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Job Advertisement
May 14, 2019
 

                                                        PLANNER--REGIONAL

 

Starting Salary: $51,247

 

Regional Planning Agency/Council of Governments is looking to hire an individual for the Planner I position. Minimum requirements are: Bachelor's Degree in Urban/Regional Planning, Public Administration or related field. Job duties may include: zoning, community land use, community development, hazard mitigation planning, economic development, grant writing/administration, transportation planning, and other general assistance to 9 counties and 78 cities. Experience with GIS is preferable. Written and oral communication skills are a must. Submit resume and cover letter by May 31, 2019 to: Executive Director; NWIPDC; Box 1493; Spencer, Iowa; 51301.

                                                 An Equal Opportunity Employer.




FEMA Notice of Funds Avaliability
March 26, 2019
 

Dear Colleagues                                                                                                                                

 

The State of Iowa will receive FEMA disaster funding under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) as part of Presidential disaster declaration DR-4421-IA (March 23, 2018) as a result of severe storms and flooding that occurred in our State this spring.

 

Project Types

 

The State is accepting Notice of Interests (NOIs) for those eligible hazard mitigation project types that will reduce or eliminate losses from future natural disasters, including but not limited to:

 

  • Priority #1 (category A) Property Acquisition/Elevation, electric utility hardening, detention basins, warning sirens. (See attached addendum for additional project types)
  • Priority #2 (category B) Elevate/protect wastewater lift stations, backup generators. (See attached addendum for additional project types)
  • Priority #3 (category C) Tornado Safe Rooms, small flood barriers. (See attached addendum for additional project types)

 

Eligible Applicant

 

Potentially eligible applicants include:

  • State agencies and local governments
  • Federally recognized Indian tribal governments, including State-recognized Indian tribes, and authorized tribal organizations
  • Private nonprofit (PNP) organizations or institutions that operate a PNP facility as defined in the 44 Code of Federal Regulations, Section 206.221(e).

 

The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000) requires a FEMA approved local hazard mitigation plan prior to FEMA awarding HMGP project funds. Funding will be limited to sub-applicants with an approved local hazard mitigation plan at time of award.

 

Applicants with proposed projects located in a FEMA-identified Special Flood Hazard Area (SFHA) are eligible for funding only if the jurisdiction in which the project is located is participating in the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP). There is no NFIP participation requirement for projects located outside of the SFHA.

 

Cost Share: 

 

This is a cost share grant program which means that awarded grants will be funded as follows:

 

  • Federal (FEMA) share of total eligible costs  – 75% maximum
  • Non Federal share of total eligible costs – 25%
    • State of Iowa – 10% (typical )
    • Local – 15%                                      

 

Iowa Code 455B.262A [effective 6-30-2011]; State participation in funding financial assistance (10% State cost share) for a flood related disaster requires participation in the NFIP for a city or county with an effective FEMA published flood insurance map that identifies a SFHA. To determine NFIP participation please visit: http://www.fema.gov/cis/IA.html.

 

Notice of Interest (NOI) & Application Process

 

Applicants must complete the appropriate (project specific) NOI form located in the EMGrantsPro grants management system. The NOI forms can be found using the following link: http://www.iowahomelandsecurity.org/grants/HMA.html.

 

The State hazard mitigation staff will review NOIs using basic eligibility criteria for HMGP projects outlined in 44 CFR 206.434 (c), project type and level of interest in relation to acceptance of a greater local cost share. Invitations to complete a full HMGP project application will be sent to qualifying sub-applicants for both new NOI’s and previously submitted NOI’s where limited funding was available. Invitation letters will identify a State Mitigation Project Officer who will work directly with the applicant. This Project Officer will contact the applicant to discuss the proposed project, the application requirements, and be available to provide technical assistance during the application development process if needed.

 

For additional information or questions, feel free to contact a lead State Mitigation Project Officer:

 

Dan Schmitz – Deputy State Hazard Mitigation Officer:                      515-725-9369 

dan.schmitz@iowa.gov

Matt Noble - Planning:                                                                          515-725-9404

mathew.noble@iowa.gov

Jonathan Pogones - Acquisition/Relocation:                                         515-725-9384

jonathan.pogones@iowa.gov

Terry Brown – Acquisitions/Relocation                                                515-725-9371

te.brown@iowa.gov

Leon Freeman–Electric Utilities/Safe Room:                                       515-725-9378

leon.freeman@iowa.gov

Carol Tomb – Infrastructure                                                                  515-725-9305

carol.tomb@iowa.gov

 

We ask that the County Emergency Management Coordinators, Councils of Government, and Planning Commissions forward this information to the communities in their service area to achieve the widest distribution possible.




Iowa State Extension Planning & Zoning for Local Officials
March 22, 2019
 

Registration Open for Intro to Planning and Zoning Workshops

As land use issues and the techniques used to address them become more complex, it is critical that local officials and community leaders understand the local planning and zoning process.

Introduction to Planning and Zoning for Local Officials is a three-hour workshop designed to introduce the basic principles of land use planning and development management to elected officials, planning and zoning officials, and board of adjustment members without formal training in the subjects. Using case scenarios in a highly-interactive format, the workshop highlights issues frequently faced in the land use process. 

Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Community and Economic Development offers the workshop annually in eight locations across the state. Locations change from year-to-year so that city and county officials are able to attend a location near them at least once every two years. The 2019 dates and locations are:

April 16: Fort Dodge

April 18: Waterloo

April 23: Johnston

April 25: Council Bluffs

May 2: Dubuque

May 9: Fairfield

May 14: Davenport

All workshops begin with registration and a light supper at 5:30 p.m. The program begins at 6:00 p.m. and concludes by 8:45 p.m. Registration is $65 per individual, or $55 per person if a city or county registers five or more officials to attend. The fee covers the workshop instruction, workshop materials, and supper.

