The City uses federal CDBG (Community Development Block Grant) and HOME dollars to help fund scattered site residential rehabilitation, demolition, and infill activities. Prior to drawing down funds for these activities, HUD requires the completion of an environmental review checklist for each project. In order to facilitate this process, the City has completed a Broad-Level Tiered Environmental Review for Activities/Projects that are Categorically Excluded Subject to 24 CFR Part 58.5.
This broad-level review identifies and evaluates the issues that can be fully addressed and resolved, notwithstanding possible limited knowledge of the project, and establishes the standards, constraints, and processes to be followed in the site-specific reviews.
It covers the time period from July 1, 2020 – June 30, 2025 and allows for up to 300 dwelling units/lots to be funded in whole or part with up to $12m in HUD (CDBG and HOME) funds. As individual sites are selected for review, the site-specific reviews will evaluate the remaining issues based on the policies established in the broad-level review.
A copy of the ERR can be examined and/or copied by contacting the Housing and Neighborhoods Department. A public comment period for the ERR will remain open until. To learn more, view the Notice Of The Intent to Request Release of Funds.
The comment period closes on Oct. 22, 2020.