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Code Assistance

The TGM Code Assistance program provides community-specific help to local governments to identify and update regulations that promote efficient land use and transportation, advancing these TGM objectives:

  • 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 convenience or availability of alternative modes of transportation;
  • Provide alternatives to, or delay the need for, major transportation improvements;
  • Provide alternatives to, or delay the need for, expansion of an urban growth boundary.

Code assistance projects can be undertaken in one or two phases: an initial assessment of the current land development regulations, and then preparation of code amendments for consideration by local decision-makers. The Code Assistance program contracts directly with consultants to provide assistance to local governments. Local governments are not required to provide cash or in-kind match, although we expect local staff to assist with meetings and other logistical support.

Our work is based on TGM publications such as the Model Development Code for Small Cities, the Smart Development Code Handbook, and the Commercial and Mixed-Use Development Handbook. We prioritize work that implements the Transportation Planning Rule (TPR), the Oregon Transportation Plan, the local transportation system plan (TSP), and addresses issues affecting fast-growing communities. We are unable to undertake work aimed at simply updating an outdated set of plan policies or regulations. DLCD technical assistance grants may be available for “housekeeping” types of projects.

If you wish to pursue a Code Assistance project further, contact us or review the criteria and application process described in the Selection of Code Assistance Projects document.

Staff Contact

Laura Buhl