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Code Assistance

Code Assistance helps local governments identify and update regulations to promote efficient land use and transportation. These community projects aim to:

  • Promote a transportation system and development pattern that results in a balanced, multi-modal system that enhances opportunities for people to walk, bike, and use transit;
  • Increase the ease of use, or availability of, walking, biking and transit;
  • Provide alternatives to, or delay the need for, major road expansions;
  • Provide alternatives to, or delay the need for, the expansion of an urban growth boundary.

Code Assistance projects all include an initial assessment of current land development regulations. Most projects also include preparation of code amendments for consideration by local decision makers. These projects are usually conducted by consultants hired by TGM to work directly with local governments. Cash or in-kind match is not required, but local staff support is expected.

Code Assistance projects are selected using an application process and selection criteria (Selection of Code Assistance Projects). TGM prioritizes projects that implement the state's Transportation Planning Rule and the Oregon Transportation Plan. TGM also prefers projects that advance local transportation system plans (TSP) and those that address issues affecting fast-growing communities.

TGM is unable to fund work to simply update a set of plan policies or regulations. This type of project may be fundable by DLCD's planning grant program.

If you have questions, please contact us.

Related Resources:

Model Development Code for Small Cities
Smart Development Code Handbook
Commercial and Mixed-Use Development Handbook


Laura Buhl
Land Use & Transportation Planner
Phone: 503-934-0073

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