National Disaster Resilience Competition
Community Resilience Center/s Project 2019On or about April 8, 2019 Tuolumne County will submit a request to the California Department of Housing & Community Development (HCD) for the release of Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) funding under Title 1 of the Housing & Community Development Act of 1974, as amended, to undertake projects known as The Groveland and The Tuolumne Community Resilience Centers, for the purpose of constructing and operating community resilience centers. Thus, the following environmental review documents are available for public review:
Initial Study/Proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration for The Tuolumne Community & Appendix and The Groveland Community & Appendix;
Environmental Assessment/Finding of NO Significant Impact for The Tuolumne Community & Appendix and for The Groveland Community & Appendix.
Summer of 2014 President Obama announced the National Disaster Resilience Competition (NDRC). The federal government allocated $1 billion towards this competition and invited communities that have experienced a natural disaster in the last three years to compete for funds to help them rebuild and increase their resilience to future disasters. It is the hope that this competition will support innovative resiliency projects at the local level while encouraging communities to adopt policy changes and activities that plan for the impact of extreme weather and climate change and rebuild affected areas to be better prepared for the future.
NCRC History and Process
Fall 2014, the Tuolumne County Administrator’s Office was contacted by State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), HUD’s State counter-part, and asked if the county was interested in participating in the National Disaster Resilience Competition due to the Rim Fire event.
In the State of California, there were a total of six counties eligible to apply for these funds. In December 2014, notification was given by HCD and the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research, that Tuolumne County had been selected as the one candidate the State of California was going to endorse to move on to Phase 1 of the National Disaster Resilience Competition.
A Core NDRC Team was put together to work on the NDRC application. During this first phase, the core NDRC Team worked on: gathering information, soliciting input from both stakeholders and the public regarding potential projects, and talking with HUD consultants.
The Core NDRC Team has worked on refining the State's NDRC application. In the Fall 2016 a final "Community and Watershed Resiliency Program" NDRC application was submitted. In July 2016 the State of California was notified that we had received $70,340,770 in NDRC funding for our projects. Since this time, the Core NDRC Team has met on a regular basis to put together and submit required paperwork to HUD. On May 2, 2017 the Core NDRC Team provided a presentation to the Board of Supervisors to officially kick off the NDRC "Community and Watershed Resiliency Program".
The State of California received $70,340,770 after applying for $117,000,000
The Grant application included the following pillars:
• Forest and Watershed Health – Lead: Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Requested: $40,000,000 Received: $28,604,459
• Community Resilience Centers- Lead: Tuolumne County
Requested: $55,000,000 Received $19,755,000
• BioMass Facility and Wood Products - Lead: Sierra Nevada Conservancy
Requested: $22,000,000 Received $22,000,000
The County is lead on the design and construction of a least one Community Resilience Center is the County. The center needs to be in or near the footprint of the Rim Fire area.
Community Resilience Center Background
In May 2017, the County entered in an agreement with the State of California for this project. This agreement officially allowed the County to commence work on this project.
In August 2017, the Board of Supervisors awarded a contract to Lionakis Architects out of Sacramento to work on this project.
Also in August the Board of Supervisors approved the Community Resilience Center(s) organizational structure. The following committees/groups were formed to work on this project:
-Advisory Committee- Provide high level oversight and guidance to the project.
-Community Stakeholder Advisory Committee- It is the responsibility of this group to ensure that services and programs wanted in the community are communicated to the Architect and Advisory Committee.
-Operational Stakeholders Advisory Committee- This committee consists of representatives from various agencies that might partner in providing services and programs at a Community Resiliency Center(s).
-Community At-Large- Three public meetings will be scheduled to solicit input from the community as to what should be included in a Community Resiliency Center(s). Those meetings will be scheduled for October/November 2017 and will take place in Groveland, Tuolumne and Sonora.
-County staff also sent out a Request for Proposals for NDRC Community Development Block Grant Consulting Services. At the September 5th Board Meeting a contract for these services was awarded to Cox Consulting. Cox Consulting will assist County staff in the following: assist in preparing needed documents, collecting required data, preparing claims and submitting reports to the state.
Community Resilience Center Project Progression
Late Summer/Early Fall of 2017 several public meetings were held to solicit input from the community noting what they wanted in Community Resilience Center. This information was then included in a Programming Document.
In December 2017 the CRC Program Document was reviewed and approved by the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors.
Also, in December 2017, County staff sent out a solicitation for property. The County was looking for 2-4 acre parcels in or near the Rim Fire evacuation area. Upon completion of the solicitation period the County received a total of eight property proposals. Three (3) from the Groveland Area and five (5) from the Tuolumne area. Staff then spent the next couple of months evaluating each proposed property and conducted an initial environmental review.
On December 19, 2017 the Tuolumne County Board of Supervisors approved for staff to proceed with the next phase of work with one property in Tuolumne owned by the Mi-Wuk Tribe and one property in Groveland owned by Lawrence Griffiths and Groveland Community Services District.
Community Resilience Center - Next Steps
• RFP Released for Environmental Services
• Environmental Services Contract to be awarded August 2018
• Environmental CEQA/NEPA work August-April 2018
• Environmental CEQA/NEPA Hearings/Comments May-July 2019