Federal Barriers to Local Housing and Transportation Coordination
This report includes a synopsis of the history of barriers to local coordination of housing and transportation resulting from HUD and DOT statutes and regulations, a summary of efforts to date to identify barriers within each agency’s programs, and a description of efforts underway to address these
barriers. We conclude the report with a list of provisions in HUD and DOT statutes and regulations, grouped into four categories. These categories correspond to key areas where improved coordination would better support local strategies to plan and implement sustainable communities:
- Location‐efficient, Mixed‐use Development
- Affordability and Access to High‐Opportunity Locations
- Local Planning Coordination
- Streamlined Access to Federal Funding
Congress is uniquely positioned to address these barriers and identify solutions needed to eliminate many of the barriers given its jurisdiction over DOT and HUD appropriations and authorizations. Doing so will allow the agencies to continue to support local and regional innovation and continue to advance the six livability principles adopted by DOT, HUD and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency as the federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities.