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Livable Communities Act" Testimony Heard
Historic Preservation Blog from PreservationDirectory.com - Public Policy Department of the National Trust, Livable Communities Act, Testimony, Congress, House of Representatives, House Subcommittee on Transit and Highways
Contributed By: The National Trust for Historic Preservation's Department of Public Policy
Website: http://www.preservationnation.org

Creating more livable communities and developing context sensitive solutions (CSS) in designing transportation projects were the subject of two separate hearings in the House this week.  The Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee heard testimony on S. 1619, the "Livable Communities Act" on June 9th, which is sponsored by committee chair Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-CT) and is supported by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  

Among the topics covered by the Banking Committee were funding livable communities planning in a coordinated manner, especially across federal, state and local levels and among jurisdictions; anticipating infrastructure costs that will come with burgeoning and aging population; using tools such as location-efficient mortgages, transit-oriented development, in-fill development, and urban growth boundaries to address aging infrastructure to engender smart growth; developing transportation choices that also include highway planning, not just transit; and stemming population declines and preventing large swaths of vacant properties in areas such as Youngstown, OH, which has seen a 40 percent vacant properties rate, and Buffalo, NY, which has lost half its population since the 1950s. 

On June 10th, the House Subcommittee on Transit and Highways took up the issue of context sensitive solutions design concept that will be an issue in the upcoming surface transportation reauthorization bill next year.  The subcommittee hearing revealed that only a handful of states have fully embraced CSS as part of the larger effort to design transportation projects that respect local transportation needs and community character.   Among the core CSS principles discussed by hearing witnesses were using multi-modal, inter-disciplinary approaches that take into account broad-based community input and a wide range of stakeholders in the design process, but within funding and budgetary contraints.

Reprinted by permission of the Public Policy Department of the National Trust

 


Keywords: Public Policy Department of the National Trust, Livable Communities Act, Testimony, Congress, House of Representatives, House Subcommittee on Transit and Highways

Posted: June 17, 2010
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