Livable Centers Call for Planning Study Partners

2021 Livable Centers Sponsor Call

The Houston-Galveston Area Council (H-GAC) is seeking proposals from local governments and other eligible study sponsors to conduct Livable Centers planning studies.  The proposed study must be in Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, Harris, Liberty, Montgomery, or Waller counties.

Livable Centers are places where people can live, work, and play with less reliance on their cars.  The studies encourage a complementary mix of land uses that are designed to be walkable, connected, and accessible by multiple modes of transportation. Livable Centers Implementation can take many forms, including on the ground projects, policies and programs.

Sponsors can propose one of the following study types: 

  • Full Livable Centers Studies - Aims to create walkable live, work, play environments at a neighborhood or district level.

  • Focused Livable Centers Studies - Targets small areas such as a community-node or destination, or focus on a specific livable centers goal.

Application Assistance

Pre-Submittal Q&A Meeting

H-GAC staff provided a presentation on the process and required steps on April 15, 2021. Staff was available to answer questions, including clarifying questions regarding Full and Focused Livable Centers studies.

Submitting an Application

This application is a two-step process, and must be submitted online.

Step 1: Notice of Intent to Apply

Sponsors are required to notify H-GAC of their intent to apply no later than 5:00 p.m. May 27, 2021. Intent to apply must include proposed study area location.

After submitting the Intent to Apply, applicants will receive an email notification and access to the application submittal portal.

Step 2: Application Submittal

Sponsors must be submitted online to H-GAC no later than 5:00 p.m. July 29, 2021. Technological errors must be communicated to H-GAC no later than July 27, 2021.

No late applications will be accepted.


Application Guidance

For a more detailed outline of each step, please refer to the Application Guidance Document.


Sponsoring agencies must demonstrate their financial commitment to the matching fund level required for the proposed study. Based on the Livable Centers Need Index (LCNI) for the proposed study area, sponsor’s cash match requirements will be defined by a percentage of the total study cost, not to exceed 10% of total study cost. 

Details regarding match may be found in the Application Guidance Document.


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