MRCOG’s Regional Planning Program (RPP) serves the entire MRCOG region. The Regional Planning Program acts as an extension of local government staff, providing professional planning assistance and technical services to MRCOG’s member governments.
Grant Writing Assistance
MRCOG’s Regional Planning Program offers grant writing assistance for the communities in our region. We work with various grant writers to help communities complete applications for a variety of funding sources.
Workshops and Training
MRCOG holds an annual Planning Commissioners Workshop each spring for commissioners, elected officials, and local government staff. The workshop focuses on current planning trends and issues in the Mid-Region and aims to provide attendees with training on issues that may be affecting their locality. Additionally, the workshop provides a forum for attendees from throughout the region to share their lessons learned and knowledge with each other.
MRCOG staff also provides individualized trainings and workshops for planning commissioners and elected officials upon request.
Many municipalities throughout the region rely on MRCOG to keep their zoning and various other important maps up to date. MRCOG staff can create specialized maps upon request such as road ownership or voting district boundaries.
Fiscal Agent Services
MRCOG can act as a fiscal agent for member municipalities and counties in the form of financial oversight, per Executive Order 2013-006.
In many cases, local governments utilize RPP resources to reduce the cost of various planning projects. Municipalities, counties, and special districts in the Mid-Region can contract with MRCOG to do larger projects such as writing comprehensive plans, creating maps for comprehensive plans, revising ordinances, or doing special studies.
The Regional Transportation Planning Organization is housed under the Regional Planning Program. The RTPO provides transportation planning assistance to the nonmetropolitan areas in the MRCOG region (Sandoval, Torrance, and southern Santa Fe Counties).