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City Invites Public Comment for Hogtown Creek Watershed Management Plan Application

7/13/2020

The Public Works Department is soliciting feedback from neighbors to include in its application for $500,000 under the Rebuild Florida General Planning Support (GPS) Program from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (FDEO). The source of the funding is the Housing and Urban Development Community Development Block Grant – Mitigation fund. The FDEO has allocated $20 million in rarely accessible funds to the GPS program to create regional plans that will enable the state of Florida to withstand future disasters.

The city’s $500,000 application includes a watershed management plan for Hogtown Creek.  The scope includes mapping of flood hazard areas and an application to the Federal Emergency Management Agency for a letter of map revision to update the flood insurance rate maps for the affected areas. The plan includes identification and conceptual planning of hazard mitigation strategies for the Hogtown Creek watershed. The mitigation strategies will be ranked using the City of Gainesville Comprehensive Plan and community goals. Four public meeting presentations and a report preparation also will be included in the scope of services. The application is due by July 31, 2020.

The public is invited to participate by submitting comments by 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 30:

Proposed Application:  To request a copy of the proposed grant application, please call 352-334-5070 or send an e-mail request to HogtownCreekWatershedPlan-GPS@cityofgainesville.org