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Foreclosures: What’s Next?
Liz Blume, Community Building Institute

Local Initiatives Support Corporation of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky

Place Matters – Building Sustainable Communities; Kathy Schwab,
OKI Transportation Alternatives Program
Don Burrell, OKI

November 16, 2012


November 16, 2012 10:00am – 12:00pm OKI Board Room

Welcome and Opening Remarks – Ken Reed, OKI Land Use Commission Brief Recap of August Meeting Feature Presentation I: Foreclosures: What’s Next? – Liz Blume, Community Building Institute In Brief: OKI Transportation Alternatives Program – Don Burrell, OKI OKI SRPP Update Outreach Campaign update – Travis Miller, OKI Small Group Discussion  Have you taken the SRPP Questionnaire? How did you learn about it?  Do you have specific contacts or venues for a second wave of outreach especially for populations who don’t always go on-line?  What suggestions do you have for next year’s outreach planned to obtain input on the SRPP policy recommendations? Feature Presentation II: Place Matters – Building Sustainable Communities; Kathy Schwab, Local Initiatives

Support Corporation of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky

Focus on Funding – Emi Randall, OKI Wrap-up and Opportunity for Announcements – Emi Randall, OKI Ohio Kentucky Indiana Regional Council of Governments 720 East Pete Rose Way, Suite 420 - Cincinnati, Ohio 45202 Please visit to register

November 16, 2012

Today’s Agenda
Recap of August Meeting Feature Presentation I: Foreclosures: What’s Next? – Liz Blume, Community Building Institute In Briefs: OKI Transportation Alternatives Program – Don Burrell, OKI Senior Planner  and Bicycle & Pedestrian Coordinator OKI SRPP Public Outreach Update Small Group Discussion – Improving Outreach… Feature Presentation II Place Matters – Building Sustainable Communities; Kathy Schwab, Local  Initiatives Support Corporation of Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky Focus on Funding Opportunity for Announcements

Recap of August 10th Forum
Revisiting the Strategic Regional Policy Plan Feature Presentation I: Hamilton County Energy Efficiency Block Grant, Sustainable  Codes Project  – Jonathan  Wocher, McBride Dale Clarion and Dean Niemeyer,  Hamilton County Planning  & Development Feature Presentation II The Story Project‐ Adena Kass, Agenda  360 and Kara Williams, Vision 2015 Small Group Discussion – The Story Project themes In Briefs: City of Trenton Comprehensive Plan Implementation Efforts – James Foster, City of Trenton Economic  Development Cincinnati Bike Friendly City Award – Michael Moore, City of Cincinnati  Department of Transportation

August 10, 2012 Regional  Planning Forum Summary of Attendees
Gov't Administrator, 1 Energy, 1 Health 2 Transportation 4

Elected Official, 1

Environment 4

Civic Engagement 4 Economic Development 4 Planning 22

43 attendees

Liz Blume
Community Building Institute

Regional Planning Forum November 16, 2012



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City of Trenton Nov 8 ‐

Harry T. Wilks Conference  Center  Nov 13 ‐

Warren County  Administration  Nov 6 ‐

North Dearborn  Library Branch _____ ‐

Lawrenceburg  Main Library Oct 29 ‐ Boone County  Main Library Nov 19 ‐ CVG (2) Oct 25 ‐ Florence  Government  Center Nov 15 ‐

Sawyer Point  Building Lobby Nov 2 – Nov 13 

L k Airport Lunken Ai Oct 17 ‐

Anderson  Community  Center Oct 17 ‐ NKU  Student Union Nov 7 ‐

Additional Outreach Examples:  • Anderson Cable TV   • CMHA – 4,800 delivered • Trenton Christmas Walk • Race for Global Water

Small Group Discussion: 
•Have you taken the SRPP Questionnaire?   If so, how did you learn about it? •Do y you have specific p  contacts or venues for a second  wave of outreach ‐ especially for populations who don’t  always go on‐line? •What suggestions do you have for next year’s outreach  planned to obtain input on the SRPP policy  recommendations?

Kathy Schwab
Local Initiatives Support Corporation of  Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky

Focus on Funding

The EPA is accepting applications for Environmental Justice Small Grants The Environmental  Justice Small Grants Program, supports and empowers  communities working on solutions to local environmental  and public  health  issues.  Up to $30,000 with no match requirement Eligible applicants:  ‐ incorporated  non‐profit organizations ‐ federally recognized  tribal governments ‐ tribal organizations  Deadline is  Jan. 7, 2013.  Pre‐application  teleconference  calls on Dec. 1; and Dec. 13, 2012.‐smgrants.html

Federal Grants

Ohio Grants
• Ohio Vacant Facilities Fund
‐ ‐ Eligible applicants include for profit businesses ‐ Accepting Pre‐certification requests beginning Nov. 26th Employers are eligible  for up to $500 for each new full‐time employee employed  at the facility for at least one year. Grant funds  can be used for acquisition,  construction, enlargement,  improvement, or equipment  of the facility occupied  by the employer. 

