The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) is seeking proposals from local governments or other eligible project sponsors to conduct Livable Centers planning studies.
The objective of the Livable Centers planning studies is to help create quality, walkable, mixed-use places, create multi-modal travel choices, improve environmental quality, and promote economic development and housing choice. Study recommendations will ideally lead to locally sponsored Livable Centers projects for possible inclusion in the Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and future Transportation Improvement Programs (TIP).
H-GAC has worked in partnership with local sponsors to complete 24 Livable Centers planning studies in the 8-county region with the average cost per study being $200,000.
H-GAC anticipates identifying 4-6 Livable Centers studies to recommend for funding during fiscal years 2018-2019. The total funding level available, if any, will be determined by H-GAC’s Transportation Policy Council. A successful recommendation from this application process does not guarantee funding.
Project sponsors must indicate their proposed funding level. Project sponsors are not limited to applying for one study but must submit a separate complete application for each proposed study.
H-GAC reserves the right to negotiate final budget amount for each study based on the study scope and available funding levels.
Sponsoring agencies must demonstrate a financial commitment to provide not less than a 20% local match for the proposed studies plus an additional 3% TxDOT fee. The 20% local match is calculated based on the total funding level of the study (federal funding level plus local match) and the 3% TxDOT fee is calculated based on the local match amount.
Local match must be in the form of cash match. Generally, local match commitment is demonstrated by a letter from the highest local elected official that explicitly commits to the local match (this can be included in the letter of support). H-GAC reserves the right to negotiate the final funding amount depending on the specifics of the project and available funding levels.
Proposals will be evaluated by a project selection committee comprised of H-GAC staff, representatives from the Texas Department of Transportation, and former study partners. The selection committee recommendations will be submitted to the Transportation Policy Council for potential funding award. Upon identification of funding levels, the recommendations will be submitted to the H-GAC Board of Directors for approval. H-GAC reserves the right to make all final decisions and to withdraw this call for planning studies.
All submittals must have been received by H-GAC no later than 2:00 p.m., Friday, September 8, 2017. Any submissions received after this deadline will not receive further consideration.