Notice of Funding Availability – 2022 CDBG Funding

The City of Orem, Provo City, and Utah County Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Programs estimate having approximately $788,856 to fund public service (public service and capital) regional projects for the 2022 Program Year.  Additional funding will be available for city/county only projects (public service and capital). 

Pre-applications will be available on October 22, 2021 and final applications will be available no later than December 10, 2021. The pre-applications and final applications will be available via  Neighborly.com. 

Mandatory pre-applications are due on or before 5:00 p.m. (MST) Friday, December 3, 2021. Final applications will be due on or before 5:00 p.m. (MST) Friday, February 18, 2022.

Application workshops—ALL interested applicants must attend a “How to Apply” workshop. Staff will review application guidelines and the PY-2022 application process.

Public Service Applicants will need to attend one of the following online joint workshops:

  • October 20, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. on Zoom  
  • October 21, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. on Zoom

Contact Kena Mathews at (801) 229-7023 or kjmathews@orem.org to RSVP and for Zoom link. 

Eligible projects – Public services and capital projects for public service agencies that are HUD eligible and meet one of the HUD National Objectives. 

Eligible applicants may be nonprofit agencies; housing authorities; or for-profit entities. Proposed projects must comply with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development funding criteria and priorities established in the Utah Valley Consortium Consolidated Plan 2020. 

It is anticipated funding recommendations will be made by a Joint CDBG Commission and/or Entitlement Specific Commission (Provo, Orem, or Utah County) in March 2022 with funding allocations approved by County Commission or City Councils in April or May 2022. 

Funding awards and contract negotiations will occur between June and August 2022.

Approximate funding availability (based on PY-2021 funding):

  • $358.506 Public Services
  • $430,350 Capital improvement/Nonprofit facilities

Projects and services must be delivered within the City of Orem, Provo City, or in Utah County (outside of the City of Lehi).

Contact:

If you require technical assistance or have other questions about the application process please contact:

Jess Bedingfield, Community & Economic Development Program Coordinator

Mountainland Association of Governments

586 East 800 North

Orem, Utah 84097

(801) 229-3691

jbedingfield@mountainland.org

Kena Jo Mathews, Community Services Manager

City of Orem

56 North State Street

Orem, Utah 84057

(801) 229-7023

kjmathews@orem.org

Dan Gonzalez, CDBG & HOME Administrador 

Provo City

351 West Center Street

Provo, Utah 84601

(801) 852-6168

DGonzalez@provo.utah.gov

October 26, 2021 – CDBG

Community Development Block Grant-COVID (CDBG-CV)
30 Day Public Comment Period & Public Hearing Notice
Substantial Amendment No. 13 to the CDBG-PY 2019-2020 Annual Action Plan

In response to the Coronavirus Pandemic (COVID-19), the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant has notified the City of Orem that it will receive an allocation of $699,923.00 to be used to prevent, prepare for, and respond to COVID-19. This allocation was authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), Public Law 116-136, which was signed by President Trump on March 27, 2020, to respond to the growing effects of this historic public health crisis.

The City of Orem hereby requests public comment from residents within the community on the proposed allocation of the CDBG-CV funds. The City of Orem intends to dedicate $5,500 of the previously allocated $39,681.68 in CDBG-CV public services funding to Parkside Elementary School, located in a CDBG eligible neighborhood, to help purchase five picnic tables to help prevent and mitigate COVID-19. The City of Orem also plans to re-allocate $100,000.00 in CDBG-CV funding previously allocated to the Topham’s Care Center for a capital HVAC installation project to public services.

The Public Comment Period will begin on Saturday, September 25, 2021, and will conclude on Monday, October 25, 2021, at 5:30 pm. The CDBG-CV proposals are available for public inspection at https://orem.org/cdbg/.  Public Comments can be emailed to Kena Jo Mathews, Community Services Manager, at kjmathews@orem.org or can be mailed to:

City of Orem

56 North State Street, Room 101

Orem, UT 84057

If you would like to make a public comment by phone, please call (801) 229-7023. All public comments will be taken into consideration prior to sending the Substantial Amendment No. 12 to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

A public hearing will be held in the Council Chambers at 56 North State Street, Orem, Utah on October 26, 2021 at 6:00 p.m. to obtain additional comments on the use of these funds and funding recommendations.

Meetings are open to the public and held in buildings and rooms that are accessible.  If you need a special accommodation to participate, please contact the City Recorder’s Office at least 3 working days prior to the meeting by phone at (801) 229-7298 or by email at jbates@orem.org.

