Association of Bay Area Governments Metropolitan Transportation Commission Bay Conservation and Development Commission Bay Area Air Quality Management District
Technical Assistance Program

The FOCUS Program announces a call for applications for the fourth cycle of its Smart Growth Technical Assistance Program.

Technical assistance services are available to local jurisdictions through FOCUS to advance transit-oriented development (TOD) in the Priority Development Areas (PDAs).

The objective of this flexible technical assistance program is to support discrete planning projects that will advance implementation of PDA-related plans in support of FOCUS goals. Customized in-kind technical assistance will be provided to local jurisdictions seeking to overcome specific policy or planning challenges to the adoption or successful implementation of PDA-related plans.

Projects within PDAs that call for creative, forward-thinking solutions for addressing typical impediments to the development of successful TOD, and that can help to build a higher level of support for development of complete communities within the Bay Area are ideal.

Applications for Cycle 4 Technical Assistance projects are due September 26, 2012.

For more information, please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions document from Technical Assistance, Cycle 1.

Technical Assistance Final Reports

Cycle 1

Cycle 2

Cycle 1 Technical Assistance Grantees

Cycle 1 Technical Assistance services were awarded in February 2010. The following projects were selected:
  • City of Berkeley Downtown Berkeley Comprehensive Financing Plan ($50,000 award)
  • City of Martinez Downtown Martinez Infrastructure Study ($25,000 award)
  • SamTrans Grand Boulevard Initiative Economic & Housing Opportunities Project-Phase 1 ($50,000 award)
  • City of San Carlos TOD Ordinance & Form-Based Code ($50,000 award)

Cycle 2 Technical Assistance Grantees

Cycle 2 Technical Assistance services were awarded in January 2011. The following projects were selected:
  • City of Oakland - Temescal Parking Demand and Pricing Study ($60,000 award)
  • City of Cloverdale - Feasible Design of the Greenway Undercrossing/Caltrans Coordination ($30,000 award)
  • City of El Cerrito - Del Norte Transit-Oriented Development Strategy ($60,000 award)
  • Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority - Comprehensive Evaluation of Replacement Parking
  • Requirements at Transit-Oriented Development Sites ($55,000 award)
  • City of Suisun City - Development Feasibility Analysis ($60,000 award)

Cycle 3 Technical Assistance Grantees

Cycle 2 Technical Assistance services were awarded in January 2011. The following projects were selected:
  • Marin County - Multi-family design guidelines development and outreach ($55,000 award)
  • City of East Palo Alto - Specific Plan Nexus Study and Impact Fee for public improvements ($60,000 award)
  • City of Oakland - Oakland Residential Parking Survey - Telegraph Avenue ($24,000 award)

Contact Information

For questions regarding the application, please contact Therese Trivedi, MTC Planner at or 510-817-5767.