Applicants may include municipalities, registered community associations, nonprofit organizations, business associations, community development corporations, or economic development corporations. Criteria used to evaluate PAMC applications include:
- Applicant eligibility.
- Demonstrated capacity to manage project.
- Immediate and long-term benefit from the completed project in terms of information (studies, analysis, research) or skills gained (training and technical assistance).
- Demonstrated need for planning assistance.
- Planning objective(s) will be satisfied.
- Planning Department has access to the staff or funding needed to provide requested assistance.
- Project area is located within a Priority Funding Area, Plan 2035 Neighborhood Reinvestment Area, or Plan 2035 Employment Area.
Each year, the number of selected PAMC projects will vary based on the Department budget and staff availability. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis throughout the fiscal year (July 1 through June 30 of the next calendar year), however, projects that require funding must be submitted by March 15th to be considered for the current fiscal year.
The types of projects that will be considered for planning assistance include, but are not limited to:
- Grant applications and technical assistance (e.g., grant-writing training, assistance with completing grant applications).
- Environmental studies and strategies (e.g., tree conservation plans, waterway clean-up strategies, sustainability plans).
- Multimodal transportation studies and strategies (e.g., traffic studies, bike path or sidewalk improvement plans, connectivity assessments).
- Economic development assessments and strategies (e.g., market analyses, marketing or branding tools, graphics, or logos).
- Conceptual design plans (e.g., neighborhood or commercial revitalization plans).
- Mapping or geographic information systems (GIS) services and data analyses.
- Demographic or housing research and analyses.
- Public facility needs analyses.
- Historic preservation solutions, including the adaptive reuse of historic sites.
- Revitalization solutions (e.g., retrofitting solutions for nonhistoric structures, façade improvement design plans).
- Community outreach assistance (e.g., web design, public meeting facilitation, stakeholder interviews, surveys).
- Landscape design plans or buffering and screening solutions for incompatible uses.
- Community planning overview (Planning 101 presentation).
The PAMC program is competitive and will include several levels of review. The Planning Department and Planning Board will determine whether funding or in-kind assistance is most appropriate for a selected project.
The PAMC Application Review Process