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.
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