$106,500 awarded to four communities for ongoing planning projects

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$106,500 awarded to four communities for ongoing planning projects

The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) has awarded $106,500 in 2016 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) open cycle funding in the Planning Category to the communities of Brunswick, Ewing, Fairbury, and Thurston for ongoing planning efforts.

DECEMBER 13, 2016 (LINCOLN, NEB.)— The Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED) has awarded $106,500 in 2016 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) open cycle funding in the Planning Category to the communities of Brunswick, Ewing, Fairbury, and Thurston for ongoing planning efforts.

The money is part of Nebraska’s annual allocation of CDBG funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Funds are administered by DED.

Brunswick will use the $25,500 to complete a comprehensive plan, zoning regulations, blight and substandard study, general redevelopment plan, and infrastructure mapping utilizing GIS. The plan will provide Brunswick with a “vision” for future development and identify goals and policies articulated through public input processes.

Ewing will use $21,000 to complete a water study that will provide guidance to restore reliability, prepare for future water needs, project implementation, and plan to obtain funding. The existing water distribution system has been maintained, but families and businesses have complained about the lack of water pressure to run appliances.

Fairbury will use $30,000 to complete a corridor study of H Street, including: surveying street widths, drainage, and sidewalk assessments. The project has been identified as a priority in the community and will help determine how best to phase improvements, and promote sustainability through stormwater flood management best practices.

Thurston will use $30,000 to complete a comprehensive plan and zoning regulations. The planning process will provide goals, objectives, and priorities for all aspects of the village, including: infrastructure system, housing and development, business, transportation, recreation, land-use, and community facilities. The adoption of the plan and zoning regulations will also allow the village to annex two nearby businesses that are in support of the annexation effort.

Applications for the open cycle, will be accepted until the CDBG Planning Category funds are either depleted, or the first cycle of the next program year commences, whichever comes first.

Up to $30,000 is available for communities, and as much as $50,000 is available for multi-communities, counties, or regional applicants. Planning activities considered for funding include community strategic planning, such as environmental assessments, citizen participation, downtown revitalization, and fiscal management. Analyses of impediments and barriers to fair housing choices and neighborhood/comprehensive/strategic development plans may qualify.

Also considered are functional or special studies for housing, infrastructure, community economic development, land use/regulatory measure, main street improvement districts, downtown revitalization, energy conservation, and transportation. In addition, environmental, heritage tourism, and historic preservation studies may qualify.

For information about CDBG planning grants, contact Jenny B. Mason at 800-426-6505, 402-471-6280 or jenny.mason@nebraska.gov
Media Contact Kate Ellingson at 1-800-426-6505, 1-402-471-3749 or email kate.ellingson@nebraska.gov