Station Area and Urban Center Planning Funds

The DRCOG Board has established an ambitious target of locating 25 percent of housing and 50 percent of employment in regionally designated urban centers between now and 2040. To support this goal DRCOG has allocated Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) funding for local governments to develop smaller area plans for station areas and urban centers (STAMP/UC).

Station area master plans and urban center studies create local visions and action strategies that ultimately assist in the implementation of Metro Vision, the region’s long-range plan for growth and development. There are four types of planning studies eligible through this funding opportunity: urban center study/station area master plan (original); next steps study; corridor-wide plan; and area planning and implementation strategies. 

Questions about this set-aside and current project applications may be directed to: Derrick Webb at dwebb@drcog.org or 303-480-6728.

Fiscal year 2019 projects

The call for projects application period closed Dec. 7, 2018. Through a project selection committee process, eight proposals were recommended for funding. The Board of Directors approved all eight recommendations during their meeting on February 20, 2019. Please see below for the full list of approved FY 2019 projects. This is the last year of STAMP/UC funding.

New set-aside coming soon

The 2020-2023 TIP Policy establishes $4.8 million in federal funds over the four-year period for a new set-aside called Community Mobility Planning and Implementation, or CMPI. More information will be available soon detailing eligibility criteria. The purpose of the CMPI set-aside is to support small-area planning and small infrastructure projects that contribute to the implementation of key outcomes within Metro Vision and the Metro Vision Regional Transportation Plan. It is anticipated that the first two-year period (FY2020 and 2021) will allocate $1 million for small-area planning and/or transportation studies, and $1.4 million for small infrastructure projects. The Board of Directors will consider the details of this new set-aside during its April meeting.

Metro Vision's urban centers element outlines how the Denver region can become an international model for healthy, livable communities. Vibrant urban centers connected by a robust multimodal network are central to this vision.