La ciudad de Orem invita a todos los residentes a participar en la revisión examen y proceso de asignación de fondos CDBG.  Favor de dirigir preguntas y comentarios a:

            Ciudad de Orem

            56 North State Street, Room 101, Orem, UT 84057

            (801) 229-7023 teléfono o al (801) 229-7301 fax o al kjmathews@orem.org

Para ayuda con la traducción de este informe u otras preguntas con respecto a la financiación federal de Orem, póngase en contacto con Kathy Phipps, (801) 229-7011. 

PUBLIC COMMENT – CDBG

The City of Orem, Utah annually receives Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding from the Department of Housing and Urban Development.  The City received $700,228.00 in new entitlement funds for the fiscal year that began July 1, 2020 and ended June 30, 2021.  Additional funding was also received through program income in the amount of $43,393.02.

The City Manager’s Office produced a performance report, as required by HUD.  This Comprehensive Annual Performance Report (CAPER) is available for review and comment from September 16, 2021 through September 30, 2021 in the City Recorder’s Office, Room 101 of the Orem City Center, 56 North State Street, Orem, Utah or online at orem.org/cdbg. Comments must be received in writing, either in person or by email to kjmathews@orem.org.  Comments will be accepted until 5 p.m. on September 30, 2021.  For more information, please call Kena Mathews at (801) 229-7023 or TDD (801) 229-7035.

ORDINANCE – Moratorium

AN ORDINANCE BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF OREM ENACTING A TEMPORARY LAND USE REGULATION PURSUANT TO UTAH CODE SECTION 10-9A-504 PROHIBITING THE  ERECTION, CONSTRUCTION, RECONSTRUCTION, OR ALTERATION OF ANY BUILDING OR STRUCTURE OR ANY SUBDIVISION APPROVAL IN THE CITY  CENTER  DISTRICT ZONES, THE HUB DISTRICT ZONES, THE CANYON CROSSING DISTRICT ZONES, THE ARTS DISTRICT ZONES AND THE NORTH VILLAGE DISTRICT ZONES FOR A PERIOD OF SIX MONTHS

WHEREAS the City Council originally enacted the State Street District zones (including the City Center District zones, the Hub District zones, the Canyon Crossing  District  zones,  the  Arts  District zones and the North Village District zones) on June 19, 2018; and

WHEREAS the submission of a recent application for development in the North Village District (NVD) zone and a recent application for development in the Arts District zone, both of which proposed developments consist of commercial uses on the main floor and several levels of high density residential development on the floors above (the NVD zone development having a height of 70 feet and five levels of residential units above the main floor (47 total residential units in first phase) and the Arts District development having a total height of 80 feet with six levels of high density residential development above the main floor (335 total residential units)), have alerted the City Council to previously unanticipated, serious negative impacts that will result from such developments as well as negative impacts that would result from potential future developments that are permitted under the current standards of the State Street District (“SSD”) zones; and

WHEREAS the City Council is particularly concerned that the SSD zones do not have a maximum building height limit (with the exception of the NVD zone in which the City Council established maximum building heights on July 27, 2021) and that the SSD zones have a relatively low parking requirement (as compared to other zones in the City) which allows for the overconcentration of high density residential development in the SSD zones and inadequate parking to serve such developments; and

WHEREAS the City Council is also concerned that the additional traffic resulting from the overconcentration of residential development in the SSD zones will cause significantly greater traffic congestion on State Street as well as on neighborhood streets that currently primarily serve residential neighbors and significantly decrease safety for vehicles, pedestrians and other users of all of said streets; and

WHEREAS the City Council finds that when the SSD zones were enacted by the City Council, the State Street Master Plan contemplated that a bus rapid transit (BRT) system would be implemented on State Street that would reduce vehicular traffic trips on State Street and would allow State Street to accommodate the increased traffic that would be generated by high density residential development in the SSD zones; and

WHEREAS a BRT system has not yet been built on State Street and a BRT system is not going to be built on State Street for many years which means that State Street does not currently have the capacity to handle the substantial additional traffic that would be generated by the high density residential development that is being proposed in the two recent development applications and the additional development applications that may be made in the future under the current standards of the SSD zones; and

WHEREAS the City does not currently have adequate or proper infrastructure on State Street to handle the substantial additional traffic that would be generated by the two recent development applications or for other development applications for high density residential developments that are allowed under the current standards of the SSD zones; and

