Notice to Announce Start of Public Comment Period: Dakota County Consortium’s 2019 Annual Action Plan

This notice is to announce the beginning of a minimum thirty-day (30) public comment and review period of Dakota County Community Development Agency’s (CDA) draft of the Dakota County Consortium’s 2019 Annual Action Plan. The purpose of the public comment period is to receive comments from the general public concerning the proposed housing and community development needs and objectives of Dakota County, and the projected use of Fiscal Year 2019 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) funds, Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) funds, and Program Income derived from CDBG and HOME. At the time of publication, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) had not released the Fiscal Year 2019 allocations for the three programs. The proposed budgets for the uses listed in this notice are an estimate based on the allocation received by Dakota County in Fiscal Year 2018. The 2019 Action Plan will be adjusted when HUD releases the final grant amount for Fiscal Year 2019. A public hearing for the Fiscal Year 2019 Action Plan is proposed to be scheduled for April 23, 2019.

Following is a summary of the proposed uses for the 2019 CDBG Program (estimate $1,941,521) and Program Income.

  • Dakota County: $234,133 for Countywide home improvement loans; $35,000 for well sealing grants; $17,500 for fair housing implementation; and $191,500 for general grant administration.
  • Program Income: Approximately $400,000 in revolving loan funds for home improvement loans.
  • Small Cities & Townships – $10,000 to Castle Rock Township for a buildable site inventory; $10,000 to the City of Miesville for zoning ordinance updates; $10,000 to Nininger Township for zoning ordinance updates; and $23,000 to Ravenna Township for the Evergreen Terrace waterway study ($13,000) and zoning ordinance updates ($10,000).
  • Apple Valley – $152,624 for home improvement loans; and $18,000 for senior public services.
  • Burnsville – $142,477 for home improvement loans and remodel grants; $105,000 for senior and youth public services; $9,500 for support services; and $12,000 for general administration.
  • Eagan – $177,579 for home improvement loans; and $35,000 for senior and youth public services.
  • Farmington – $21,718 for home improvement loans; $5,000 for senior services; and $13,961 for commercial rehabilitation.
  • Hastings – $37,100 for home improvement loans; and $37,100 for assessment abatement.
  • Inver Grove Heights – $143,118 for home improvement loans.
  • Lakeville – $92,123 for home improvement loans; $25,000 for senior transportation; $10,863 for senior services; and $7,500 for an economic development plan.
  • Mendota Heights – $22,161 for home improvement loans.
  • Northfield – $63,352 for owner-occupied manufactured home rehabilitation.
  • Rosemount – $11,475 for home improvement loans; and $51,000 for ADA compliance improvements in public parks.
  • South St Paul – $101,301 for home improvement loans.
  • West St Paul – $115,436 for home improvement loans.

The CDBG funding will be allocated proportionally for most subrecipients depending on any increase or decrease in program funding. However, the cities of Apple Valley, Eagan, Farmington, Rosemount will adjust the amounts dedicated of the Home Improvement Loan activities by the amount needed to meet the final funding allocation.

The following is a summary of the proposed uses for the 2019 ESG (estimate $160,273):

  • $26,000 to assist emergency shelter operations.
  • $122,253 for rapid re-housing assistance payments and stabilization services.
  • $12,020 for general administration of the ESG program

Any increase or decrease in the ESG allocation will be applied to the Rapid Re-housing component.

The following is a summary of the proposed uses for the 2019 HOME Entitlement (estimated $2,512,927) and Program Income ($332,639). The percentage shares are subject to change.

  • Dakota County (35.6% Share), $935,060 and $101,537 in Program Income for the following uses:
    • Affordable Housing Development: $670,952 in entitlement funds and $91,636 in program income for an affordable housing development at a site to be determined. The affordable housing development activity will be adjusted if there is an increase or decrease in HOME funding.
    • Community Development Housing Organization (CHDO): $134,190 in entitlement funds to the Dakota-Scott-Carver Community Action Partnership (CAP) Agency, a certified CHDO.
    • Administration: $129,918 in entitlement funds and $9,901.02 in program income for the administration of HOME funded projects and HOME Consortium related responsibilities.
  • Anoka County (25.4% Share), $622,326 and $4,843 in Program Income. For detailed uses, please contact Karen Skepper at 763-323-5709 or karen.skepper@co.anoka.mn.us
  • Ramsey County (22.3% Share), $546,373 and $204,573 in Program Income. For detailed uses please contact Mary Lou Egan at 651-266-8039 or MaryLou.Egan@co.ramsey.mn.us
  • Washington County (13.3% Share), $325,864 and $19,500 in Program Income. For detailed uses please contact Angie Shuppert at 651-379-9551 or AngieS@washingtoncountycda.org
  • City of Woodbury (3.4% Share), $83,304 and $2,186 in Program Income. For detailed uses please contact Karl Batalden at 651-414-3438 or kbatalden@ci.woodbury.mn.us

Written and/or oral comments may be submitted to the following:

Maggie Dykes, Assistant Director of Community and Economic Development
Dakota County CDA
1228 Town Centre Drive, Eagan, MN 55123
mdykes@dakotacda.state.mn.us
651-675-4464. Fax: 651-287-8020.
MN Relay Service: 1-800-627-3529.

Written comments will be accepted now through April 18, 2019.