COUNTY OF ALBEMARLE

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

AGENDA TITLE:

Community Development Block Grant for Crozet Meadows

 

SUBJECT/PROPOSAL/REQUEST:

Regulatory Compliance – Plan Adoptions and Certifications

 

STAFF CONTACT(S):

Messrs. Tucker, Elliott, Davis, White

 

 

LEGAL REVIEW:   Yes

AGENDA DATE:

February 4, 2009

 

ACTION:                INFORMATION:   

 

CONSENT AGENDA:

  ACTION:   X          INFORMATION:   

 

ATTACHMENTS:   Yes

 

REVIEWED BY:

 

 

 

BACKGROUND:

In July 2008 Albemarle County received an award of $700,000 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to support site development and construction of infrastructure for the expansion of Crozet Meadows Apartments. The use of CDBG funds is considered a “federal action” which requires the adoption of a number of regulatory items and certifications by the local government receiving the funds.  Some of the requirements are general and have been adopted by the County in previous years; however, some requirements, as outlined below, are project-specific and require action by the Board.

 

STRATEGIC PLAN:

By June 30, 2010, working in partnership with others, increase affordable housing opportunities for those who work and/or live in Albemarle County.

 

DISCUSSION:

Local Business and Employment Plan – The County must adopt a plan (attachment A) to designate the project area boundaries for the purpose of utilizing businesses and lower-income residents located in the project area to carry out the CDBG-funded activities to the greatest extent feasible.  The proposed Plan designates Albemarle County as the project area and includes the required ad to be posted in The Daily Progress.

 

Residential Anti-Displacement and Relocation Assistance Plan Certification – This certification (Attachment B) states that the County will notify the public and advise the state in the event that a CDBG-funded activity will result in demolition or conversion of residential units. Furthermore, should displacement occur, the County and/or the development owners will provide relocation assistance in accordance with the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of 1970.  The proposed undertakings at Crozet Meadows will not involve demolition or conversion of residential units which result in displacement.

 

Fair Housing Certification – This certification (Attachment C) states that the County will take at least one action annually to affirmatively further fair housing.  The action must be approved by the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (VDHCD). The Fair Housing resolution adopted by the Board each April is an approved action. 

 

Section 504, Non-Discrimination On Basis of Handicap Regulations – On October 1, 2003, the Board adopted a Section 504 Complaint Procedure for providing resolution of any complaint alleging any action prohibited by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.  The proposed procedure (Attachment D) revises and updates the previously adopted procedure. The address for the Chief of Housing was changed to the County Office Building on 5th Street and Bryan Elliott is now designated as the individual who would receive requests for reconsideration of any initial determinations and/or resolutions. 

 

BUDGET IMPACT:

There are no budget impacts associated with the adoption of these items.  The required Local Business and Employment Plan advertisement is a CDBG grant-eligible expenditure reimbursable upon the execution of the CDBG contract.

 

RECOMMENDATIONS:

Staff recommends that the Board 1) adopt the Local Business and Employment Plan; 2) authorize the County Executive to execute the Residential Anti-Displacement and Relocation Assistance Plan Certification; 3) authorize the County Executive to execute the Fair Housing Certification; and 4) adopt the revised Section 504 Complaint Procedure.

 

ATTACHMENTS

A - Local Business and Employment Plan

B - Residential Anti-Displacement and Relocation Assistance Plan Certification

C - Fair Housing Certification

D - Section 504 Complaint Procedure

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