Montana Administrative Register Notice 8-94-194 No. 2   01/28/2022    
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In the matter of the adoption of New Rule I pertaining to the deadline for the second cycle for the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) – Community and Public Facilities Projects Application and Guidelines













TO: All Concerned Persons


1. On March 12, 2022, the Department of Commerce proposes to adopt the above-stated rule.


2. The Department of Commerce will make reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities who wish to participate in this rulemaking process or need an alternative accessible format of this notice. If you require an accommodation, contact the department no later than 5:00 p.m. on February 23, 2022, to advise us of the nature of the accommodation that you need. Please contact Bonnie J. Martello, Paralegal, Montana Department of Commerce, 301 South Park Avenue, P.O. Box 200501, Helena, Montana 59620-0501; telephone (406) 841-2596; fax (406) 841-2701; TDD (406) 841-2702; or e-mail docadministrativerules@mt.gov.


3.  The rule proposed to be adopted provides as follows:


            NEW RULE I  SECOND CYCLE FOR THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG) – COMMUNITY AND PUBLIC FACILITIES PROJECTS APPLICATION AND GUIDELINES  (1)  The Department of Commerce approves a second application cycle for spring 2022.  The Department of Commerce will receive CDBG grant applications for the second cycle of spring 2022 on or before March 31, 2022.

            (2)  All CDBG grant applications must comply with the 2021 Community and Public Facilities Application and Guidelines referenced in ARM 8.94.3729.  Copies of the 2021 Community and Public Facilities Projects Application and Guidelines may be obtained as provided in ARM 8.94.3729.


AUTH:  90-1-103, MCA

IMP:  90-1-103, MCA


REASON:  The Department of Commerce (department) is proposing to adopt NEW RULE I.  This rule notifies the public that the department is opening a second cycle to receive CDBG Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for Community and Public Facilities Projects.  The rule sets the deadline for applicants to submit a CDBG grant application for the second cycle on or before March 31, 2022.  The department is opening a second cycle based on available grant funds.  This rule is necessary to make the public aware of the second cycle offered the Spring of 2022.  The 2021 Community and Public Facilities Application and Guidelines, which is the governing administrative document, is not being amended.


4. Concerned persons may submit their data, views, or arguments concerning the proposed action in writing to: Bonnie Martello, Department of Commerce, Legal Department, 301 South Park Avenue, P.O. Box 200501, Helena, Montana 59620-0533; telephone (406) 841-2596; fax (406) 841-2871; TDD (406) 841-2702; or e-mail DOCAdministrativeRules@mt.gov, and must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., February 25, 2022.


5. If persons who are directly affected by the proposed action wish to express their data, views, or arguments orally or in writing at a public hearing, they must make written request for a hearing and submit this request along with any written comments to Bonnie Martello at the above address no later than 5:00 p.m., February 25, 2022.


6. If the agency receives requests for a public hearing on the proposed action from either 10 percent or 25, whichever is less, of the persons directly affected by the proposed action; from the appropriate administrative rule review committee of the Legislature; from a governmental subdivision or agency; or from an association having not less than 25 members who will be directly affected, a hearing will be held at a later date. Notice of the hearing will be published in the Montana Administrative Register.  Ten percent of those directly affected has been determined to be 18, based on the 56 counties and 129 municipalities that are eligible to apply for the CDBG Community and Public Facilities Program.


7. The department maintains a list of interested persons who wish to receive notices of rulemaking actions proposed by this agency.  Persons who wish to have their name added to the list shall make a written request that includes the name, e-mail, and mailing address of the person to receive notices and specifies for which program the person wishes to receive notices. Notices will be sent by e-mail unless a mailing preference is noted in the request.  Such written request may be mailed or delivered to the contact person in 4 above or may be made by completing a request form at any rules hearing held by the department.


8. The bill sponsor contact requirements of 2-4-302, MCA, do not apply.


9. With regard to the requirements of 2-4-111, MCA, the department has determined that the adoption of the above-referenced rule will not significantly and directly impact small businesses.


/s/ Amy Barnes                                             /s/ Adam Schafer                                        

Amy Barnes                                                 Adam Schafer

Rule Reviewer                                              Deputy Director

                                                                     Department of Commerce


Certified to the Secretary of State January 18, 2022.


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