Summary of Planning Sustainable Places 2021


Contact Information

Organization: MARC
Contact person: Beth Dawson
Title: Senior Land Use Planner
Phone: 816-701-8325
Organization address: 600 Broadway Suite 200
  Kansas City, MO    64105

General Information

G8.1 Project title: Planning Sustainable Places 2021
G8.2 Project description: The PSP Program 2021 funding request will continue the program’s goal to provide local governments with financial support to advance detailed local planning and project development activities in support of Creating Sustainable Places and TO2040. The 2019 call for projects will open May 1, 2018. It is anticipated that 2021 projects would continue to develop plans which accommodate multi-modal solutions in conjunction with environmental priorities and sustainable land use options. To date, previous projects have generated over 20 implementations that are completed, under construction or scheduled for construction and included in either the TIP or local CIP.

The latest round of funding, 2017, the program received 37 applications and funded 25. This involved 14 jurisdictions and 64% of the region’s population. In 2017 there were 4 projects that covered the entirety of a jurisdiction. The projects were in Kansas City, Mo., and Olathe, Leavenworth County, and Prairie Village in Kansas.
G8.3 Project contact: Beth Dawson
Senior Land Use Planner
Mid-America Regional Council 816.701.8325
G1. Project Type: Other STP
G2. Funding Stream: STP
G3. TIP Number: 970087
G4. State: Regional (bistate)
G5. Project county: 1. Region Wide
G6. Project municipality: 1. Multi-City
G7. Multiple agencies / jurisdictions? Yes
The continuation of the Planning Sustainable Places (PSP) Program (previously known as Livable Communities Pilot Planning Program) will support locally sponsored planning activities in multiple jurisdictions across the region. The number of local agencies will be determined by the programming funding decision. For the 2013 Program, we received 37 applications and 18 projects were funded. In 2015, we received 27 applications and 13 projects were funded. In 2017, we received 37 applications and funded 25 projects. Additionally many of the previous projects have involved multiple partners who worked together to guide the projects in addition to contributing funds to supply the local match in the respective projects.
G8.4 Purpose and need: The program is called for explicitly in TO2040 and advances detailed local planning and project development activities. As funding becomes scarce, the PSP program allows local jurisdictions and agencies to do targeted, integrated planning and implementation development. All rounds, 2013, 2015 and 2017, allowed a variety of projects, ranging from small rural towns to the urban core and everything in between, to engage their communities in developing their future and its transportation foundation. Projects have included corridor plans, complete streets, nodal plans, and mobility hubs.
G9. Origin and ending
  Length (Miles):
not applicable

