MUNICIPAL ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for DCA Local Planning Services, a municipality must be able to demonstrate a financial need and a professional planning need.  Services may be extended to municipalities that have:
  • Urban Aid;
  • Transitional Aid;
  • An Urban Enterprise Zone;
  • NJRA Financing qualifications or
  • Temporary fiscal challenges due to unexpected circumstances.

Professional planning need will be determined if the municipality does not have in-house planning capabilities to perform the planning service requested and/or is it not under contract or negotiating with professional planning consultant(s) to complete the identified or similar planning service/project.

PROJECT ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for LPS assistance, a proposed planning service/project must meet one or more of the following goals:

TARGETED ECONOMIC GROWTH

  • Directly or indirectly supports the attraction of new investment in the municipality
  • Directly or indirectly supports the creation of jobs in the municipality

EFFECTIVE PLANNING FOR VIBRANT REGIONS

  • Promotes sustainability
  • Is consistent with county and regional goals
  • Promotes and enhances existing infrastructure
  • Promotes safe and efficient transportation and public transit options

PRESERVATION AND ENHANCEMENT OF CRITICAL STATE RESOURCES

  • Promotes the protection and enhancement of natural, historic, agricultural, scenic, and recreational resources
  • Coordinates plans related to transportation, energy, and the environment with land use and economic initiatives

TACTICAL ALIGNMENT OF GOVERNMENT

  • Reduces the cost of government operations
  • Supports shared services or municipal consolidation
  • Promotes a positive municipal fiscal impact

In all cases, the proposed planning service/project must be feasible and achievable. Services to be provided are intended to be a one-time endeavor with a definitive end date and definable final product.