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Planning for a sustainable community

  1. 1. Planning for a Sustainable Community Paul Archambault Southeast TN Development District
  2. 2. “Every study of travel motivations has shown that an interest in the achievements of the past is among the three major reasons why people travel. The other two are rest or recreation and the desire to view great natural sights... Among cities with no particular recreational appeal, those that have substantially preserved their past continue to enjoy tourism. Those that haven't receive no tourism at all. It's as simple as that. Tourism does not go to a city that has lost its soul.” -Arthur Frommer Preservation Forum [1988]ix ix Arthur Frommer, "Historic Preservation and Tourism," Preservation Forum 2, no. 3 (Fall 1988): 10.
  3. 3. Goals for Community        Industry and Jobs Retail Beautification Heritage Plan Infrastructure Improvements Education and Healthcare Recreational opportunities
  4. 4. Challenges in Your Community       Finances Lack of long term planning Public perception Hwy 27 bypass Lack of promotion Lack of businesses
  5. 5. Basic Steps    Prioritize and assess needs for your town Create a 5-10 year plan Apply to federal grant programs to accomplish the goals of your town
  6. 6. Historic Preservation Grants     Historic Preservation Fund Grant Funded through the National Park Service and administered in the state of Tennessee by the Tennessee Historical Commission September 1 deadline for submission Grants typically are awarded in the Spring
  7. 7. Who May Apply?     Local government body: city, county Private organization: 501 (c) (3) Educational Institution Individual*
  8. 8. What may be funded?   Survey & Planning Projects: County/City Historic Surveys, National Register nominations, Local Preservation Planning studies, Design Review Guidelines for local historic districts, educating the general public about historic resources and preservation, funding for historic preservation commissions Acquisition and Development Projects: acquisition or restoration of National Register properties
  9. 9. Federal Funding    The federal grant will pay up to 60% of the total project cost after the project is approved. Grants are administered on a reimbursement basis. 40% grant match may be cash or donated goods/services.
  10. 10. Lincoln School Restoration Project (HPF Grant/National Trust Grants)
  11. 11. Lincoln School (Exterior Work Completion)
  12. 12. National Trust for Historic Preservation Grants     Johanna Favrot Fund for Historic Preservation Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors Preservation Services Fund Dollar for dollar match: 50/50
  13. 13. Eligible Applicants    Government Agencies Non-profit organizations Individuals and for-profit businesses may apply only if the project involves a National Historic Landmark
  14. 14. Eligible Expenses     Fees for consultant services and research assistance (i.e. feasibility studies, heritage education programs) Speaker costs and room rental for conferences Material and services such as printing, photographs, telephone, and supplies Mailing costs for distribution of project materials
  15. 15. Transportation Enhancement Grant     TDOT Transportation Enhancement Grants are funded by the Federal Highway Administration Local governments may apply; Match for the grants are 80% federal and 20% local; reimbursement Eligible activities include: pedestrian and bicycle facilities, visitor centers, preservation of historic transportation buildings, rails-to-trails, landscaping/beautification, safety courses Grant rounds available in November annually; Announcements made in August/Sept
  16. 16. Keys to successful applications     Political support: notify your state representative and state senator about your project; support letters Maps and photographs Thorough budget (project contingencies) Keywords: enhancing, beautification, aesthetic qualities, adequate pedestrian and bicycle facilities
  17. 17. TDOT Enhancement Application
  18. 18. Tracy City Pedestrian Enhancement Project Photos
  19. 19. Tracy City Pedestrian Enhancement Project Phase I
  20. 20. TDOT Pedestrian Enhancement Project Map
  21. 21. Support Letters
  22. 22. TDOT Roadscapes Grant          Funding for community gateways and entry corridors Interstate and highway interchanges Highway Crossroads Scenic vistas and overlooks Streambank/Wetland Restoration Exotic/Invasive plant removal Native plant restoration Viewshed/landscape enhancement Points of interest (e.g. historic sites, park entrances)
  23. 23. TDOT Roadscapes (cont.)   Minimum grant award is $10,000 and the maximum grant award is 20% of the year’s total available grants funds ($120,000 in 2008) Reimbursable program; 80% federal funding and 20% local match
  24. 24. LPRF/RTP Grants Market Park Design, Athens, TN 2010 LPRF Fletcher Park, Cleveland, TN, 2006 RTP
  25. 25. LPRF/RTP      Local Parks and Recreation Fund (LPRF) and the Recreation Trails Program (RTP) TDEC-RES administers the grants LPRF is a 50/50 match; Funds park development, recreational facilities, natural areas, greenways, purchase of land for recreation Match may be cash, in-kind, value of donated land (applies to RTP grant as well) LPRF available to local government entities
  26. 26. LPRF/RTP (continued)      LPRF minimum grant request is $10,000 and the maximum request is $200,000 RTP is an 80/20 match; Funds multi-use trails (atv), hiking trails, equestrian trails, bike trails, walking/interpretive trails, water trails (canoe, kayak) Local governments and 501c3 non-profits are welcome to apply RTP minimum grant request is $8,000 and maximum is $80,000 Grant rounds available every two years (Typically)
  27. 27. TN Main Street Program    Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (Three-Star Program) Associated with the National Trust for Historic Preservation’s Main Street Program Revitalization of downtown and central business district; public/private partnerships; job creation; community livability
  28. 28. Questions?  Paul Archambault Historic Preservation Planner Southeast TN Development District (423) 424-4266