The Capital District Regional Planning Commission provides technical assistance in program areas such as sustainability, water quality, GIS and mapping, and land use planning. In addition to these areas, the Commission also provides the following contractual, technical assistance.
Technical Assistance Program
The Capital District Transportation Committee (CDTC) and the Capital District Regional Planning Commission (CDRPC) are pleased to announce a collaborative technical assistance program aimed at helping area communities advance local projects that resonate with the New Visions 2040 Regional Transportation Plan. Eligible project categories include, but are not limited to, project support and development, data analysis and mapping, transportation planning analysis, and land use planning to apply.
Municipalities within the designated planning area of the Capital District Transportation Committee in the counties of Albany, Rensselaer, Saratoga, and Schenectady counties are eligible to apply. Examples of eligible projects may include: traffic modeling or transportation safety projects, grant writing assistance, community connectivity or trail development planning, and GIS mapping and analysis.
CDRPC and CDTC are accepting applications for another round of 2021 Technical Assistance Projects through December 1st, 2021. To learn more or to apply, check out CDTC’s website here.
- Provides data on Town development trends, including population and economic analysis and compares to regional trends.
- Provides existing data and base mapping, information on best practices for comprehensive planning, frames a public involvement process and develops a public survey tool.
- Provides data on current access to healthy food, provides information on methods of healthy food provision (i.e. farmers market, veggie mobile, etc.) and participate in village committee meeting to identify options to increase food accessibility.
City of Rensselaer Comprehensive Plan Assistance
- Provide guidance on data needs for economic development planning and toward the update of the Comprehensive Plan. Provide existing conditions data on economic and development trends.
- An analysis of the Town’s Zoning regulations as they pertain to a portion of Route 50 for Complete Streets (pedestrian, vehicular, transit, bicycle), access management, stormwater management and land use
- CDRPC assisted the Town of East Greenbush with a feasibility study for a complete street on Gilligan Road. This project identified bicycle and pedestrian routing options that provide safe, separated and supporting infrastructure in the corridor.
- CDRPC assisted the Town of Clifton Park with data collection and analysis to understand the development and conservation trends of the Western Clifton Park study area as defined in the 2005 Western Clifton Park Land Conservation Plan & GEIS Study.
- CDRPC provided assistance to Westerlo’s Comprehensive Plan Committee to help prepare for a Comprehensive Plan update by providing important data updates for how the Town has changed since the last Comprehensive Plan update.
Town of Colonie Enhanced Development Regulations
- CDRPC assisted the Town of Colonie with improving the environmental sustainability of new development within the Town. This project will investigate the feasibility of incorporating Green Area Ratio and Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station requirements into the Town’s Zoning Ordinance.
City of Troy Regional Growth and Infrastructure Capacity Analysis
- CDRPC assisted the City of Troy to identify and convene stakeholders to discuss inter-municipal communication, examine development and development capacity, and explore ways to balance growth with sewer and transportation infrastructure capacity. Within a larger context, CDRPC and CDTC staff will seek to work with the stakeholders to apply New Visions principles to decisions related to future growth.
Village of Ballston Spa Comprehensive Plan Update Guidance and Data Project
- CDRPC provided guidance to the Village of Ballston Spa as it began the process of updating its Comprehensive Plan. CDRPC provided an assessment of the existing Comprehensive Plan, compilation of existing conditions data, data analysis and the development of a draft Request for Proposals for professional planning services for the Comprehensive Plan update. The data and recommendations from CDRPC’s work will be incorporated into the Comprehensive Plan update process.
Regional Impact Analysis
Economic Impact Analysis
An economic impact analysis examines the effect of an event on the economy in a specified area, ranging from a single community to the entire region. It usually measures changes in business revenue, business profits, personal wages, and/or jobs. The economic event analyzed can include implementation of a new policy or project, or may simply be the presence of a business or organization. An economic impact analysis is commonly conducted when there is public concern about the potential impacts of a proposed project or policy.
An economic impact analysis is a common economic development and planning technique used to examine how an activity will have an impact on things such as jobs, economic output, and tax revenues. The analysis models how an activity, such as construction spending or employment changes, will impact a local or regional economy. That impact, or “shock,” is modeled using input-output analysis to determine what are the direct, indirect, and induced impacts. An economic impact analysis is not a complete benefit-cost analysis because it only examines the impact of that economic “shock.” Unlike a fiscal impact analysis, an economic impact analysis doesn’t look at it cost side of the equation.
The Capital District Regional Planning Commission performs this analysis for local governments and non-profits in the region. Our past clients include:
- Capitalize Albany Corporation
- Center for Economic Growth
- City of Schenectady
- Columbia County
- Port of Albany
- Proctor’s Theater
- Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
- Saratoga County Prosperity Partnership
- Saratoga Hospital
- Schenectady Metroplex
- Skidmore College
- Town of Guilderland Industrial Development Agency
- University at Albany
- Whitney M. Young, Jr. Health Services
The Commission has also performed its own economic impact analysis associated with current trends and topics occurring in the Capital District. These include:
- Annual Economic Impact of the Capital Region Foreign-Trade Zone
- Potential Economic Impact of Amazon HQ2 on the Capital Region
- Economic Impact of GlobalFoundries on the Capital Region and New York State
- Estimated Economic Impact of Capital District Non-Profit Organizations on the Capital Region
Fiscal Impact Analysis
A fiscal impact analysis is a type of benefit-cost analysis that considers the revenues generated by a new development less the costs to support it. We examine all costs to support a development (e.g. school, infrastructure, public safety) versus the cost of services to be provided to a new development, which may be a housing or commercial development for example. We examine how much it will cost to support that development and what are the potential revenue (i.e. taxes, fees) generated because of the development. The result is an examination of how the costs to support a new development are balanced against the financial benefits of that same development. While it may be preferable to generate net new revenues to benefit a community, our analysis does not take a position on those concerns because they are specific to that community’s overall goals and objectives.
Utilizing qualitative and quantitative analysis, the Capital District Regional Planning Commission conducts research into the patterns and trends that have influenced enrollment and determine how those influences will impact enrollment in the future. Our analysis provides school districts with a comprehensive understanding of projected enrollment throughout the district, including grade-to-grade enrollment trends and birth rates. All reports include an extensive overview of local residential building activity from which future enrollment can partially be projected.
Our past clients include: