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Modernizing HUD’s Consolidated Planning Process to Narrow the Digital Divide and Increase Resilience to Natural Hazards

HUD is publishing a proposed rule in the Federal Register entitled “Modernizing HUD’s Consolidated Planning Process to Narrow the Digital Divide and Increase Resilience to Natural Hazards.” The proposed rule would amend HUD’s Consolidated Plan regulations to require that jurisdictions consider two additional concepts in their planning efforts: resilience and broadband access. The proposed rule is currently available for pre-publication public inspection at https://federalregister.gov/a/2016-11350.  Incorporation of resilience into the Consolidated Plan would respond to many internal and external drivers, including:  The Department’s 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Plan, The Secretary’s goal to “create a climate of opportunity”, Executive Order 13653, and Recommendations from the President’s State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Change Preparedness and Resilience.   HUD is accepting public comment on the Proposed Rule through July 18, 2016.  Comments may be submitted via … Read entire article »

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Massachusetts Senate Passes Comprehensive Zoning Reform

First Major Update to Zoning Laws Since the 1970s

BOSTON-June 9, 2016 the Massachusetts Senate passed legislation to address the housing needs of the Commonwealth by updating the state’s zoning laws. The bill, An Act Promoting Housing and Sustainable Development, changes local and state zoning laws to increase housing stock and build communities that will reduce sprawl and eliminate restrictive zoning laws. Senate_Press_Release_S 2311_06 09 2016 Senate, June 9, 2016 – Text of the Senate Bill promoting housing and sustainable development (Senate, No. 2327) (being the text of Senate, No. 2311, printed as amended). Senate Bill 2327_Final_06 09 2016 … Read entire article »

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“Modernizing HUD’s Consolidated Planning Process to Narrow the Digital Divide and Increase Resilience to Natural Hazards.”

Important New Information for Planners to be Aware of – HUD is publishing a proposed rule in the Federal Register entitled “Modernizing HUD’s Consolidated Planning Process to Narrow the Digital Divide and Increase Resilience to Natural Hazards.” The proposed rule would amend HUD’s Consolidated Plan regulations to require that jurisdictions consider two additional concepts in their planning efforts: resilience and broadband access. The proposed rule is currently available for pre-publication public inspection at https://federalregister.gov/a/2016-11350. Incorporation of resilience into the Consolidated Plan would respond to many internal and external drivers, including: The Department’s 2014 Climate Change Adaptation Plan<http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/documents/huddoc?id=HUD2014CCAdaptPlan.pdf>, The Secretary’s goal<http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/press/speeches_remarks_statements/2015/Remarks_111815> to “create a climate of opportunity”, Executive Order 13653<https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/11/01/executive-order-preparing-united-states-impacts-climate-change>, and Recommendations<https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/docs/task_force_report_0.pdf> from the President’s State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Change Preparedness and Resilience. HUD is accepting public comment on the Proposed Rule through … Read entire article »

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Senate votes to preserve funding for Partnership for Sustainable Communities programs

Posted on September 20, 2011 by Smart Growth America Washington, DC – The Senate Subcommittee on Transportation, Housing and Urban Development voted today to preserve funding for two key components of the federal Partnership for Sustainable Communities in the FY2012 appropriations bill. Smart Growth America President and CEO Geoff Anderson released the following statement: “The Partnership for Sustainable Communities is helping dozens of communities across the country grow in ways that support their local economies and are fiscally responsible. We applaud the Senate for protecting these innovative, effective programs. “The Partnership’s programs are helping small towns rebuild their main street, and they’re helping mid-sized cities improve their business districts. These projects are rebuilding roads, renovating abandoned properties, creating pedestrian friendly downtowns and dozens of other worthwhile projects that will help American communities … Read entire article »

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