In February 2010, the City applied for the Department of Housing and Community Development Catalyst Projects for Sustainable Strategies Pilot Program for the Hercules Bayfront Transit Village project. The application was submitted by the City but included the Hercules Bayfront developer, Anderson Pacific LLC.
The Catalyst projects were selected for their commitment to incentivize sustainable communities and test innovative strategies to increase housing supply and affordability, improve the jobs and housing balance, and enhance transportation modal choices to promote environmental objectives. Selected projects also display a commitment to both State and Federal planning priorities including federal Department of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development and the EPA’s Partnership for Sustainable Communities.
Only a few projects in the State were selected, so the City is excited about the award. This special designation will enable the City to access specified State funding resources and priority or bonus points for specified State funds in addition to receiving technical assistance for the project because of the “Catalyst Project” title.
The Catalyst Projects for California Sustainable Strategies Pilot Program will enable the State to support local innovation, develop projects that integrate environmental, economic, transportation and housing goals and test strategies for broad implementation throughout California. The designated projects must remove barriers to development of transformative projects, demonstrate a high level of transferability, promote effective jobs and housing relationships, enhance multimodal transportation options, integrate sustainability and economic development plans, demonstrate significant resource, economic , and environmental benefits, and provide opportunities for community engagement and cross-sector collaboration. Catalyst Projects will be required to collect data and measure the effectiveness of their sustainable community strategies and develop and outline of how strategies and tools can be used across the state.
The Program was designed in partnership with Caltrans, the California Department of Conservation, the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, the California Air Resources Board, the California Housing Finance Agency, the California Infrastructure Bank, the California Energy Commission, the California Department of Public Health, the California Environmental Protection Agency, the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection and the California Department of Parks and Recreation.
The Catalyst Project designees will be awarded $9.3 million of Proposition 1C funding. Proposition 1C provides $2.85 billion to finance affordable housing and infrastructure across California, is part of the historic $42 billion package of infrastructure bonds approved by voters in November 2006.
For more information on the program: http://www.hcd.ca.gov/hpd/catalyst_project_rfp_1209.pdf
For more information on the designees: http://www.hcd.ca.gov/hpd/cpcsspp.html