Below is a collection of all posts from the committees.

Floodplain Easements and Buy-Out Programs (Deadline 9/5)

posted on August 19th, 2013 in Committees, Hazard Mitigation & Recovery Planning, News

Floodplain easements and buy-out programs are available to interested property owners in flood prone areas. Through the Emergency Watershed Protection program – Floodplain Easement, the USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service will provide up to $124.8 million for the purchase of floodplain easements to restore Sandy-impacted lands to their natural condition.

Supreme Court Affirms that Governor Lacks Authority to Abolish COAH

posted on July 11th, 2013 in Committees, Housing, News

In rejecting the Christie Administration’s argument that the Governor had the power to abolish the Council on Affordable Housing (COAH) under the “Executive Reorganization Act,” the Court not only affirmed an Appellate Court decision that had invalidated the Governor’s reorganization plan but also appeared to invite the Governor and the Legislature to cooperate in the passage and enactment of COAH Reform.

Post-Sandy Planning Assistance Grant Program

posted on June 21st, 2013 in Committees, Hazard Mitigation & Recovery Planning, News

To further help the revitalization of Superstorm Sandy-impacted communities, the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) announced the $5 million allocation of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Disaster Recovery funds for the Post Sandy Planning Assistance Grant Program. This grant program is available for counties and municipalities to hire licensed planners to assist in formulating long-term rebuilding efforts in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. 

Valley Arts District Walking Tour – June 22

posted on June 15th, 2013 in Committees, Ethnic & Cultural Diversity, News

Come explore Orange’s Valley Arts District – a strikingly rich multicultural community nested in the Valley of West Orange and Orange.  The narrated one hour walk will include a tour of former industrial and commercial buildings rehabilitated by HANDS and now occupied by local artists, innovators, entrepreneurs and arts-based non-profit organizations.

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