The Planning Sustainable Places projects are classified into one of three categories: Sustainable Places Plans, Project Development or Implementation Activities.
A Sustainable Places Plan in the Planning Sustainable Places program focuses on looking at the big picture and crafting a vision that integrates transportation, land use and the environment and identifies project need. The project must meaningfully engage the community in a collaborative dialogue. This can be accomplished through a required localized public engagement process that engages multiple audiences (i.e. neighborhoods, businesses, historical society, community organizations); incorporates a variety of communication platforms; and utilizes a collaborative design process which is cyclical and tests, analyzes, and refines the design in response to citizen engagement.
The Project Development level of planning in the Planning Sustainable Places program focuses on drilling down into a Sustainable Places Plan. The Sustainable Places Plan does not have to be the result of a Sustainable Places Plan through MARC. Communities that have completed work that meets the criteria of a Sustainable Places plan are encouraged to utilize the Planning Sustainable Places Project Development opportunity to further develop their big picture plans to integrate project needs and concepts.
The Implementation Activities level of planning in the Planning Sustainable Places program focuses on pulling together the final pieces necessary to move a project from planning to preliminary engineering. This level does not include PS&E (plans, specifications and estimates) nor would it include survey work.