St. John submitted an application to the Office of Community Development Disaster Recovery Unit for Category One funding for the Comprehensive Resiliency Program. The application for $174,326 has been approved. The program is designed to provide comprehensive nonstructural recovery to some of Louisiana's most at-risk communities. The Gustav/Ike Disaster Recovery Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funding will be utilized towards completion of Phase IV of the Comprehensive Plan and revision of our existing zoning and subdivision ordinances.
The goal of the grant is to help entities prepare implementation plans and to enact local policies that will result in reduced risks to people and property. Category One is designed to finance the development of forward-thinking plans related to: innovative water management; education and risk communication plans; efforts to encourage residents and businesses to locate in safer locations; business, housing, and infrastructure sustainability plans; and efforts that help lead Louisiana toward greater long-term sustainability.
"The receipt of these Community Development Block Grant funds will assist the parish with the completion of the Master Land Use Plan for St. John," said Parish President Natalie Robottom.