RPA Comments on the HUD-DOT-EPA Partnership for Sustainable Communities

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With 80 years of experience in regional planning in the New York metropolitan region, RPA was pleased to offer comments on the HUD-DOT-EPA partnership for sustainable communities. RPA's three historic regional plans balance economic, environmental, and social goals, as the federal partnership aims to do.

RPA's comments focused on five primary points: 1) that the scale of partnerships reflect the geographic scope of integrated housing, transportation and environmental systems; 2) that plans be allowed to take various forms to meet prescribed outcomes; 3) that participation be outcome-oriented rather than within a proscribed process; 4) that plans need for a compelling vision; and 5) that partnerships be required to represent multiple sectors and levels of government.