Agenda Item No. IV-3CITY OF WICHITACITY COUNCIL MEETINGApril 17, 2012TO:
Mayor and City Council
REAP Consortium Agreement for South Central Kansas SustainableCommunities (All Districts)
Metropolitan Area Planning Department
Approve the Consortium Agreement, authorize the necessary signatures, andauthorize the Mayor to designate a Primary Point of Contact.
In November 2011, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)awarded the Regional Economic Area Partnership (REAP) a Sustainable Communities Regional PlanningGrant in the amount of $1.5 million. The purpose of this grant is to develop a regional plan for sustainable communities for south central Kansas. This plan must reflect the following six HUDlivability principles: 1) provide more transportation choices; 2) promote equitable/affordable housing; 3)enhance economic competiveness; 4) support existing communities; 5) coordinate and leverage federal policies and investment; and, 6) value communities and neighborhoods.In order to qualify for this grant, REAP created a regional consortium that includes the City of Wichita(the city with the largest population), the Wichita Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (the region’sMPO), and all counties and their respective county seats in the Metropolitan Statistical Area (Sedgwick,Butler, Harvey and Sumner) plus Reno County. Other private and non-profit entities have also agreed to be members of this consortium. On September 20, 2011, the City Council adopted a resolutionauthorizing the City of Wichita to participate in the REAP consortium.
The total budget for the three-year regional plan development process is $2,322,804. The proposed cost share is approximately 65 percent grant funds ($1,500,000) from HUD and approximately35 percent leveraged local resources from the consortium members. All local resources are in-kind (non-cash) contributions with the exception of a $50,000 cash match from the Kansas Health Foundation.Funds will be used for project management staff, technical consultation and assistance, and activities toengage underrepresented populations. REAP will oversee the grant award and the development of the plan through the hiring of a project manager and an assistant project manager. Sedgwick County hasagreed to serve as fiscal agent for the grant program. REAP will have three years to complete the regional plan.The Consortium Agreement commits the City of Wichita to be a member of the regional consortium andto support this effort with staff services which will be used as part of the in-kind match for the federalgrant. Staff in-kind support services will come from the Metropolitan Area Planning Department, theUrban Development Department, the Public Works & Water Utilities Department, and the Housing andCommunity Development Department. The Wichita Area Metropolitan Planning Organization(WAMPO) will also participate as the required MPO.
There is no cash match requirement from the City and no City staff will beadded to work on this project. The annual leveraged in-kind match proposed will not exceed $55,470 andfor the three year planning process, will not exceed $166,410. This is equivalent to approximately 0.43FTE annually (see table).