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Goals

Prospective projects should consider the following program goals when applying.

  • Maximize the value of investment in public infrastructure.
  • Enhance access to opportunity.
  • Increase travel options to optimize mobility.
  • Create communities with opportunities to live, work, and play.
Eligibility

Assistance is available to municipalities, counties, townships, and multi-jurisdictional groups of local governments within the Wasatch Front Regional Council’s (WFRC) area of responsibility (Box Elder, Davis, Morgan, Salt Lake, Tooele, and Weber counties). WFRC encourages applications from two or more jurisdictions working together, within county boundaries.

Eligible projects include, but are not limited to the following.

  • Using Wasatch Choice resources, such as Envision Tomorrow Plus (ET+), to generate land use scenarios for planning purposes.
  • Projects that involve multi-jurisdictional coordination and regional collaboration.
  • Activities that help to implement previously-adopted plans, such as revisions to ordinances or other land use regulations.
  • Assistance with public participation related to developing or implementing local plans.
  • Site assessments to determine the feasibility of projects, such as transit-oriented development projects or first/last mile strategies.
  • Studies or specific plans related to important local issues, such as housing, transportation choices, or market studies.
  • The development of local visions or plans.
Non-Eligibility

Project phases, such as land acquisition, engineering, or capital investment, are not intended to be pursued through Transportation and Land Use Connection (TLC) program.

Community Contribution

TLC was created to assist communities with challenging planning projects. For a competitive project, financial and in-kind community contribution is required. For applicants who receive greater than $20,000 in assistance, a minimum matched financial commitment of ten percent is required, and a minimum twenty five percent financial match is suggested. For applicants who receive less than $20,000 in assistance, a minimum matched financial commitment of 6.77 percent is required, and a minimum ten percent financial match is encouraged. A strong in-kind contribution demonstrates the commitment from the local government and ultimately increases the competitiveness of the application.

Evaluation

WFRC staff is available to provide insight into how this resource can best serve the municipality and help communities produce a strong application.

Types of Assistance

To support communities with challenging planning projects, three types of assistance are available.

  1. WFRC staff may provide technical expertise for different project types.
  2. A pre-qualified pool of consultants has been selected and are eligible to provide contracted work for TLC projects.
  3. Resource training may be provided to help communities achieve the goals of the TLC program and Wasatch Choice Vision.
Projects Map

The Transportation and Land Use Connection interactive map shows the location of and contains information for all of the projects awarded to date.

Selection Criteria

Project Significance: The project’s objectives and their relation to the TLC program’s goals.

Ability to Match: The local government staff hours committed to participating in the project, as well as the applicant’s percentage of local funds committed toward the total project cost. The percentage is based on jurisdictional size and requires a minimum of 6.77 percent.

Project Type: The type of project that the applicant intends to complete.  Please note that implementation-oriented products receive additional weight.

Supports Centers: The project’s potential to reduce single occupant vehicle trips, impact travel demand, and enhance the vitality of centers.

Project Benefit/Return on Investment: The project’s final products and the intent to implement, as well as the tools used and the applicant’s use of the implementation tool.

Regional Collaboration: The extent that the applicant incorporates multi-jurisdictional and/or multi-agency collaboration.

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