WHEREAS the two recent development applications in the NVD and Arts District zones have generated substantial opposition from residents both who live in the vicinity of the NVD zone and the Arts District zone and from residents in the City at large who believe that the unlimited building height allowed in the SSD zones, the relatively low level of parking required (as compared to other zones), and the high concentration of high density residential development allowed will have serious negative impacts on surrounding areas including traffic and safety impacts and other concerns; and

WHEREAS a substantial number of neighbors in the vicinity of the NVD and Arts District zones have expressed vehement opposition to the proposed two developments in the NVD and Arts District zones (as well as to future development under the current standards of the SSD zones) based on their fears and concerns that the proposed and potential addition of hundreds of additional residential units within a small area will (1) substantially increase traffic on their neighborhood streets which will create greater safety hazards to both local resident traffic and pedestrians, (2) substantially change and diminish the character and quality of their residential neighborhoods due to the increased traffic and the incompatibility of unlimited building heights and overconcentration of residential high density development in proximity to their homes and (3) diminish their overall quality of life in their current homes; and

WHEREAS when the State Street District zones were enacted, the City Council was unaware of the high level of opposition that residents in the vicinity of the State Street District zones as well as other residents of the City would have to the type of development currently allowed in the State Street District zones;and

WHEREAS the City Council believes that some level of residential development is still appropriate in the SSD zones, but that the high concentration/density of residential development currently allowed by the absence ·of any building height limit and the relatively low parking requirement in four of the SSD zones currently allows a level of residential density in the SSD zones that will lead to the substantial negative impacts referred to above; and

WHEREAS the City Council desires to take the time needed to study and reevaluate what the appropriate development standards should be in the SSD zones particularly with respect to height limits, parking requirements, and allowable residential density in order to prevent development that will have an unacceptably high negative impact on traffic and safety and to prevent development that would be incompatible with existing, residential neighborhoods in the vicinity of the SSD zones; and

WHEREAS the City Council finds that there are compelling, countervailing public interests justifying the imposition of a temporary land use regulation prohibiting the erection, construction, reconstruction, or alteration of any building or structure or an subdivision approval in the City Center District zones, the Hub District zones, the Canyon Crossing District zones, the Arts District zones and the North Village District zones in order to allow the City Council time to study and reevaluate the appropriate development standards for the SSD zones including the following:

  1. The substantial negative impact that the overconcentration of high density residential development currently allowed in the SSD zones will have on traffic congestion on State Street and neighborhood streets such as 400 East which don’t have the capacity to handle this additional level of traffic. Such developments will cause significantly greater traffic congestion on State Street as well as on neighborhood streets that currently primarily serve residential neighbors and will significantly decrease safety for vehicles, pedestrians and other users of all of said streets. The City does not currently have adequate or proper infrastructure on State Street (including a BRT system which is still at least several years away) to handle the substantial additional traffic that would be generated by the two recent development applications or for other development applications for high density residential developments that are allowed under the current standards of the SSD zones.
  2. The previously unknown, unanticipated and substantial resident opposition to development under the current standards of the SSD zones based on residents’ concerns regarding the negative impact
  3. that such development (allowing unlimited building heights, relatively lower parking standards and high residential density) will have on traffic, safety and their quality of life.

3. The emotional stress to neighbors from the increase in traffic congestion on State Street and neighborhood streets in the vicinity of the NVD and Arts District zones as a result of the two proposed developments in those zones and to neighbors in the vicinity of the other SSD zones as a result of potential future developments in the other SSD zones.

WHEREAS the matter having been submitted and the City Council having fully considered the matter in a public meeting on August 9, 2021, as it relates to the health, safety and general welfare of the City; the orderly development of land in the City; the effect upon surrounding neighborhoods; and the special conditions applicable to the request.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT ORDAINED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF OREM,

UTAH, as follows:

  1. Based on the finding of a compelling, countervailing public interest as set forth in the recitals above, which recitals are incorporated herein by reference as if fully set forth herein, the Orem City Council hereby enacts a temporary land use regulation pursuant to Utah Code Section 10-9a-504 prohibiting the erection, construction, reconstruction, or alteration of any building or structure or any subdivision approval in the City Center District zones, the Hub District zones, the Canyon Crossing District zones, the Arts District zones and the North Village District zones. This temporary land use regulation shall be in effect for a period of six months from the effective date hereof.
  2. If any part of this ordinance shall be declared invalid, such decision shall not affect the validity of the remainder of this ordinance.
  3. This ordinance shall take effect immediately upon passage and posting in three public places within the City.

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