SRPEDD's Comprehensive Planning Department engages in planning initiatives that span our 27 member towns, as well as inter-municipal sub-regions.
SRPEDD's reason for being stems from the basic acknowledgement that some societal challenges either must be, or benefit greatly in efficiency from being, considered on a regional basis, at a scale that simultaneously considers more than one individual municipality, but at a smaller scale than the entire state. SRPEDD engages in regional projects that fill this necessary niche in three main ways:
- We interpret and gain experience in programs and funding sources created at the state or federal level, and apply these for multiple individual municipalities throughout the region;
- We plan across municipal lines to address a problem or topic area that spans local boundaries, but does not necessarily include the entire region; and
- We step in to provide services throughout the region to fill specialized gaps when local capacity does not allow municipal staff time or resources to adequately address an issue common to many towns.