The Quick Response program helps communities identify ways to implement integrated transportation and land use plans and assists with multi-modal problem solving. Projects funded through the Quick Response program are typically site specific, small scale, and short term -- focusing on facilitating readiness for future development (ideally within three years) and identification of cost effective community design. The outcome of a Quick Response project should meet community objectives while achieving Transportation and Growth Management program goals and objectives supporting transportation-efficient, livable communities. Projects that are larger in scale or scope may be candidates for the regular TGM Grant program.
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To qualify for funding, applications for Quick Response projects must meet all of the following:
- TGM Program Objectives: Projects will be considered only if the governmental entity understands TGM program objectives and is willing to work towards project solutions consistent with them.
- Transportation: Projects must have a clear transportation relationship and benefits. Projects exclusively addressing land use issues are not eligible.
- Implementation Focus: Quick Response helps bridge the gap between long range planning and subsequent actions affecting specific properties. Typically, the project recommendations must be able to be implemented within three years.
- Local Sponsor: A request for Quick Response assistance must be sponsored by the government entity that will be responsible for approving or implementing the project.
- ODOT and DLCD Support: ODOT and DLCD regional staff must support the project.
Local governments and special districts may seek Quick Response program assistance in response to a development opportunity that, though it may meet the letter of the law, could better address the community’s vision for well-planned development served by a balanced transportation network. In some cases, the project area may include multiple properties in order to address multi-modal issues. Typical assistance includes facilitated community involvement resulting in conceptual site plans and feasibility analysis. Support is limited to site alternatives analysis and related assistance rather than providing funding for engineering design or construction of physical elements.
Quick Response assistance includes the following types of projects:
- Private Development: Assist cities, counties and private developers in conceptual design of mixed-use pedestrian-oriented development projects where near-term development is desired. Both the local government and property owner/developer must agree to participate in the project.
- Public Facility Siting and Design: Provide conceptual site design assistance and supportive analysis to governmental entities that moves a planned facility toward implementation. For example, a school district may wish to evaluate the relative merits of renovating an existing school versus constructing a new facility on a different site. Project services may include location and multi-modal analysis to facilitate convenient walking, biking, and transit. Services are provided at the request of a government entity (e.g., city, county, special district, tribe). If the project involves multiple government agencies, all must agree to participate.
- School Access and Siting: This program element may complement the Safe Routes to School program and can include traffic safety assessments of school parking, circulation, and loading. Assistance is provided at the request of the school district, with city or county coordination and participation.
- Multi-modal Streetscape Planning: Assist cities, counties and state agencies with multi-modal streetscape planning to enhance funded transportation projects. These projects are typically at the request of local governments and on local facilities. When the project is for an ODOT facility the ODOT regional office must participate.
- Intermodal Connections: This program element funds feasibility assessments related to multi-modal connections for passengers or freight at the request of a local government, state agency, tribe and/or private entity. If the project involves a private entity and multiple government entities all must agree to participate.
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 Eligibility Criteria and Selection Factors (PDF).
Assistance is provided by a team of consultants based on their skills and experience appropriate to the specific project. Consultants are selected through ODOT’s procurement process.
Every Quick Response project reflects the specific issues and concerns of the community. For example, a project may focus on a specific development proposal, or it may address coordinated future improvements to adjoining parcels and rights-of-way. Most projects are executed through the following phases:
- Reconnaissance: The primary initial activity is looking and listening. Consultants typically visit the site and study area early in the project. Consultants listen to what residents, owners, local officials, and other stakeholders say about the study area and may prepare a site opportunities and constraints analysis.
- Alternatives: There is always more than one possible solution and most projects include multiple concepts that explore possibilities. Public input on alternatives is crucial to moving to the final stage.
- Solutions: In consultation with the community, the consultant identifies the preferred site or study area alternative. Typically, a preferred alternative is “concept-level” and does not address every detail of future site development. A final report is prepared and presented at the conclusion of the project.
A Quick Response project may be initiated in around five months, although complicated situations may require a longer lead time. Once underway, a typical project lasts three to six months.
Quick Response Projects
Independence - Valley Concrete
The Valley Concrete site presents a unique opportunity for redevelopment adjacent to the Willamette River, Riverview Park, and the historic downtown.
This Quick Response project studied options for a downtown plaza with adjacent transit center in downtown Roseburg.
Milwaukie - 19th Avenue Project (PDF)
This Quick Response project helped design a neighborhood greenway in Milwaukie.
Alwin Turiel, AICP, PMP
Department of Land Conservation & Development
635 Capitol St NE, Suite 150
Salem, OR 97301-2564