Connecting Communities

2016 Connecting Communities Planning Grant

Please contact Heather Davis Reidl at or 330-375-2436 ext. 4434 with any questions.

Congratulations to the recipients of our 5th round of planning grant funds!

Planning Grant Applications should further the following Connecting Communities principles:

  • Increase alternative transportation options to connect people and places
  • Promote Complete Street principles to create vibrant and safe places for all users
  • Leverage transportation projects to develop places which support alternative transportation and complete streets through land use and design


Sample Legislation

A Guide to Integrating Land Use and Transportation

The purpose of Connecting Communities – A Guide to Integrating Land Use and Transportation is to promote a region that balances environmental, social and economic concerns by improving coordination between land use and transportation. Connecting Communities utilizes a regional planning process to explore strategies to increase transportation choices and accessibility, help communities make collaborative, informed decisions to coordinate development, reduce environmental impacts and improve regional connectivity.

The intent of this initiative is to create more vibrant livable communities though coordinating resources, partners and stakeholders to integrate transportation and land use planning and decisions in the greater Akron area. It looks at how transportation funding, project selection and planning can better complement land use planning that encourages investment and revitalization of established neighborhoods and regional collaboration.

Connecting Communities – Executive Summary

Connecting Communities Initiative – A Guide to Integrating Land Use and Transportation

For additional information or questions contact Heather Reidl at 330-375-2436  ext. 4434 or email her at

Check out the Northside Connections Study, which recommends pedestrian safety improvements to the MLK/Howard Street/Main Street intersection.



Boston Heights

Village of Boston Heights Final Report


Ravenna SALT (Safe Alternatives, Less Traffic) Study

Akron-Metro RTA

Akron-Metro RTA Final Report


Village of Richfield Crossroads of Commerce and Community