G10. Functional Classification: Not Applicable
G11. In Transportation Outlook 2040? Yes   Decade:   --Select--
G12. Muli-Agency Plan? Yes
Projects receiving Sustainable Places Plan funding in either 2013, 2015, 2017, or 2019 would be strong candidates for Implementation Activities or Project Development funding to further their initial plans. Other multiagency plans include: Smart Moves 3.0 MetroGreen Creating Sustainable Places MARC Complete Streets Policy Regional Plan for Sustainable Development Natural Resources Inventory Regional Housing Element Stormwater Best Management Practices Transit Accessibility Guide Greater Kansas City Regional Bikeway Plan Green Infrastructure Framework Regional Climate Resilience Strategy Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Regional Pedestrian Policy Plan
G13. Included in a CIP? Yes
Project Name TIP/CIP Year CSP/PSP Study Sponsor: 135th Street Multipurpose Trail 2018 PSP Grandview; Country Club Collector Project 2018 PSP Pleasant Hill; Downtown OP Bike/Ped Improvements 2018 PSP Overland Park; Englewood Station Art District Phase III 2018 PSP Independence; I-49 Frontage Road 2-Way Conversion 2018 PSP Grandview; MOPAC Trail Phase 3 2018 CSP & PSP Pleasant Hill; Nieman Road Street Improvements 2018 PSP Shawnee; Burlington Corridor Complete Street 2019 PSP North Kansas City; Paseo Gateway 2019 PSP Kansas City, MO; Route 9 & Maddox Intersection 2019 PSP Riverside; Waldo Area Improvements 2019 PSP Kansas City, MO; Cedar Creek Trail 2020 PSP Olathe; NE 76th Street Complete Streets 2020 CSP Gladstone; Route 9 Corridor Complete Streets 2020 PSP Parkville; US 40 Highway Complete Streets 2020 CSP Independence
G14. Planning stage: Conceptual Plan
G15. Reviewed by state DOT? Yes
G16. Right-of-Way acquisition: All acquired or none needed
G17. ROW by local public agency process manual? Yes
G18. Other unique local goals and objectives? Yes
The program requires localized identification of goals and objectives which are explored through public engagement processes. A robust public engagement process is one of the core requirements of any Planning Sustainable Places project’s work.
G19. Transportation Disadvantaged Population: The Planning Sustainable Places project selection criteria prioritize transportation disadvantaged populations by awarding points to projects that are either in or connect environmental justice areas and demonstrate partnership with equity and/or typically underrepresented stakeholders. Additionally the public engagement requirement of the program prioritizes involving transportation disadvantaged populations.
G20. Relevant Public Engagement: One of the foundational elements of any Planning Sustainable Places project is a robust public engagement element. A variety of public engagement tools and strategies have been utilized during the 2013, 2015, and 2017 projects. Projects are responsive to their study setting and have used pop-up parks, storefront studios, audience polling, focus groups, a workshop with a high school student council, concept boards at local events such as July 4th celebrations, social media, and neighborhood meetings to name a few methods. Feedback from project sponsors in the 2013, 2015, and 2017 programs have consistently emphasized that the Planning Sustainable Places program facilitates a level of public engagement that is difficult to accomplish within other planning work due to budget constraints. The public engagement requirement facilitates the incorporation of public input to guide and refine through an iterative process, a project’s final outcome.
G21. Planned Public Engagement: The ongoing public engagement will vary by project but could include social media, public workshops, pop-ups and concept boards at public functions. The public engagement used for transportation disadvantaged populations could include meetings with neighborhood associations, older adults, zero-car households, or outreach through churches or other institutions that assist transportation disadvantaged populations. Additionally projects will look to incorporate current and cutting edge technology in addition to capitalizing on best practices.
G22. Sustainable Places Criteria: Access to Healthy Foods---Active Transportation/Living---Age in Place---Compact, Walkable Centers--- Complete Street Design---Connected Street Network---Context Appropriate Streets---Diverse Housing Types--- ----Green Infrastructure---Infill-Rehab Housing---Integrated Trail System--- Mixed-Density Neighborhoods---Natural Resources Protection---Optimize Parking---Pedestrian-Oriented Public Realm--- ----Repair Strip Corridors---Retail/Rooftop Relationships---Strong Suburban Downtown--- Transit-Ready Corridors---Tree PreservationUnique Community Characteristics
G22.1. Describe CSP relationship: The intention of the program is to implement the sustainable places criteria generated through the Creating Sustainable Places initiative. A core requirement of the program is for recipients to develop a plan that integrates land use, transportation and environmental strategies. Points are awarded for increased travel choice, sustainable land use, environmental stewardship, housing choice, improved public health, investment in an area with existing infrastructure, investment in MARC’s defined redevelopment area, established activity center, Smart Moves or other transit corridor, within or connecting environmental justice tracts, and partnership with equity and/or underrepresented stakeholders.
G23. Implements Sustainable Places Initiatives? Yes
The PSP program’s efforts work to advance detailed local planning and project development activities that further the creation of VIBRANT places that offer a mix of options for housing, jobs, services and recreation; CONNECTED places with a variety of transportation options; and GREEN places that support healthy living and a healthy natural environment. Each PSP initiative includes a detailed list of policies, planning and/or investment recommendations in order to achieve a Vibrant/Connected/Green “place”. (For more information, please visit following pages: “Planning Sustainable Places” (PSP) or “Creating Sustainable Places” (CSP).
G24. Serves Regional Activity Center? Yes
Highest-Intensity and Most-Walkable Centers The top priority is connectedness given the Planning Sustainable Places program’s funding source has been Surface Transportation Program funds. Secondarily the selection criteria for the program elevate and reinforce the concepts of connectedness, vibrancy and healthy environment.
G25. Environmental justice tracts? Yes
The program is intended to specifically support the improved accessibility to and from regional activity centers. Additionally the selection and prioritization process considers the location of the proposed projects in determining relative priority. Of the 18 projects in 2013, 7 were located in environmental justice tracts. In 2015, 7 of the 13 projects were located in environmental justice tracts. Two additional projects abutted environmental justice areas, one of which specifically targeted public engagement to the environmental justice tract on the east end of the project study area and to the environmental justice area at the west end of the study area. In 2017, 17 of the 25 projects were located in environmental justice tracts. All projects, regardless of funding cycle, specifically work on improving connections between the projects and the overall region.
G26. Reduces greenhouse gas emissions? Yes
The program is developed to accomplish this through better integrating and leveraging non-single passenger travel options into local planning and development efforts. A core program goal is to promote higher levels of transit, bicycle, and pedestrian activity and utilization. Points are awarded for improved travel choices and sustainable land use.
G27. Natural Resource information: The program furthers the TO2040 major strategy to develop focused mitigation investment toward high-priority natural resources. Additionally use of the Natural Resources Inventory is encouraged by projects to insure the incorporation of natural resources into their planning process.
G28. Community Links at Watershaed Scale: The manner in which natural resource conservation and restoration measures link to other community and environmental assets vary by funded project. In some projects natural resources are conserved by establishing and conserving green open space through the development of parks and trail systems. In other projects the development of multi-modal paths reduces the number of single occupant vehicle trips so additional capacity isn’t required. The development of green infrastructure in selected projects will restore pieces of natural resources that also promote lowered storm water runoff and reduced impacts on waterways.
G29. Explain local land use or comprehensive plans: The evaluation process promotes the advancement of activity center studies that are supportive of local land use objectives and comprehensive plans. This is a specific scoring component in the project prioritization and selection process.
G30.1 Complies with MARC’s CSP? Yes
G30.2 Exception to the MARC CSP? No Not applicable
Traveler Type (All Ages & Abilities)
Mobility Aids:       
Transit Riders:       
Green Streets:       

Project Financial Information

STP Federal amount: 1500  (Thousands of $)
STP Match amount: 375  (Thousands of $)
STP Year requested: 2021
Source of Local Match: Determined by the project sponsor
Explain: The local match is provided by the project sponsor and has been from a variety of sources. Previously match has been provided by cities, counties, transit agencies, community improvement districts, universities, and state DOTs to name a few. The specific funding request is (per the direction of the Sustainable Places Policy Committee): 2019 $800k MO STP $700k KS STP $375k Combined Local Match
Scope Change: If the project is phased, the reduction of funding could potentially result in fewer projects being funded in the 2021 call than in the 2013, 2015, 2017 or 2019 calls for projects.
Cost Breakdown:
Highway: 20  %
Transit: 20  %
Bike: 20  %
Pedestrian: 20  %
Other: 20  %

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