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South Coast RailThe Patrick Administration announced today that communities in the South Coast area can apply for technical assistance grants for projects that support the goals of the South Coast Rail Economic Development and Land Use Corridor Plan.

In previous years, communities have used the grants to implement the smart growth principles of the Corridor Plan through projects that include transit oriented development bylaws, riverwalk planning, mixed-use bylaws in town centers, and bicycle and pedestrian connectivity studies. The deadline to submit applications is June 30, 2014.

“This is the seventh year that MassDOT has made technical assistance funding available to the communities in the South Coast Rail corridor,” said Richard Davey, Secretary and CEO of MassDOT. “South Coast cities and towns are positioning themselves to welcome economic development that aligns with their goals, preserves natural resources, and ensures sustainability.”

The technical assistance grants are part of a broader strategy to target state investments in the region to advance the housing, economic development and preservation goals outlined in the Corridor Plan. According to a report prepared by the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, $939 million in public investments was targeted to South Coast cities and towns for fiscal years 2009, 2010 and 2011.

Technical assistance grants have been provided to communities in the region over the last six years, totaling more than $1.3 million. Applicants for the Fiscal Year 2015 awards are encouraged to focus on proposals for projects that support opportunities in Priority Development and Priority Preservation areas and advance the smart growth goals of the Corridor Plan. In particular, communities are encouraged to submit applications that will advance zoning or permitting in support of mixed-use development in the region, furthering Governor Patrick’s housing production goal of 10,000 new housing units per year.

For more on the plan, and to see priority areas for each community, visit www.southcoastrail.com.

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