Local Planning Capacity Grant Program Launch
DOLA is pleased to announce the Local Planning Capacity (LPC) grant program, made possible by Proposition 123 with funding from the Statewide Affordable Housing Support Fund. This grant program will be managed by the Community Development Office (CDO) within DOLA’s Division of Local Government (DLG).
October 19th Informational Webinar for Local Government Input:
Local government representatives are invited to participate in an informational webinar outlining the requirements and allowable activities under the Local Planning Capacity Grant Program. This interactive session will give local governments an opportunity to ask questions and give input on the final program guidelines. Comments may also be submitted via phone or email.
Estimated Program Timeline for Year 1 (2023-2024):
- Thursday, October 19 – Informational Webinar
- Monday, October 23 – deadline to submit stakeholder input on grant program guidelines through 5pm.
- November 1 – Letter of Interest (LOI) opens; accepted through December 4
- Mid-December – Notification of invitations to apply
- January 3 - February 15, 2024 – Full Application is open, through the DLG Online Grants Portal per the Notice of Funding Availability (NOFA).
- March 2024 – Estimated Grant Award notification.
More information about this grant program is available on the Program website.
The intent of the program is to increase the capacity of local government planning departments responsible for processing land use, permitting, and zoning applications for housing projects. The program supports local governments’ capacity to address affordable housing, especially by expediting review, permitting, zoning, and development for which 50% or more of the residential units constitute affordable housing. Grant funds could support new staff wages, hiring consultants, implementing new systems and technologies, revising land use development codes, regional collaborations, developing future commitments, or other efforts that achieve fast track goals by 2026, as required by Proposition 123.