SRTA is hosting a webinar about Regional Early Action Planning (REAP) 2.0 on Wednesday, September 28 at 2 p.m. We'll be discussing the goals, objectives, and requirements of the program; upcoming public engagement and eligible uses; next steps; and questions and answers. This flexible state program makes over $2 million available to the Shasta Region and will allow us to partner with: Shasta County; the Cities of Anderson, Redding, and Shasta Lake; transit agencies, Tribal Entities, community-based organizations; a Public Housing Authority, academic institutions; and developers of Affordable Housing. Join the webinar at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81112422069?pwd=VzdQWVRsb21KSUJGZW5EKytNZHdZZz09
Regional Early Action Planning (REAP 2.0) is a flexible program that seeks to accelerate progress towards our state housing goals and climate commitments through a strengthened partnership between the state, its regions, and local entities. To achieve these goals, REAP 2.0 seeks to:
REAP 2.0 will be administered by the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) in collaboration with the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research (OPR), the Strategic Growth Council (SGC), and the California Air Resources Board (CARB).
REAP 2.0 provides a $600 million investment to advance implementation of adopted regional plans by funding planning and implementation activities that accelerate infill housing and reductions in per capita Vehicle Miles Traveled (VMT).
This new program was established as part of the 2021 California Comeback Plan under AB 140.
The REAP 2.0 Program makes available 85 percent of funds ($510,000,000) to MPOs and COGs through the “Formula Allocations to MPOs and COGs” funding stream. The maximum award amount available to the Shasta Region through SRTA is $2,243,909.07. SRTA is anticipating that no less than 70% of these funds will go towards implementation, with up to 25% available for planning efforts.
SRTA may partner through legally binding agreements with other forms of governments or entities where the proposal will have a direct effect on land-use, transportation, or development within areas of influence of the eligible applicant. This includes, but is not limited to, partnerships with other localities, regional governments, Housing authorities, school districts, special districts, community-based organizations, Tribal Entities or any duly constituted governing body of an Indian Reservation or Rancheria.
1. Accelerating Infill Development that facilitates Housing supply, choice, and affordability:
a) Affordable Housing development programs – which may involve predevelopment costs (e.g., studies, land acquisition and entitlements), large expenditures and capital investments – are eligible uses if the programs accelerate the supply of long-term Affordable Housing for Lower-Income and Moderate-Income Households in Infill areas, remove barriers to encourage development and commit to development within a reasonable time frame (e.g., within 5 years of the expenditure deadline). Affordable Housing developments can include mixed-uses (e.g., a minimum of 65 percent total floor area is residential use), and Affordable Housing units that are part of mixed income development programs.
b) Rezoning and guiding development by updating planning documents, development standards, and zoning ordinances, including general plans, community plans, specific plans, SCS, and local coastal programs. All uses that include the creation of planning documents must be accompanied by a commitment to adopt by the expenditure deadline
c) Revamping local planning processes to accelerate Infill development that facilitates Housing supply, choice, and affordability.
d) Completing environmental clearance to eliminate the need for project specific review for Infill development that facilitates Housing supply, choice, and affordability.
e) Establishing and funding an Affordable Housing catalyst fund, trust fund, or revolving loan fund for location efficient projects.
f) Performing infrastructure planning and investing in upgrading infrastructure, including for sewers, water systems, transit, active transportation, or other public facilities necessary to enable reduction in Per Capita VMT and accelerate Infill development that facilitates Housing supply, choice, and affordability.
2. Realizing Multimodal Communities:
a. Establishing and implementing a vision-zero policy and program, a safety plan, and a slow streets program.
b. Developing bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure plans and other multimodal plans or policies.
c. Investing in infrastructure projects and other programs to expand active transportation and implement bicycle or pedestrian plans.
d. Producing multimodal corridor studies associated with developing specific planning documents or implementation actions.
3. Shifting travel behavior through reducing driving:
a. Studying roadway pricing feasibility and implementing road pricing programs.
b. Funding the establishment of a local VMT impact fee or catalyzing a regional VMT mitigation bank (seed funding for mitigation is ineligible).
c. Funding and implementing parking and transportation demand management programs or ordinances.
d. Accelerating Infill Housing production near jobs, transit, and 12 resources.
4. Increasing transit ridership:
a. Funding and implementing actions to establish more seamless regional transit systems between and across communities, including establishing common fares systems, sync transit routing systems and schedules, service design, and wayfinding to connect residential neighborhoods with employment centers and other key destinations.
b. Developing and implementing multimodal access plans to and from transit facilities.
c. Planning for additional Housing near transit. All uses that include the creation of planning documents must be accompanied by a commitment to adopt by the expenditure deadline.
(G)Eligible activities under technical assistance may be broadly construed but must demonstrate a clear and significant nexus to all REAP 2.0 objectives.
(H)Eligible activities must have a significant geographic or region-wide benefit and are not intended to fund projects that are relatively small in scope.
SRTA is currently developing guidelines for an upcoming Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) and will be hosting a webinar for potential applicants in the Shasta Region on Wednesday, October 5, 2022 at 10 a.m. The webinar will be recorded and posted online for viewing. You may also review the NOFO for MPOs and the guidelines that will inform SRTA's guidelines at the California Department of Housing and Community Development website.