The California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) released its Infill Infrastructure Grant (IIG) Program Draft Guidelines and is seeking comments to help shape it's guidelines. Public comment period ends Tuesday, August 27 at 5:00 p.m.
The Infill Infrastructure Grant Program (IIG or Program) was originally funded by Proposition 1C, the Housing and Emergency Shelter Trust Fund Act of 2006. IIG is one of the California Department of Housing and Community Development’s (Department) most successful programs and has provided almost $800 million for critical infrastructure supporting the development of over 17,000 multifamily homes.
These Draft Guidelines incorporate changes pending the Governor’s signature of AB 101 of 2019. This bill creates the Infill Infrastructure Grant Program of 2019 and allocates $500 million to the Program fund.
The Round 6 Draft Guidelines include Program modifications required by this pending legislation, as well as the Administration’s goals to encourage better linkages between housing and transportation, regional planning, and fostering local governmental accountability. Additional updates are proposed to promote consistency across Department funding sources and reduce applicant burden wherever possible. Generally, new or modified requirements in these Draft Guidelines encourage a higher level of readiness and promote “prohousing” local policies that facilitate the planning, approval, or construction of housing.
The proposed Draft Guidelines establish a noncompetitive over-the-counter process for applications from Small Jurisdictions that meet eligibility criteria to receive $90 million in IIG funding. Small Jurisdictions are defined by the Program as a county with a population of less than 250,000, or any city within that county. The Draft Guidelines also maintain a competitive application process for remaining California counties, which are eligible to apply for $410 million in grants over two funding cycles. Following the public comment period, the Department will release Program Guidelines and a Notice of Funding Availability in the fall of 2019.