• Ohio Local Government Innovation Fund
‐ ‐ Deadline for loan Round 4 Loan Applications – Dec. 3rd The LGIF program will award up to $100,000 in loan assistance per entity for  demonstration projects, and up to $500,000 in loan assistance for collaborative  demonstration projects. 

Ohio Grants & Loans
• Clean Ohio Brownfield Projects
Clean Ohio funding requests are now being accepted by JobsOhio and the  JobsOhio Network.  Clean Ohio funding  assists public  agencies  in acquiring  property, demolishing  structures, conducting  environmental  cleanup,  and improving infrastructure.  Contact the Cincinnati USA Partnership for more info ( 513)579‐3100.

KY Grants
• Community Development Block Grant Program
‐ Economic Development: April 2, 2012‐February  28, 2013. ‐ Community Emergency Relief Fund: April 2, 2012‐February  28, 2013 ‐ Public P bli  Services: S i April 2, 2012‐February  28, 2013


David J. Allor Conference February 1, 2013 Anderson Community y Center David J. Allor Planning & Zoning  Workshop

DAAP Planning Reception
Tonight from 6‐7:30pm ‐ reception at the DAAP  Reed Gallery. Gallery opens at 5pm. ENVISION CINCINNATI exhibit that celebrates 90  years of professional planning in Cincinnati  and the 50th anniversary of urban planning  education at UC.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Next Regional Planning Forum Friday February 15, 15  2013

Community Building Institute Executive Director Liz Blume has built her career blending community organizing principles with neighborhood planning processes. She has more than 15 years of experience leading comprehensive, municipal planning processes that focus on building healthy neighborhoods through citizen participation. Until December 2002, Liz was Director of the Department of Planning for the City of Cincinnati, where she served for three years. Prior to that, Liz was Director of the Department of Planning & Community Development for the City of Dayton, Ohio. At the Community Building Institute, Liz's work has included coordinating work with KnowledgeWorks, Greater Cincinnati Foundationn and others on the engagement for Community Learning Centers, a major initiative with Cincinnati Public Schools. She has led an important regional research project that establishes a new framework for the conversation around regionalism in the Cincinnati area. She has been deeply involved with the place matters project; a major effort, with a funding collaborative, to implement a comprehensive community investment strategy in three Cincinnati neighborhoods. Liz is committed to making sure the work of the Institute is relevant and connected to people who live in the communities she is working in. In Cincinnati, Liz led a department of 25 professionals and oversaw a budget of $2 million. Her department was engaged in a wide range of planning issues, including land use, transportation, downtown, education, housing and economic development. It gained a reputation for being committed to neighborhood and community planning efforts. One of her key accomplishments was the development of a comprehensive plan for Over-the-Rhine, a neighborhood that borders the city's downtown. The inclusive planning process has been praised for building consensus among competing community stakeholders. Liz is a former consultant with Woolpert Consultants in Dayton. She has a Master of Community Planning from the School of Design, Art, Architecture and Planning at the University of Cincinnati and a Bachelor of Science in Political Science and Urban Planning from the College of Architecture and Planning at Ball State University. She is a frequent guest lecturer on topics related to planning and politics, smart growth, professional practice and urban design, and has written numerous articles on those topics. Liz lives in Cincinnati's Clifton neighborhood with her two children.

OKI Regional Planning Forum
November  16, 2012

The Community Building Institute
• Partnership between Xavier and the United Way • Established in 1995 • Founded F d d on the h principles i i l of f asset-based b d community development • Mission is to support communities through engagement and asset development

The New Housing Environment
• Over supply of housing in Hamilton County (50,000) • Steady property appreciation is no longer a given • Reinvestment is existing housing stock is critical • Home ownership may not always be the answer

Creating Communities of Choice
• • • • Image Market Physical Conditions Neighborhood Management

Developing Successful Housing  Strategies
• Know your housing market • Inventory your housing stock • Develop an integrated strategy • Create a tactical plan  • Create partnerships

Your Housing Markets
• Sale prices • Time on the market • Renovation costs • Rental market • Who’s coming – who’s going

Your Housing Stock
• Building Conditions • Vacancies, utilities • Foreclosures and ownership status • Stabilization and renovation costs

Integrated Strategy:
Plan with the end in mind

• Remove blight • Stabilize in‐tact blocks  • Encourage re‐investment • Plan for in‐fill and new development • Consider commercial corridors  • Understand quality of life and safety 

Tactical Plan
• Demolition
– Disposition of vacant lots

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Stabilize Marketing g Tracking progress The “carry” process Funding

• • • • • • Neighbors Banks Relators Developers and Contractors County/city The Port

Liz Blume, Director

3800 Victory Parkway Cincinnati, Ohio 45207‐7770 513‐745‐3896

Kathy Schwab
Executive Director
Cincinnati real estate development veteran Kathy Laker Schwab has been the Executive Director of LISC since December 2008. She brings to LISC an expertise in real estate, having spent 20 years of her career running her own real estate brokerage, management and development company. A life-long urban advocate, Schwab helped to established the first SID (special improvement district), Downtown Cincinnati Inc., where she served as Vice President of Residential Development from 1998 to 2004. There she was responsible for formulating and executing strategies for residential revitalization in the urban core. She has also directed the formation of at least two CDCs in Cincinnati, and has served as a development consultant to the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, the University of Cincinnati, 3CDC and the Uptown Consortium. Schwab is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati, where she serves as a member of the UC Real Estate Executive Advisory Council.

