The Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART) and two Councils of Government (now the Piedmont Triad Regional Council) - along with transportation, land use and housing agencies in the Piedmont Triad, four Metropolitan Planning Organizations that represent the region, and the planning and housing departments of the cities of Greensboro, High Point and Winston-Salem - successfully applied for the funding that would eventually create Piedmont Together. After receiving a 1.6 million dollar grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development in October 2010, much has happened to make Piedmont Together what it is today.
Piedmont Together was formerly known as the Piedmont Triad Sustainable Communities Planning Project, a three-year planning project that kicked off in May 2011. The first year of planning included discovering our region’s strengths and challenges while working to include the feedback of residents in Piedmont Triad communities. Public engagement increased over time with civic forums, a regional summit, and an agreement with a growing list of Consortium Members.
Work groups formed to focus on eight topics, including support systems, healthy communities, development patterns, housing, mobility systems, economic and workforce development, climate adaptation and energy, and green infrastructure. As community feedback and work group research continues, Piedmont Together incorporated these topics into our current five focus areas: Housing, Transportation, Jobs, Places and Spaces, and Healthy Communities.
To date, Piedmont Together has compiled 16 reports on various development issues in our region, and we continue to document and find local examples of best practices to illustrate our plan elements.
The final regional plan is currently being compiled and will provide development recommendations for the Piedmont Triad through 2040. Piedmont Together’s comprehensive plan will be available to the public in spring of 2014.