MRCOG’s Regional Planning Program is home to the Regional Transportation Planning Organization (RTPO), serving Sandoval, Torrance, and southern Santa Fe Counties, and the Local Planning Assistance (LPA) program, serving the entire MRCOG region.
The LPA program provides professional planning assistance and technical services to MRCOG’s member governments. Upon request, MRCOG staff provides various technical services, acting as an extension of local government staff.
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.
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 LPA 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 Mid-Region Council of Governments has received a grant from the Economic Development Administration to provide technical assistance for economic development in response to COVID-19.