Public Meeting Notice, July 15

New York-Connecticut Sustainable Communities Consortium Steering Committee

The inaugural meeting of the Steering Committee of the New York-Connecticut Sustainable Communities Consortium will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday July 15, 2011 at the offices of the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council, 199 Water Street, 22nd floor, New York, NY 10038.  The Steering Committee is comprised of designees of the Consortium's Principals, representing the cities of New York, New Haven, Bridgeport, Norwalk, Stamford, Yonkers, White Plains, New Rochelle, and Mount Vernon; Nassau and Suffolk counties; the New York Metropolitan Transportation Council (NYMTC), South Western Region Metropolitan Planning Organization (SWRMPO), Greater Bridgeport/Valley Metropolitan Planning Organization (GBVMPO), South Central Regional Council of Governments (SCRCOG); and the Long Island Regional Planning Council (LIRPC) and Regional Plan Association (RPA). To RSVP for the meeting, contact Jorge Santos at jsantos@rpa.org.

Download the Meeting Agenda (PDF)

This meeting will be webcast. Webcast can be accessed through the link in the upper right‐hand corner of the NYMTC homepage at www.nymtc.org

This unprecedented bi-state collaboration is made possible by a $3.5 million HUD Sustainable Communities grant. The meeting will include an overview of the initiative's activities and opportunities for becoming involved with the Consortium; election of Steering Committee co-chairs; establishment of procurement and contracting procedures; and process for certifying applicants seeking bonus points as a Preferred Sustainability Status Community as defined by HUD.    

Consortium activities that will be undertaken include large-scale transit-oriented development and neighborhood sustainability projects at key nodes in the MTA Metro-North Railroad and MTA Long Island Rail Road commuter rail systems, strategies to advance climate resilience, open space protection and access to affordable housing, and enhancements to existing regional sustainability plans.

The grant received by the Consortium is part of HUD's Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program to support more livable and sustainable communities across the country. The grants support the development and execution of regional plans intended to build economic competitiveness by connecting housing with good jobs, quality schools and transportation. They are part of the federal government's Partnership for Sustainable Communities, which works to coordinate federal housing, transportation, water, and other infrastructure investments to make neighborhoods more prosperous, allow people to live closer to jobs, save households time and money, and reduce pollution. More information on the partnership can be found at http://www.sustainablecommunities.gov/.

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