Partnerships and Priorities for DLTA
Since 2009, Massachusetts has funded the District Local Technical Assistance (DLTA) program to enable communities to complete a wide variety of planning projects in partnership with regional planning agencies (RPAs). Working with the Commonwealth and cities and towns across the region, SRPEDD selects and implements eligible DLTA projects. We emphasize projects that meet the program’s goals, have a high likelihood of creating more public and private investment, and have matching resources that enable work to span multiple years, to include more in-depth analysis, and to create positive outcomes for communities in our region.
About DLTA in 2023
In 2023, SRPEDD will once again respond to the needs of our communities by Planning Ahead for Growth and Planning Ahead for Housing, including supporting the Housing Choice Initiative and assisting cities and towns as they meet the Commonwealth's new Section 3A Multi-Family Zoning Requirements for MBTA communities.
SRPEDD will also continue to use DLTA resources to directly support the Community Compact Cabinet's Best Practices Program. This program allows communities and the Commonwealth to agree on areas of shared interest (called “Best Practices”). RPAs are in a natural position to provide expert technical assistance to meet these goals and to work in partnership with the Commonwealth and the communities we serve.
Every year, SRPEDD also uses DLTA to fund important region-wide initiatives and to advance equity and community development throughout southeastern Massachusetts. Please check out our 2022 DLTA Award Summary and our Featured Projects for examples of DLTA-funded work!
DLTA Project Development
SRPEDD works throughout the year to develop projects with our member communities. DLTA is a common source for matching resources that - combined with sources such as Community Compact Cabinet, Community One Stop for Growth, U.S. EDA, or local resources - are part of the funding equation for impactful, multi-year projects. SRPEDD encourages this type of collaborative, proactive project development on a rolling basis.
For 2023, SRPEDD has already committed funding to projects in the following communities:
- Dighton - Phase 2 of the town's Economic Development Plan, also funded by SRPEDD's Municipal Assistance (MA) and the Community Community Compact Cabinet (CCC)
- Fall River - An Arts and Culture Brochure with Viva Fall River and the Fall River Cultural Council, also funded by SRPEDD's MA
- Freetown - Phase 1 of the town's new Master Plan project, also funded by the town's Community One Stop grant
- Norton - Phase 2 of the town's Housing Production Plan, also funded by SRPEDD's MA
- Plainville - Phase 2 of the town's Master Plan, also funded by SRPEDD's MA and the town's Community One Stop grant
- Regional Section 3A Multi-family Zoning Support
- Regional Priority Development Area (PDA) and Priority Protection Area (PPA) Update, also funded by the MBTA
- Rochester - Phase 1 of the town's new Master Plan project, also funded by the town's Community One Stop grant
- Seekonk - Phase 2 of the town's Housing Production Plan, also funded by SRPEDD's MA
- Swansea - Phase 1 of the Route 6 Economic Development Feasibility Study, also funded by the town's Community One Stop grant
- Taunton - Phase 2 of the Route 140 Corridor Plan, also funded by SRPEDD's United Planning Work Program (MassDOT/FHWA)
- Westport - Phase 2 of town's Housing Production Plan, also funded by a local contract
We look forward to working with you in 2023 - and beyond!