Series 106 2005 ORDINANCES/RESOLUTIONS
Section 106-127; Policy Res. 25-05; Establishing revised Community Development Block Grant funding guidelines; establishing a review process for annual CDBG funding requests
Council Bill No.
establishing revised Community Development Block Grant funding guidelines; and establishing
a review process for annual CDBG funding requests.
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF COLUMBIA, MISSOURI, AS
SECTION 1. Policy Resolution 218-02A adopted on December
2, 2002, which established
Community Development Block Grant funding guidelines, is hereby repealed.
The City Council of the City of Columbia, Missouri, hereby establishes the
following Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding guidelines. Funding priorities
within each category are based upon evaluation criteria developed by the Community
Development Commission that further the Citys goals and objectives stated in the Citys
Consolidated Plan document. Following the procedure outlined in Section 3, the City reserves
the right to adjust the amount of funding in the categories indicated below to best meet the Citys
community development needs, such as where a unique project is submitted that, without the use
of CDBG funding, could not be implemented within the program year.
Public Improvements: The City shall allocate 45 - 55% of available CDBG funds toward
acquiring, constructing, and upgrading public improvements that benefit lower income areas of
the City or eliminate a spot case of slums and blight. Projects shall be publicly owned.
Examples of projects include parks, sanitary sewers, storm drainage, streets, bridges,
street lighting, water lines, toxic waste cleanups, and railroad crossings
Housing: The City shall allocate 20 - 30% of available CDBG funds toward acquiring,
replacing, and improving housing units for lower income City residents or that will eliminate a
spot case of slums and blight. Priority shall be given toward addressing owner-occupied
properties. Examples of projects include rehabilitation of publicly and privately owned
properties, home repairs, land acquisition, home ownership assistance, code enforcement,
demolition of dilapidated buildings, and hazardous material removal.
Community Facilities: The City shall allocate 10 - 20% of available CDBG funds toward
acquiring, constructing, or improving community facilities that benefit lower income residents
or eliminate a spot case of slums and blight. Facilities shall be non-residential, open to the
general public, and may be publicly or privately owned. Examples of facilities include senior
centers, childcare centers, handicapped accessibility, recycling centers, purchase of a van for
transportation, recreational facilities and historic non-residential buildings.
Community Services: The City shall allocate 0 - 5% of available CDBG funds toward
providing community services that benefit lower income residents. Funds may be allocated
public or not-for-profit organizations. Examples of services include home ownership counseling,
fair housing counseling, neighborhood-based planning, health and recreation programs, and
homeless prevention. Services shall not duplicate programs normally funded by the City or
County through the Community Services Advisory Commission.
Economic Development: The City shall allocate 0 - 15% of available CDBG funds for
economic development activities that can provide jobs and training for lower income residents of
the City. Funds may generally be allocated to public and not-for-profit organizations. Funds
may only be allocated directly to for-profit businesses in the case where funds are used to
renovate an existing commercial or industrial building serving a lower income neighborhood.
Examples of activities include: employment training, construction trade training, technical
assistance, assistance to not-for-profit intermediaries for micro-enterprises, renovation of a
commercial or industrial building that creates job opportunities in lower income neighborhoods,
and provision of public infrastructure that would primarily serve a single business providing jobs
to low to moderate income persons.
Planning and Administration: The City shall allocate 10 - 15% of available CDBG funds
toward community development planning and administration in support of the CDBG program.
Funds shall only be allocated to City Planning and Development. Examples of activities include
general program administration, preparation of Consolidated Plan and Annual Action Plan
documents, maintaining data bases to facilitate community planning and neighborhood
improvement activities, conducting public participation processes, and providing assistance to
the Community Development Commission.
SECTION 3. The City Council hereby establishes the following process
for review and
approval of annual project requests for CDBG funding.
Step 1. The Community Development Commission holds an open public hearing to receive
citizen input on community development needs. Following the hearing, a summary of citizen
comments and a copy of the hearing minutes will be forwarded to the Council.
Step 2. The City Council holds a work session to develop a collective sense of the Council of
the citys public improvement, housing, and community facility and service needs and priorities
for the coming year. Potential CDBG funded projects would be identified drawing from those
contained in neighborhood plans and the Citys Capital Improvement Program. The City
Manager sends the results of the Council work session to various city departments which would
then prepare a preliminary list of potential CDBG projects consisting of a brief project
description and tentative cost estimate.
Step 3. The City Council holds a second work session to review the preliminary list of
potential CDBG projects and provides direction regarding those projects which departments are
encouraged to proceed with preparation of full project applications.
Step 4. City departments prepare and submit project applications for possible CDBG funding.
The Community Development Commission holds a public hearing to receive and consider the
applications and then submits its recommendations to the City Manager and City Council.
Step 5. The City Manager submits a recommended budget to the Council for its consideration.
Step 6. The City Council reviews, holds a public hearing, amends as necessary, and adopts the
ADOPTED this 7th day of March, 2005.