Don Burrell
OKI Senior Planner
Don is responsible for coordinating bicycle and pedestrian transportation modes with the region’s multimodal transportation planning program at OKI. Specific activities include maintaining the Regional Bicycle plan, Regional Pedestrian Plan and Bike Route Guides, providing technical assistance for developing local bicycle and pedestrian projects, advising local jurisdictions on facility plans and coordinating local projects with the regional transportation plan. Don began his tenure with OKI in 1978 and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Urban Planning from the University of Cincinnati. Don is a member of the American Planning Association, American Institute of Certified Planners, the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals, the League of American Bicyclists and the Cincinnati Cycle Club.


Overview of the New Transportation Alternatives Program

Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21) in effect on October 1, 2012 Consolidated many funding categories and also created some new ones ones. Transportation Alternatives Program requires a suballocation to MPO’s

Similar funding levels as SAFETEA-LU Transportation Enhancement program:
◦ FY 2013: $808,760,000 $ , , ◦ FY 2014: $819,900,000

• Total TAP funding is 2% of MAP-21 highway funding. • Funded via set-aside from each State’s formula program.



TAP sub allocation: States receive an apportionment of TAP funds.
◦ 50% are suballocated by population (large urbanized areas, other urban areas, rural areas). ◦ 50% are available for any area of the State. State ◦ Federal share is generally 80%









• RTP usually administered by a state resource agency • States can opt out of the program (OH, KY, IN have not) • Recreational trails projects also eligible for STP

SRTS remains eligible No set aside funding 20% match required State coordinator not i d required • No national clearinghouse requirement • • • •



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Safety and educational activities for bike/pedestrians Acquisition of scenic easements and scenic or historic sites Scenic or historic highway programs (including visitor and welcome centers) Historic preservation as an independent activity unrelated to historic transportation facilities Operation of historic transportation facilities Archaeological planning and research undertaken for proactive planning—must be used as mitigation for highway projects Transportation museums

States and MPOs ◦ “Shall develop a competitive process to allow eligible entities to submit projects for funding” ◦ This work is underway by staff

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Nonprofits are not eligible as direct recipients but may partner with an eligible sponsor

Local governments Regional transportation authorities Transit agencies Natural resource or public land agencies School districts, local education agencies or schools Tribal governments Any other local or regional governmental entity with responsibility for or oversight of transportation or recreational trails (other than an MPO or state agency) that the State determines to be eligible



TAP projects “shall be treated as projects on a Federal-aid highway…” TAP projects must comply with applicable provisions in Title 23, such as project agreements, authorization to proceed prior to incurring costs, prevailing wage rates (Davis (Davis-Bacon), Bacon) competitive bidding and other contracting requirements, even for projects not located within the ROW of a Federal-aid highway

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Staff complete draft prioritization process (11/15/12) ICC Prioritization Subcommittee meet to discuss and amend (12/11/12) Present for consideration by ICC (1/8/13) Present for consideration by OKI Board (1/10/13) Call for Projects (February 2013) TAP Workshop (March 2013) Applications Due (April 2013) Project Selection (May 2013) Review and approval by ICC and Board (June 2013)

FHWA Guidance:

Programming questions:
Mark Paine

General provisions and technical questions:
Don Burrell




BACKGROUND: In 2005 OKI’s Board of Directors adopted a Strategic Regional
Policy Plan (SRPP), since then much has changed in the region, the nation and the economy, as a result it is being updated and we would like your input. The 2005 SRPP identified regional issues and policy recommendations to improve the quality of life and service to the public across the region.


The Ohio-Kentucky-Indiana Regional Council of Governments

OKI is updating the SRPP by conducting a public outreach campaign “How Do We Grow From Here?” to identify current issues of importance in continuing the region’s growth. We are asking for your help in the following ways:  Participate in an upcoming 20-minute webinar explaining our outreach campaign and a questionnaire for the public that will help us identify conditions, trends and other regional issues that will allow us to establish policy recommendations that communities can use to address its challenges. Share the questionnaire with your network of contacts by placing an announcement and the link on your website, your Facebook page, your newsletter, and by sending out an email about it. Speak about the questionnaire to your organization, group, class, meeting, or conference and make sure they have the questionnaire link. Wear a “How Do We Grow From Here?” badge to your meetings and/or make distribute postcards that provides a link where the questionnaire can be accessed (OKI will make these available to you). The questionnaire will be available until December 31, 2012

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Online at The OKI RCOG Facebook page located at