Rd instruction 1948-b title 7 Agriculture




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RD Instruction 1948-B

§1945.56 (b) (Cont.)

possible. Particular attention will be given to the utilization of existing Rural Development authorities under other Rural Development programs in conjunction with this Subpart for providing assistance to approved designated areas in accordance with the Governor's approved State Investment Strategy for Energy Impacted Areas.
(c) Where existing plans are unsuitable or nonexistent, and other assistance programs are inadequate or unavailable on a timely basis, Rural Development will provide assistance under this Subpart to States, councils of local governments, and local governments for the modification, updating, and/or development of growth management and/or housing plans to deal with problems resulting from coal or uranium development within approved designated areas according to the criteria contained in this Subpart.
(d) Where needed, Rural Development will provide assistance for the development of sites and/or the acquisition of sites for housing and public facilities and services within approved designated areas according to the criteria contained in this Subpart. Such assistance for site development and acquisition will be made in accordance with Rural Development approved plans and State Investment Strategies for Energy Impacted Areas in accordance with the criteria contained in the Subpart.
(e) At the request of the Governor of the appropriate State, Rural Development will take action to acquire real property directly for sites for housing and/or public facilities and services in accordance with procedures set forth in this Subpart.
(f) At the request of the Governor of the appropriate State, where neither the State nor local government has power to do so for this purpose, Rural Development may take action through condemnation to acquire real property for sites necessary for housing, public facilities, or services.
§1948.57 Eligible Activities.
Grant Funds may be used for:
(a) The preparation of growth management and/or housing plans (or aspects thereof) for which financial resources are not available for approved designated areas as set forth in the grant agreement, including but limited to:
(1) One hundred percent of the total cost of developing growth management and/or housing plans.

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RD Instruction 1948-B

§1948.57 (a) (Cont.)

(2) One hundred percent of the cost of developing aspects of growth management plans and/or housing plans including but not limited to:


(i) sewer plans;

(ii) water plans;

(iii) recreation plans;

(iv) transportation plan;

(v) education plans; and

(vi) subdivision plans.


(3) Payment of salaries of professional, technical, and clerical staff to carry out growth management and housing planning and evaluation;
(4) Payment of necessary reasonable office expenses such as office rental, office utilities, and office equipment rental;
(5) Purchase of office supplies;
(6) Payment of necessary reasonable administrative costs, such as workmen's compensation, liability insurance, and employer's share of social security and travel; and
(7) Payment of costs to undertake tests, make appraisals, and arrange for engineering/architectural services necessary for the planning activity.
(b) Up to 75 percent of the actual cost of developing or acquiring sites for housing, public facilities, or services for which financial resources are otherwise not available as set forth in the grant agreement, including but not limited to:
(1) Necessary grading and leveling;

(2) Sewer and water connections;

(3) Necessary water and sewer lines to housing and public facilities sites;

(4) Access roads to housing and public facilities sites;

(5) Restoring previously mined sites;

(6) Necessary engineering reports in connection with site development;

(7) Payment of costs to undertake tests, make appraisals, and engineering/architectural services necessary for the site development and/or site acquisition;

(8) Necessary legal fees involved in the transfer of the real property.


§1948.58 [Reserved]


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§1948.59 Ineligible activities.


(a) Growth management and housing planning grant funds may not be used for:
(1) Acquisition, construction, repair, or rehabilitation of existing housing and public facilities;
(2) Replacement of, or substitution for, any financial support previously provided or assured from any other source which would result in a reduction of current efforts on the part of the applicant;
(3) Duplication of current services;
(4) Routine administrative activities not allowed under Federal Management Circular FMC 74-4, "Cost Principles Applicable to Grants and Contracts with State and Local Governments;"
(5) Planning for areas other than approved designated areas;
(6) Planning other than growth management and housing planning; or
(7) Political activities.
(b) Grant funds for site development may not be used for:
(1) Construction, repair, or rehabilitation of housing and public facilities;
(2) Replacement of, or substitution for, any financial support previously provided or assured from any other source which would result in a reduction of effort on the part of the applicant;
(3) Administrative expenses not allowed under FMC 74-4;
(4) Purposes for which funding exists under other State or Federal Programs that may reasonably be obtained on a timely basis by the applicants;
(5) Duplication of current services; or
(6) Political activities.

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RD Instruction 1948-B

§1948.60 Delegation and redelegation of authority.
The Rural Development State Director is responsible for implementing the authorities contained in this Subpart and may issue State supplements redelegating these authorities to appropriate Rural Development employees.
§1948.61 State supplements and guides.
Rural Development State Directors will obtain National Office clearance for all State supplements and guides in accordance with paragraph VIII of RD Instruction 2006-B, (available in any Rural Development office). (Revised 3-23-83, PN 874.)
(a) State supplements. State Directors, may supplement this Subpart as appropriate to meet State and local laws and regulations and to provide for orderly application processing and efficient service to applicants. State supplements shall not contain any requirements pertaining to designations, designation approval, or plan approvals more restrictive than those in this Subpart.
(b) State guides. State Directors may develop guides for use by applicants if the guides to this Subpart are not adequate. State Directors may prepare guides for: items needed for the application; items necessary for the docket; and items required prior to grant closing or construction starts.
§1948.62 Environmental review requirements.
(a) Issuance of grants and other actions taken under this subpart must comply with the environmental review requirements in accordance with 7 CFR part 1970. (Revised 04-01-16, SPECIAL PN.)
(b) Subsequent to an energy impact area designation by the Governor and establishment of priorities, the Rural Development State Director, in consultation with the Governor, shall define the geographic boundaries or otherwise delineate the areas which will be studied for environmental impacts.
(c) Boundaries shall define the area within which the environmental impacts of the proposed action can be reasonably studied. Proper delineation of impact areas will avoid duplication of effort by using one assessment or impact statement to study a broad area rather than numerous overlapping documents prepared for smaller projects.

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