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The U.S. Conference of Mayors is conducting a critical affordability survey of the average annual household costs of providing drinking water, sanitary sewers, combined storm and sanitary sewers and flood control systems in our communities. The U.S. Conference of Mayors will be using this information to inform members of Congress on the real costs to cities of operating and maintaining the nation’s critical utility systems. The U.S. Conference of Mayors is currently working with members of Congress on potential legislation, including guidance on the affordability of federal mandates and providing additional funding to communities.

In order to gather this information, cities are being asked to complete a brief survey of the water costs in your community. This survey can be accessed here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/watercosts.

Alternatively, a hard copy of the survey (attached) can be completed and emailed to sgv@sgvcog.org. A sample completed survey and sample results are attached. To see if your city has already completed the survey visit the SGVCOG website.

On Oct. 2, the California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) released a Notice of Funding Availability for the Infill Infrastructure Grant (IIG) program. IIG  grants provide for the gap funding of infrastructure improvements that are an integral part of or are necessary to facilitate the development of new infill housing for specific residential or mixed use projects. A total of $40 million is available for the Fiscal Year 2014-15 funding round. Grant applications are due to HCD by Dec. 10. More information about the IIG Program, along with Guidelines issued by HCD, can be found at http://www.hcd.ca.gov/fa/iig.  

Keywords : Grants

​This month's issue of SCAG's Spotlight E-Newsletter highlights the adoption of the 2014 Southern California Active Transportation Program, which recommends that the California Transportation Commission fund 54 projects in the region that promote walking and biking. Plus, learn about the Compton Creek Natural Park, the draft Affordable Housing and Sustainable Communities grant guidelines workshop and the fifth annual SCAG Economic Summit.

The Federal Transit Administration will host a webinar on its Pilot Program for Transit-Oriented Development Planning Notice of Funding Availability on Thursday, Oct. 9, from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern time, at https://connectdot.connectsolutions.com/fta-tod-pilot

The webinar will provide an overview of the program, describe eligible applicants and projects, and provide an opportunity for attendees to obtain answers to other questions. Note that audio and video will be provided through the link above; there is no separate call-in number. The webinar will be recorded and posted on the Pilot Program for TOD Planning NOFA webpage afterward for those that are unable to attend.

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