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1997 Session

Budget Bill - HB1600 (Chapter 924)

Department of Housing and Community Development

Item 92

Item 92

First Year - FY1997Second Year - FY1998
Economic Development Research, Planning, and Coordination (53300)$29,301,535
$41,961,535
$31,798,535
$47,598,535
Regional and Community Developmental Planning (53301)FY1997 $3,191,171FY1998 $5,688,171
Financial Assistance for Substate Planning (53303)FY1997 $1,646,516
$1,806,516
FY1998 $1,646,516
Financial Assistance for Community Development (53305)FY1997 $24,463,848
$36,963,848
FY1998 $24,463,848
$40,263,848
Fund Sources: 
GeneralFY1997 $6,138,101
$5,798,101
FY1998 $8,635,101
$11,435,101
Federal TrustFY1997 $23,163,434
$36,163,434
FY1998 $23,163,434
$36,163,434

Authority: Title 36, §§ 36.85.16 through 36.85.36, Chapter 8 and Title 15.1, Chapter 34, Code of Virginia.


A. This appropriation includes annual membership dues to the Appalachian Regional Commission, $97,000 the first year and $97,000 the second year, from the general fund.


These dues are payable from the amounts for Regional and Community Developmental Planning.


B. Notwithstanding the provisions of § 2.1-512, Code of Virginia, proceeds from the sale or lease of land and buildings obtained with Communities for Opportunity program loan funds and repayment of loans shall be returned to the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority. Such funds shall be deposited in the Authority's account and used to establish a revolving loan fund to encourage economic development in the coal producing counties. Each proposed use of the funds must have the concurrence of the Director of the Department of Housing and Community Development.


C. Out of the amounts for Financial Assistance for Substate Planning shall be paid from the general fund:


1. To the Lenowisco Planning District Commission, $75,753 the first year and $75,753 the second year, which includes $38,610 the first year and $38,610 the second year for added responsibilities pursuant to § 15.1-1405, Code of Virginia, and the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority; and $53,333 the first year to develop a comprehensive regional water supply service plan for the area within the two planning districts in cooperation with the Cumberland Plateau Planning District Commission. In addition, the Department shall provide $50,000 the first year from the general fund for operating support of the small business incubator network.


2. To the Cumberland Plateau Planning District Commission, $78,812 the first year and $78,812 the second year which includes $42,390 the first year and $42,390 the second year for added responsibilities pursuant to § 15.1-1405, Code of Virginia, and the Virginia Coalfield Economic Development Authority and $53,333 the first year to develop a comprehensive regional water supply service plan for the area within the two planning districts in cooperation with the Lenowisco Planning District Commission.


3. To the Mount Rogers Planning District Commission, $40,687 the first year and $40,687 the second year; and $53,334 the first year to develop a comprehensive water supply service plan for the area within the planning district.


4. To the New River Valley Planning District Commission, $40,687 the first year and $40,687 the second year.


5. To the Fifth Planning District Commission, $56,030 the first year and $56,030 the second year.


6. To the Central Shenandoah Planning District Commission, $49,698 the first year and $49,698 the second year.


7. To the Lord Fairfax Planning District Commission, $40,687 the first year and $40,687 the second year.


8. To the Northern Virginia Planning District Commission, $323,852 the first year and $323,852 the second year.


9. To the Rappahannock-Rapidan Planning District Commission, $40,687 the first year and $40,687 the second year.


10. To the Thomas Jefferson Planning District Commission, $40,687 the first year and $40,687 the second year.


11. To the Central Virginia Planning District Commission, $45,526 the first year and $45,526 the second year.


12. To the West Piedmont Planning District Commission, $52,777 the first year and $52,777 the second year.


13. To the Southside Planning District Commission, $40,687 the first year and $40,687 the second year.


14. To the Piedmont Planning District Commission, $40,687 the first year and $40,687 the second year.


15. To the Richmond Regional Planning District Commission, $163,371 the first year and $163,371 the second year.


16. To the RADCO Planning District Commission, $40,687 the first year and $40,687 the second year.


17. To the Northern Neck Planning District Commission, $40,687 the first year and $40,687 the second year.


18. To the Middle Peninsula Planning District Commission, $40,687 the first year and $40,687 the second year.


19. To the Crater Planning District Commission, $40,687 the first year and $40,687 the second year.


20. To the Accomack-Northampton Planning District Commission, $40,687 the first year and $40,687 the second year.


21. To the Hampton Roads Planning District Commission $312,818 the first year, and $312,818 the second year.


D. Out of the amounts provided to the Department shall be provided $990,339 the first year and $990,339 $1,290,339 the second year from the general fund for the Virginia Water Project for operating costs and water and wastewater grants.


E. This appropriation includes annual membership dues in the DELMARVA Advisory Council, $7,500 the first year and $7,500 the second year from the general fund.


F. Funds received under Section 108 of the federal Community Development Block Grant shall be used to supplement funding for the Virginia Economic Development Revolving Fund.


G. This item includes $1,000,000 $500,000 the first year and $1,000,000 $500,000 the second year from the general fund to carry out the provisions of §§ 59.1-282.2 and 59.1-282.3, Code of Virginia, related to the Enterprise Zone Act.


I VETO THIS ITEM /s/ GEORGE ALLEN (3/24/97) (Vetoed item is enclosed in brackets.)

[ If appropriations the second year from the general fund are not sufficient to avoid the proration of benefits provided under §§ 59.1-282.2 and 59.1-282.3, Code of Virginia, the Director of the Department of Planning and Budget shall administratively transfer the necessary amounts from the unobligated balances in Item 530 of this Act. ]


H. Any remaining balances in the Business Modernization Fund, the Rural Economic Development Grant Fund, the Clean Sites Fund, the Defense Conversion Fund, and the Southside Economic Development Commission shall not revert to the general fund, but shall be carried forward and reappropriated.


I. Out of this item, $3,000,000 $6,000,000 the second year from the general fund is appropriated to carry out the provisions of §§ 15.1-1227.1 through 15.1-1227.5, Code of Virginia, related to the Regional Competitiveness Act. The Department may use an alternate method to allocate all or a portion of the funds to one or more regions, after notifying the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees of the proposed method of distribution. The Department may use up to $150,000 the second year from the general fund for staff support for the Regional Competitiveness Program.


J. This Item includes $10,000 the first year and $10,000 the second year from the general fund for the Ivanhoe Project for small business development.


K. Out of the amounts in this Item shall be provided $500,000 the first year from the general fund to establish an abandoned housing fund. Funds shall be used to assist cities with a population of 50,000 or greater, to provide financial assistance for acquisition, demolition, or clearing of abandoned housing. Funds shall be provided on a 50 percent matching basis with a cap not to exceed $100,000 per locality. Forty-five days prior to the expenditure of any funds, the Department shall develop guidelines and submit them to the Governor and the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees.


L. The Department shall study financing options for the Commonwealth to assist localities in the development of industrial parks and related infrastructure improvements. Among the options for the Department to consider are federally sponsored economic development programs, as well as options that provide tax benefits for financial institutions that agree to provide low-interest financing for the purchase and improvement of industrial sites. The Virginia Economic Development Partnership and the Department of Business Assistance shall cooperate with the Department in preparing the study. The Department shall also request the assistance of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees. The Department shall report on its findings and recommendations to the Chairmen of the House Appropriations and Senate Finance Committees no later than October 31, 1997.