Registrations are taken online. To register click here. Then click on the “Intro to Planning and Zoning” tab at the top of the page. Those with questions regarding the workshops can contact Eric Christianson at 515-231-6513 or ejchr@iastate.edu.




NWIPDC Planning Survey
February 7, 2019
 

NWIPDC PLANNING SURVEY:  https://kwiksurveys.com/s/PbpctQxc

Above is a website link to an online Planning Survey from the NW Iowa Planning & Development Commission. Please take a few minutes to complete and submit the survey. If you should have any additional questions about the survey or about any planning, housing, economic or community development services provided by your regional planning agency in NW Iowa, please don’t hesitate to contact the Planning staff at NWIPDC for additional information. We would certainly appreciate the time to talk to you about NWIPDC; and will also be glad to come visit with your City Council or Board of Supervisors as well.

Thank you for your time and participation!




IEDA Community Catalyst Grant
September 12, 2018
 

Through the Community Catalyst Building Remediation Program, the Iowa Economic Development Authority (IEDA) will provide grants to communities for the redevelopment, rehabilitation or deconstruction of buildings to stimulate economic growth or reinvestment in the community. Strong applications will show the potential of catalytic economic growth in the community; improve appearances and safety; make use of underutilized property, exhibit appropriate design standards; and be well-funded. Economic growth may include the creation of additional jobs, growth of new or existing businesses, development of new housing units, increase property values or potential population growth. A mandatory pre-application process will precede the official grant application. A city, the eligible applicant, must apply and provide financial and/or in-kind resources. A portion of funds will be awarded to cities with populations under 1,500. Funds will be available for the rehabilitation of one commercial building per community or two adjacent buildings with the same ownership, as well as a limited number of planning grants.

Five regional application workshops will include deadlines for pre-applications and the formal application process. Register today to attend one of the following workshops:


October 2, 2018

Storm Lake 4-6:00 p.m.
City Hall Council Chambers (2nd Floor) — 620 Erie St.

Pre-registration is requested by selecting the location and time that work best for your schedule. Register today.  www.surveymonkey.com/r/CommunityCatalyst

Questions may be directed to Jim Thompson, 515.348.6183 or email jim.thompson@iowaeda.com

See link below on the Iowa Economic Development Authority Website for more information on The Community Catalyst Building Remediation Program.
https://www.iowaeconomicdevelopment.com/Catalyst




NOTICE: Iowa Homeland Security FEMA Disaster Funding through the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP)
August 29, 2018
 

The State of Iowa will receive FEMA disaster funding under the Hazard Mitigation Grant Program (HMGP) as part of Presidential disaster declaration DR-4386-IA (June 6-July 2, 2018) as a result of severe storms, straight-line winds and flooding that occurred in our State this summer. The State is making available HMGP funds for those eligible hazard mitigation project types that will reduce or eliminate losses from future natural disasters, including but not limited to: 

  • Construction of tornado safe rooms (Multi-functional community or school safe room projects are highly encouraged)
  • Acquisition, structural relocation or elevation of buildings located in a special flood hazard area
  • Structural and non-structural retrofitting of existing public buildings, facilities, or utilities to protect against wind, ice, or flood hazards
  • Minor structural hazard control or protection projects such as storm water management (e.g., culverts, floodgates, retention basins)
  • Localized flood control projects, such as floodwall systems designed specifically to protect critical facilities
  • Development of multi-jurisdictional hazard mitigation plans and plan updates 

 

Estimated Statewide Funding Amount: $3,253,427

This is a cost share grant program which means that awarded grants will be funded as follows:

  • Federal (FEMA) share of total eligible costs  – 75% maximum
  • Non Federal State share of total eligible costs – 10% (typical)
  • Non Federal LOCAL share of total eligible costs – 15% (typical, but could be up to 25% if no State share)

 

Eligible applicants include 1) State and local governments; 2) Federally recognized Indian tribal governments, including State-recognized Indian tribes, and authorized tribal organizations; or 3) Private nonprofit organizations or institutions defined in Section 206.221(e) of the 44 Code of Federal Regulations.

 

The Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000) requires a FEMA approved local hazard mitigation plan prior to FEMA awarding HMGP project funds. Funding will be limited to sub-applicants with an approved local hazard mitigation plan at time of award. Applicants must complete the appropriate (project specific) NOI form located in the EMGrantsPro grants management system. The NOI forms can be found using the following link: http://www.iowahomelandsecurity.org/grants/HMA.htmlNOI’s will be accepted on a continuous basis or until otherwise notified.

 

For additional information or questions, feel free to contact:

 

Dan Schmitz – Deputy State Hazard Mitigation Officer:                     515-725-9369 

dan.schmitz@iowa.gov

Matt Noble - Planning:                                                                          515-725-9404

mathew.noble@iowa.gov

Jonathan Pogones - Acquisition/Relocation:                                        515-725-9384

jonathan.pogones@iowa.gov

Terry Brown – Acquisitions/Relocation                                               515-725-9371

te.brown@iowa.gov

Leon Freeman–Electric Utilities/Safe Room:                                       515-725-9378

leon.freeman@iowa.gov

Carol Tomb – Infrastructure                                                                  515-725-9305

carol.tomb@iowa.gov

 




New Service Offered from NWIPDC
September 10, 2012
 

The NW Planning and Development Commission are offering a new service of zoning administration to the participating entities in the region. Please refer to Zoning Administration Services under the Services and Programs section for more information.

 

If you have any questions, please call Steve Hallgren, Planning Director or any of the NWIPDC Planning staff at 712-262-7225 for assistance.