Application Guidelines

Applicants to the Planning Assistance to Municipalities and Communities (PAMC) program must complete the Application Form. Eligible organizations can be municipalities, registered community associations, nonprofit groups, business associations, community development, or economic development corporations. Applicants for financial assistance must show that they have the capacity to manage the requested project and are organized in a way that facilitates project management and accountability.

Criteria used to evaluate PAMC applications include:

  • Applicant eligibility 
  • Immediate or long-term benefit from the completed project in terms of information (studies, analysis, research) or skills gained (training and technical assistance) 
  • Demonstrated need for planning assistance
  • Satisfies a Plan 2035 or master plan recommendation
  • Planning Department has access to the staff or funding needed to provide requested assistance
  • Priority is given to projects located within a Priority Funding Area, Plan 2035 Neighborhood Reinvestment Area, Transforming Neighborhood Initiative (TNI) area, or Plan 2035 Employment Area.

Projects Considered

In any given year, the number of PAMC projects that will be initiated will vary, based on the PAMC budget and planning staff availability, based on the Planning Department's annual work program. Capital projects (those projects that include any construction activity) are ineligible. 

The types of projects that will be considered for planning assistance include, but are not limited to:

  • Grant applications and technical assistance (e.g., grant-writing training, assistance with completing grant applications)
  • Environmental studies and strategies (e.g., tree conservation plans, waterway clean-up strategies, sustainability plans)
  • Multimodal transportation studies and strategies (e.g., traffic studies, bike path or sidewalk improvement plans, connectivity assessments)
  • Economic development assessments and strategies (e.g., market analyses, marketing or branding tools, graphics, or logos)
  • Conceptual design plans (e.g. neighborhood or commercial revitalization plans) Mapping or geographic information systems (GIS) services and data analyses Demographic or housing research and analyses
  • Public facility needs analyses
  • Historic preservation solutions, including the adaptive reuse of historic sites
  • Revitalization solutions (e.g., retrofitting solutions for nonhistoric structures, façade improvement design plans)
  • Community outreach assistance (e.g., web design, public meeting facilitation, stakeholder interviews, surveys)
  • Landscape design plans or buffering and screening solutions for incompatible uses
  • Community planning overview (Planning 101 presentation)
The PAMC program is competitive and will include several levels of review. Planning assistance may consist of staff or contract technical support, financial assistance, or some combination thereof; the Planning Director and/or Planning Board will determine whether funding or in-kind assistance is most appropriate for a selected project.

The PAMC Application Review Process

Chart of the Application Review Process