Fayette eligible for housing rehab funds 3.31.10

Written by David Green.

Fayette is in line for housing rehabilitation funds through the Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP).

Fulton County Regional Planning Commission director Steve Brown told Fayette council members March 16 that $100,000 is set aside for housing help in Fayette. Projects typically cost $20,000 to $30,000 Brown said, so at least three home-owners should benefit from the program. 

The Maumee Valley Planning Organization administers the funds and selected Fayette as a target area.

The program is not for remodeling projects, but instead is designed to bring homes into conformance with local and state codes while addressing health and safety issues. Family income determines eligibility in the program.

Other programs are available, Brown said, ranging from furnace upgrades to rent assistance to help with home ownership.

“The key,” Brown said, “is to get the information out.”

Fayette village administrator Amy Metz has scheduled a second assistance information night March 30 (see related story.)

USE PLAN—Brown said Fayette’s comprehensive use plan was written in 1977 and is in need of an update. 

The plan guides development by listing preferred areas for residences, commercial space and industrial land.

Brown said a college intern will work in his office for four months this summer for free and he could help Fayette update its plan.

With an updated plan in place, Brown said, the village would be able to apply for certain grants. In addition, developers often want to look at use plan maps.

FLOOD—Revised flood plain maps resulted in the removal of 250 properties from 100-year flood zones, Brown said, but a few were added to the zone. Metz said she sent letters to three property owners within the village who are now part of the flood zone.

Brown said property owners have until June 8 to contest inclusion of their property with FEMA. The maps will be certified in September.

LOAN FUND—The county revolving loan fund for commercial development has $400,000 to give out, Brown said, although $100,000 is reserved for a project.

Brown said the loan fund board met once or twice in the last year and approved only one loan.

Fayette needs a new representative on the board. In the past, the village administrator has filled the role. Council’s finance committee will discuss the issue.

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