TGM's Quick Response program is designed to help local governments with imminent development projects that meet local code requirements but may not address the community’s vision for efficient transportation and quality development. The Quick Response program can also help when a developer proposes an intense development that complies with the community’s goal of using land efficiently, but encounters opposition from neighboring residents or property owners. Quick Response projects don’t just focus on the parcel proposed for development, but also include planning for coordinated future development of adjoining parcels.
Projects that do not involve immediate development prospects don’t qualify for Quick Response assistance; however, projects that are more general, proactive or speculative may qualify for the TGM Grant program.
An underlying premise of the Quick Response program is that design matters, and that putting time and effort into improving a project’s design will result in a plan that can meet the objectives of the community, the developer, and the TGM program. Specific program objectives include encouraging mixed uses, efficient use of land, vibrant downtowns, support for all modes of travel (with special attention to encourage walking, bicycling and transit), and better connectivity within local street networks.
Application and Selection
Local jurisdictions can apply for a Quick Response project with a letter describing the project and requesting assistance. There is no specific application form and no application deadline. The local jurisdiction is not required to provide a cash match, but each project does require significant involvement of local staff and support including public notice and meeting logistics. Projects are selected based on meeting Quick Response Quick Response Eligibility Criteria and Selection Factors (PDF).
Typically, Quick Response assistance is provided by a team of consultants selected by TGM to offer the appropriate skills and expertise for the individual project. Every project is different, and must reflect the specific issues and characteristics of the community. A project may be initiated in a little as two months, although complicated situations may require a longer lead time. Once started, a typical planning project would last three to six months.
Quick Response Projects
Newport-South Beach Peninsula Transportation Refinement Plan (PDF)
TGM supported the development of this effort to plan for transportation improvements on the South Beach Peninsula to accommodate bicycles and pedestrians and improve vehicle safety and access to parking.