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Category Definitions

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.