Planning Assistance Center
DVRPC works with many different types of stakeholders, from state government to local government, from professional planners to citizen planners, and from private sector to public sector. The Planning Assistance Center houses information on funding and consultant opportunities as well as educational programs, marketing initiatives, and other resources that are important to region.
DVRPC administers or advises on a number of funding opportunities, most of which are designed for local governments.
DVRPC provides technical assistance to local governments on a wide range of topics.
Consultants can find Request for Proposals (RFPs), Request for Qualifications (RFQs) and other opportunities here. DVRPC occasionally posts RFPs for member governments as a courtesy.
DVRPC manages the regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) for the Greater Philadelphia region, satisfying provisions of the United States Economic Development Administration.
Smart Growth is a planning approach that recognizes the impact transportation investments have on land use and community form. We rely on municipalities to enable smart growth through various tools and the private sector to implement smart growth through development.
DVRPC offers a range of planning services, planning resources, and educational opportunities that municipal officials, volunteers, and interested citizens may find useful.
DVRPC produces a series of brochures for local governments to educate on emerging topics in the planning field and assist in implementing the region's long-range plan. Municipal governments have the primary authority and responsibility to implement land use policies. Each MIT covers a different topic and provides an overview of the use of the tool, the benefits, and best practices.
In New Jersey and Pennsylvania, municipalities have "home rule," meaning that municipal governments have decision-making power over many issues that impact the natural environment and quality of life. There are many tools, such as Environmental Resource Inventories and Steep Slope Ordinances, available to municipalities to protect the environment while directing future development.