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PUBLIC NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO THE REBUILD FLORIDA GENERAL PLANNING SUPPORT PROGRAM

Posted July 6th, 2020

PUBLIC NOTICE OF APPLICATION TO THE REBUILD FLORIDA GENERAL PLANNING SUPPORT PROGRAM

In April 2018, the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced that the State of Florida would receive $633,485,000 in funding to support long-term mitigation efforts following Hurricanes Hermine, Matthew, and Irma) through HUD’s newly created Community Development Block Grant-Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) Program. This funding is intended to address mitigation needs to ensure the State of Florida is more resilient to future natural disasters.  The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) is the lead agency and responsible entity for administering the CDBG-MIT funds allocated to the State, and they launched the Rebuild Florida General Planning Support Program (GPSP) to provide funding opportunities to units of general local government, educational institutions, state agencies, and non-profits for the purpose of developing and updating of state, regional, and local plans. No local match is required to apply for this 100% grant funding.

The City of Winter Haven has been designated as eligible to apply for this funding.  In accordance with guidance supplied by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and HUD relevant to the impacts of COVID-19, the public input requirements for this program include the option to post information about proposed funding projects on a public website with the provision of a 14-day public comment period.  A copy of this post and any public comments received will be provided to the DEO as part of the funding application submitted.

The City is proposing the following project for grant funding by this program:

East Winter Haven/Peace Creek Flood Mitigation Plan — This project will encompass the evaluation of existing conditions and development of a plan and recommendations for implementing the construction of a series of natural water storage facilities (“Green Infrastructure”) throughout the Peace Creek watershed with a connecting trail and multi-modal transportation network and designated areas for development that will create a more resilient water supply, prevent flooding, improve water quality, protect lakes, provide recreation and scenic beauty, and facilitate sustainable and resilient waterfront development.

The estimated amount of requested funding for this planning project is $500,000.

If you have any comments or questions about this project, please contact us via email at the address below by 21 July 2020.

Beth L. Evans, AICP

bevans@mywinterhaven.com