DLTA and the Community Compact Cabinet (CCC)

Since 2009, Massachusetts has funded the District Local Technical Assistance (DLTA) program to enable communities to work on projects that they would otherwise be unable to complete.  Working with the Commonwealth, regional planning agencies (RPAs) select and implement eligible DLTA projects from community applications.  We emphasize projects that both (1) meet the program’s goals and (2) have a high likelihood of creating more public and private investments.

The Baker-Polito Administration has recently provided even more guidance for DLTA under year 2 of its Community Compact Cabinet (CCC).  CCC allows communities and the Commonwealth to agree on areas of shared interest known as “Best Practices.”  RPAs are in a natural position to provide expert technical assistance to meet these goals and to work in partnership with the Commonwealth and the communities we serve. 

For this and subsequent years of DLTA, SRPEDD will respond to the needs of our communities to Plan Ahead for Housing and to Plan Ahead for Growth.  We will also directly Support the Community Compact Cabinet (including Regionalization) by encouraging existing Compact communities to implement their adopted Best Practices.  Moreover, SRPEDD will work with non-Compact communities to identify Best Practices from year 2, to enter into a Compact with the Commonwealth, and to immediately begin work on their chosen projects.

 We look forward to working with you!

DLTA Program Information 

SRPEDD offers Technical Assistance for cities and towns that want to add new or enhanced services without the budget needed to fund such activities.

The District Local Technical Assistance (DLTA) program, funded statewide at $2.8 million for FY 2016 by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, allows Regional Planning Agencies to provide much needed planning and technical assistance to their member communities.

SRPEDD uses its DLTA funding to assist cities and towns with projects that address one or more of the Community Compact Cabinet Best Practices and/or support the collaboration among communities to develop shared land use objectives and shared services. DLTA encourages municipalities to work together to achieve and/or enhance cost effective service delivery or to create sustainable ongoing collaboration/consultation on issues affecting the municipalities.

Within this program, SRPEDD is offering Technical Assistance to member communities in two categories: municipal partnerships and sustainable development and land use.  For work samples and a comprehensive list of technical assistance projects completed under DLTA, please see the DLTA Technical Assistance Archive.

Municipal Partnerships

Collaboration among municipalities in projects dealing with cost effective municipal service delivery.  Example of efforts in this area might include:

  • Shared services and staff positions
    • ACO, Veterans Agent, Inspectors, Health Agents, technology and IT services
    • District Public Health Programs
  • Cooperative agreements/collaboration among communities
    • Regional 911 dispatch
    • Waste removal- processing-recycling
    • Green energy solutions
  • Joint/collective purchasing
    • Large/specialized capital equipment and consumables (SRPEDD can handle the  30B process)
  • E-Government initiatives
    • Online permits, fee and bill payments, inter-departmental data access, GIS mapping, records management
  • Other municipal activities, delivered more efficiently on a multi-community basis

Sustainable Development and Land Use

Examples of work in this area would include:

  • Preparation and implementation of bylaws and ordinances
    • District bylaws/ordinances, including bylaws for workforce housing
    • Economic development bylaws/ordinances, including development of mixed-use districts 
    • Residential open space bylaws
    • Low-impact development regulations
    • Transfer of Development Rights (TDR) bylaws/ordinance 
  • Prompt and reliable permitting process for clean energy/co-generation facilities, economic development districts and/or housing districts
  • Master Plan elements
  • Open Space Plan elements
  • Climate Resiliency Planning
  • Corridor analysis among 2 or more communities relating to zoning, transportation, housing, economic development and open space protection

Other Information on DLTA

FY 2016 DLTA Solicitation and Assistance Request Form

DLTA Technical Assistance Archive

List of DLTA Technical Assistance Projects, 2009 - 2014

Massachusetts Sustainable Development Principles

Community Compact Cabinet


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