Erie County Department of Regional Planning and Development

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The Erie County Department of Planning and Development provides the following services for political jurisdictions that are members of the Erie Regional Planning Commission:

Planning Services

  • Census Bureau Programs
  • Comprehensive Planning
  • Downtown Revitalization Activities
  • Floodplain Program Administration
  • Grant Search Assistance and Writing
  • Legal Opinions on Zoning and Planning Issues
  • Lot Split Review and Approval
  • Newsletters with Planning Information
  • Planning Research
  • Rezoning Review for Zoning Changes in Unincorporated Areas
  • Special Planning Studies
  • Subdivision Regulations Development and Revision/Updates
  • Subdivision Review for Unincorporated Areas
  • Zoning Code/Resolution Development and Revisions/Updates
  • Economic Development
  • Community Development Block Grant Economic Development Grant Program Administration
  • Community Reinvestment Areas
  • Enterprise Zone Program Administration
  • Grant Search Assistance and Writing
  • Revolving Loan Fund Administration
  • Tax Increment Financing

Housing And Community Development Services

  • Community Development Block Grant Program Administration
  • Community Housing Improvement Program Administration
  • Fair Housing Services
  • Grant Search Assistance and Writing
  • Handicapped Access Improvements to Residential Units

Mapping/GIS/Computer Services

  • Assistance with Preparation of Documents or Presentations
  • Geographic Information System (GIS) Access
  • Specialized Maps for Documents or Presentations
  • Zoning Map Maintenance and Reproduction

ERPC Staff

APA Member

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Community Development Block Grant

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds originate at the federal level in the Housing & Urban Development (HUD) department. CDBG funds are then distributed to the State of Ohio through the Office of Housing and Community Partnerships (OHCP). OHCP then distributes the funds statewide on an annual basis through a formula allocation. This formula allocation is calculated using a formula, population counts, and unemployment estimates. These objectives are:
  • Assist an area with a population of at least 51% low and moderate-income persons. A project could consist of road resurfacing, the installation of sewer/water lines or ADA restrooms.
  • Eliminate slum and blight. This type of project would target an area of the community that is particularly deteriorated and needs restoration.
  • Remedy an emergency situation. Should a local community experience a flood, tornado, or water line break CDBG funds could be used to pay for any necessary repairs.
During the spring of each year, notices are sent to each community in Erie County allowing the jurisdiction to submit a proposal for CDBG funding. Once all proposals are received, two public hearings are held with the County Commissioners to determine which projects have the highest priority; therefore, projects meeting one of the national objectives and having a high priority are usually funded.
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