About the Capital Region Sustainable Communities Partnership

Public- and private-sector leaders and community members in Wisconsin’s Capital Region recognize the importance of working together to maintain and improve the region’s strength in economic opportunity, excellent natural resources and quality of life. Challenges – such as efficient and equitable transportation, improved water quality, providing housing options near jobs and transit, increasing capital investments and jobs, and fostering career opportunities for all are interrelated and span municipal borders. They cannot be solved by any one municipality or organization acting alone or through single-focus methods.

In summer 2010, twenty-seven governmental, business and non-profit entities came together as Capital Region Sustainable Communities (CRSC) to seek funding for collaborative approaches to these regional challenges. Led by the Capital Area Regional Planning Commission (CARPC), the Partnership secured a three-year, $1.975 million Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities. CRSC is a public-private collaboration that is enhancing the environment, economy and community through an integrated approach.

CRSC is focused on six sustainability activities:

Develop a broad partnership to advance regional sustainable development.
Prepare plans for enhanced transit and transit-oriented development.
Prepare Future Urban Development Area (FUDA) plans for sustainable urban growth.
Close gaps in local/regional plans for inclusive participation, housing and air quality.
Demonstrate sustainable development through catalytic projects.
Establish sustainability indicators and track progress towards long-term desired outcomes.

CRSC Summary Documents

Capital Region Sustainable Communities Summary PDF
CRSC Activities PDF
CRSC Activity Schedule PDF
Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant

Funding for Capital Region Sustainable Communities is provided by a Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant (SCRPG) from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). HUD, along with the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), and the Environmental Protection Agency, formed the federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities. Through this Partnership, the agencies seek to align their programs along a shared set of Livability Principles.