PLCC: Community Compact

Pursuing a common vision and strategy for community and economic development in the Purple Line Corridor

Purple Line Community Compact Process

The Purple Line Community Compact will articulate a collective vision for vibrant economic and community development along the 16-mile corridor, strategies to achieve that vision and a commitment by a variety of project stakeholders. It represents an opportunity to leverage the Purple Line investment to achieve benefits throughout the communities along its route, including:

      • Revitalizing and stabilizing neighborhoods
      • Supporting small businesses
      • Connecting workers with jobs
      • Creating healthy and vibrant communities

 

Capturing the benefits of transit investments requires coordination and cooperation by a broad group of stakeholders. In summer 2014, officials from the State of Maryland, Montgomery and Prince George’s County joined forces with the Purple Line Corridor Coalition (PLCC) and stakeholders to develop a Purple Line Community Compact. In the Fall and Winter of 2014, PLCC members and more than 300 leaders from communities, businesses and local governments in Montgomery and Prince George’s Counties, and state agencies engaged in a transparent and inclusive dialog, set goals and made commitments as part of the compact process. Our joint commitment offers the opportunity to truly maximize a return on this important investment.

As of March 2015, the draft compact work is on temporary hold while reviews and decisions are being made at the state level about the Purple Line. The PLCC understands that there may be changes to the project schedule and scope, and that the Administration may have new ideas about how the Purple Line can further social and economic goals. As we have conveyed to the Governor, when the administration is ready to proceed, the Purple Line Corridor Coalition, which has a proven record of forging concensus, is ready to work with the administration.

 

Past Purple Line Community Compact Workshops

   
    Compact Workshop  
   

Purple Line map

 
    Purple Line Community Compact Workshop Part 2

November 17, 2014, 4:00 to 7:00 PM
Felegy Elementary School
6110 Editors Drive
Hyattsville, MD 20782

Registration and Information Link

 

Join Us: The Purple Line Corridor Coalition (PLCC), which represents communities, public institutions, community organizations and businesses across the Purple Line Corridor, invites leaders to join us for a two-part workshop this fall to identify common goals and priorities for the Purple Line Community Compact, a shared commitment to support communities along the corridor.

Who Should Attend: Leaders from local and state government, community organizations, civic associations, chambers of commerce, business and merchant associations, design and development firms, philanthropic organizations, faith communities, neighborhood groups, tenant associations, and others with significant interest in the health and vitality of the Purple Line corridor.

Space is limited. Please limit the number of attendees from any one organization to two or three representatives.

At the Workshops:
Modeled after other compacts written in Seattle and Baltimore as part of major transit projects, the compact will be developed through an inclusive public process in the form of community workshops, led by committed partners invested in the corridor. The workshops will encourage attendees to participate in activities designed to provide input for the contents of the Purple Line Compact. Leaders are encouraged to attend both workshops to contribute at every stage of the compact development.

The development of the Purple Line Community Compact builds on the PLCC’s March 2014 "Beyond the Tracks" workshop findings.
More information on the “Beyond the Tracks” workshop here.

Other Questions: The Community Compact workshops will focus on community and economic development in the region. For other questions about the Purple Line Light Rail plans, visit the Maryland Transit Administration.

 
  Coordinating Partners  
 
 
  NCSG   State of Maryland   Prince George’s County   Montgomery County  
 
  Maryland DLLR   Maryland Department of Planning  
 
  Fair Development Coalition  
 

 

 
  Workshop Funders  
 
 
  Prince Charitable Trusts   Enterprise  
 
  Maryland DHCD   Maryland Transit Administration  
 

 

Community Compacts

A community Compact is a written but not legally binding document that articulates a vision for the future, a strategy for achieving that vision, and a commitment of its signatories to taking actions toward the vision. When prepared in advance of a major investment in light rail transit, community compacts often include commitments to preserving affordable housing, supporting small businesses during and after construction, connecting workers with jobs, and working to create vibrant, sustainable, and equitable communities. Community Compacts are typically signed by elected and appointed government officials; leaders of community, business, and labor organizations; and representatives of key public and private institutions. Community compacts are not an end in themselves, but set the framework for future steps towards implementation by signatory organizations. 

Resources

 

PLCC Letter to Governor Hogan
PLCC Compact Workshop 1 Program
Purple Line Compact Media Advisory
Baltimore’s Red Line Community Compact
Puget Sound Growing Transit Communities
Purple Line: How to grow without leaving folks behind, WTOP, October 25, 2014

   
     
   
     
   
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