Policy Development

The Policy Development program provides funding to participating cities to support locally adopted policies that influence physical development and further both LCA and Thrive MSP 2040 goals with an emphasis on equitable development. 

Policy Development Goals

  • Maximize the impact of Livable Communities Act dollars by supporting city-wide policies in the region that further LCA and Thrive goals
  • ​Support policy-level change that will realize more equitable development outcomes beyond individual projects

Announcements

 
2022 LCA Policy Development Webinar

May 12th, 2022
Review the new LCA Policy Development Program: program goals, eligible policies, eligible activities, scoring criteria, and questions answered.
Watch the webinar here
Read the slides here

 


2022 LCA General Information Webinar Session

March 3, 2022
The webinar covers all of the LCA programs for 2022. Learn about changes to programs, new programs to 2022, the 2022 schedule, funding amounts, and other opportunities to learn more about specific programs.
Listen to the webinar here

This is a new program being offered in 2022. It is an expansion of the previous TOD Policy funding. TOD policies will still be eligible, but the new program does not limit applications to just TOD policy.

Match amount: No match required

Award limits: $50,000 per city

Application Limits: One per city or county

Grant terms: Two years

Extensions: Up to one year

The funding for the Policy Development program is shared with the Pre-Development funding in Round Two, which will have a base amount of $1 million. Any remaining funds from Round One of Pre-Development will be added to the amount available in Round Two. There is a $50,000 award limit per city for the Policy Development program.

Polidy Development Timeline

 
July 18
Applications due (Policy Development funding is only available in Round 2 of Pre-Development
September
Council awards decision

The Policy Development program can support creating locally adopted, enforceable policies that have an impact on physical development city-wide or in a specific defined area, for example a station area. The funds can only pay for activities that happen after the grant is awarded. Any work that was completed before award won’t be eligible. Like with other LCA programs the funds will be awarded as reimbursements for work completed.

Eligible Activities 

What: Proposed Project Outcomes
Policy Development

  • Consultant services to develop a policy that will further LCA and Thrive goals
  • Community engagement to define the policy
Ineligible Activities
  • Staff time not related to engagement efforts
  • Work done before the grant was awarded

Pre-development applications are scored by a review panel of Community Development staff at the Metropolitan Council. The review panel will look to see how much the Policy Development grant activities will support a policy that meets Livable Communities and Thrive goals as well as engagement around developing the policy. The specific scoring criteria and weighting are in the scoring table.

Look through the scoring criteria and how each section is weighed to see how your project might score in the review process.

More information about the how the projects are scored is available in the Policy Development 2022 Evaluation Explanation (PDF)

Policy Development Scoring Table

LCA is focused on addressing racial inequity in the region given race is the largest predictor of inequitable outcomes in jobs, housing, and other LCA goals. Projects addressing racial equity will be prioritized in scoring. Projects addressing other inequities will earn points towards how they address those inequities but will not receive full points unless they also consider the intersection of racial inequity.
Category
Criteria
Points

What: Policy Development Project Outcomes

The goals and vision of the proposed policy would meet one or more of the following LCA and/or Thrive goals:
LCA and Thrive Goals
  • Increase choice in local housing options by adding new housing types and creating affordable housing opportunities. Priority for projects with deep affordability and/or serving a special population
  • Create or preserve permanent jobs opportunities with emphasis on accessible, living wage jobs
  • Intensify land uses on the site and take advantage of connections between housing, jobs, services and amenities across the region and in the project area, including accessibility and universal design
  • Minimize climate impact by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and conserving natural resources
  • Further equity outcomes in access to affordable housing, access to living wage jobs, climate impacts, and regional connections
25
  • Extent to which the policy will support achieving more equitable development outcomes
 

How: Proposed PolicyProcess

Process
  • Project process will include analysis of who will benefit most from the policy and in what ways, and use findings to influence equitable development strategies and outcomes
  • The process plans for meaningful and appropriate engagement, including a variety of partners that represent the demographics of the residential and/or workforce community, centering those most impacted by the project inequities
15
 

Who: Proposed Policy Team

 
Who is Involved
  • The team, including staff leads, consultants, and partners, is designed to reflect and be responsive to those underrepresented and most impacted by inequities
  • The policy team has a defined scope of work with tangible goals
  • The policy development team forms partnerships between government, private for-profit, and nonon-profit sector
10
 
Total Possible Points
50

After reviewing the funding availability, timeline, and eligibility sections please visit the Apply for LCA Grants page for details on how to apply for the Policy Development program.

A resolution of support from your City Council is required for application to the program. Saving Documents Please save all documents as compressed PDF files with the naming format: [Applicant_Project_AttachmentName]. For example, a site plan from City Y for their Downtown Development would be named City Y_Downtown Development_Site Plan.

Contact the program officer if you have any questions about how to save or attach any of the required documents

Required Documents
Scope of Work that will guide the consultant you intend to hire

Grantees submit semi-annual reports outlining ongoing project progress. These progress reports are supplemented by details provided in each payment request. Depending on the activities included in your grant award, there may be additional reporting requirements. These will be included in the grant agreement. For example, projects awarded funding for community engagement should document the engagement process and submit a final report with their final payment request.

A final report is required with the last payment request. The final report will ask about project successes, the impact of the grant funding, and any challenges in completing the project.

As a grantee you are responsible for alerting the LCA grants administration team of any changes to the project. The grant administrator will work with you to decide if there needs to be an amendment to your grant agreement based on the project changes.
 
Contact LCA Senior Project Administrator with questions regarding reporting requirements and grant follow-up
Samuel Johnson, Senior Project Administrator, (651) 602-1297 Samuel.Johnson@metc.state.mn.us

See LCA FAQ page for more information about LCA programs
 
Will the program pay for work done before the grant was awarded?
No, with the exception of site acquisition for affordable housing or jobs projects in low-income areas. Other than site acquisition, the grant money can only pay for work done after the grant is awarded. More information about paying for site acquisition is available in the Eligible Activities tab. 
 
What if the policy deosn;t get adopted by our City Council?
The Council will keep half of the award amount until the policy is adopted. If your policy is not adopted, the final half of the grant won’t be disbursed to the City.  
Prefer a PDF document of the key program pieces?
The Program Essentials document has key dates, funding amounts, eligible activities, and the scoring table. 
Policy Development 2022 Program Essentials (PDF)
Policy Development 2022 Evaluation Explanation (PDF)

Policy Development Program Coordinator

Hannah Gary (she/her)
hannah.gary@metc.state.mn.us