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PA Bulletin, Doc. No. 01-2324



Amendment to the Consolidated Plan Strategy

[31 Pa.B. 7038]

   The Commonwealth's Consolidated Plan for FFY 2000-2004 contains strategy, priorities and a list of action steps for Federal housing and community development programs that will be pursued during this 5-year period. The action steps to be pursued in 2002 include the items listed in the Five Year Consolidated Plan for Federal Fiscal Years (FFY) 2000--2004. These action steps entail a broad ranger of activities including but not limited to, activities for the homeless, special needs groups and other actions that will address critical housing and community development needs in this Commonwealth. The 2002 Action Plan does not have a repetitious listing of those activities.

   The Commonwealth is providing public notice of the following amendment to its 2002 Action Plan.

CDBG Changes

   The Department of Community and Economic Development (Department) will no longer include Dauphin County and Borough of Steelton as members of its United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) nonentitlement areas participating in the State Small Cities Program, since the areas have qualified to participate as direct Federal recipients. Therefore, the allocation to be received by the Commonwealth from HUD will be reduced by the amount determined by HUD's funding formula.

    The 2000 Census population figures have also affected a number of State entitlement entities, as provided for in the act of October 11, 1984 (P. L. 906, No. 179). Six new entitlement boroughs or townships have been created by virtue of their having achieved the required population threshold of 4,000 persons. They are:

Blair Township, Blair County
Franklin Township, Carbon County
Upper Nazareth Township, Northampton County
Wayne Township, Schuylkill County
Cresson Borough, Cambria County
Wharton Township, Fayette County

   In addition, three municipalities that have slipped below 4,000 in population have lost their State entitlement status. They are:

Portage Township, Cambria County
Mahoning Township, Carbon County
Conewango Township, Warren County

   The State entitlement status of two municipalities is also in dispute since their census population has not been finalized. One of these, Green Township in Indiana County is an existing State entitlement whose 2000 population figures have fallen below 4,000. There is presently a dispute over boundary lines. If a census correction increases their population to 4,000 or above, they will be reinstated to State entitlement status.

   The second municipality whose population is in dispute is Brothersvalley Township in Somerset County, where the 2000 population is above 4,000, which would grant State entitlement status. Official census figures will determine if this township becomes an entitlement community or remains a nonentitlement entity.


[Pa.B. Doc. No. 01-2324. Filed for public inspection December 28, 2001, 9:00 a.m.]

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