Zoning ordinance audits
  • Development of zoning ordinance amendments
  • Site plan review assistance
  • Planning for development of regional impact

Example Completed Projects

Cover for the Town of Guilderland Demographic and Growth Analysis report
Cover of the East Greenbush Complete Streets Feasibility Memo
Cover for Depot Square Tech Assist Report
Town of Glenville Route 50 Comprehensive Plan and Zoning Analysis Report Cover