Next week the public will finally have an opportunity to comment on the state’s Sandy Recovery Action Plan at 3 public hearings!
New Jersey receives federal Sandy funding through a Housing and Urban Development (HUD) program called the Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR). HUD requires the state to submit an Action Plan to qualify for the funding. Since the state’s Action Plan for the first round of funding was submitted, HUD as improved program requirements to include action on climate change, adopting more energy efficient building codes, implementing green infrastructure and other important policies.
New Jersey now needs to incorporate those changes into our Action Plan to continue receiving federal funding. However, earlier this week the Department of Community Affairs (DCA) released the revised Action Plan and it largely IGNORED the new federal requirements, which could jeopardize future grants and put more families and property in harm’s way. The State Action Plan does not comply with federal requirements by:
Sandy relief funding is important for the future of New Jersey and how and where we spend the money is a critical. If we don’t do it right it will impact the state for decades to come, impacting our environment and putting people at risk. That is why we need you to submit comments and attend these upcoming hearings!
SOUTH JERSEY HEARING Tuesday, February 11, 2014 from 4:00pm – 7:00pm
Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, Performing Arts Center (PAC), 101 Vera King Farris Drive, Galloway, NJ 08205
NORTH JERSEY HEARING
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 from 5:30pm – 8:30 pm
New Jersey Institute of Technology, Campus Center 141 Summit Street, Newark, NJ 07103
CENTRAL JERSEY HEARING
Thursday, February 13, 2014 from 4:00pm – 7:00 pm
Brookdale Community College, Robert J. Collins Arena, 765 Newman Springs Road, Middletown, NJ 07738
To sign up to speak, please register online at http://bit.ly/SandyPublicHearings
You can also submit comments directly to the DCA below through March 5th.
Comments on CDBG-DR Action Plan Substantial Amendments #6 and #7 Pursuant to Federal Register Notice FR-5696-N-06
Dear [Decision Maker],
As we rebuild from Hurricane Sandy, we need to do so in a way that makes us more resilient to future storms. The federal government has recognized that and has adopted new standards for the Community Development Block Grant - Disaster Recovery program including action on climate change, regional planning, and energy efficient building codes. I am very concerned that the New Jersey Action Plan has not been revised to comply with the new federal requirements, which could jeopardize future rounds of funding for our state.
Sincerely,[Your Name] [Your Address] [City, State ZIP]