Montana Administrative Register Notice 8-94-183 No. 6   03/27/2020    
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In the matter of the amendment of ARM 8.94.3731 pertaining to the administration of the CDBG program






TO: All Concerned Persons


            1. On April 16, 2020, at 10:00 a.m., the Department of Commerce will hold a public hearing in Room 268 of the Park Avenue Building at 301 South Park Avenue, in Helena, Montana, or by conference call 1-877-273-4202, conference room 7865396, to consider the proposed amendment of 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 of Commerce no later than 5:00 p.m., April 14, 2020, to advise us of the nature of the accommodation that you need. Please contact Bonnie Martello, Department of Commerce, 301 South Park Avenue, P.O. Box 200501, Helena, Montana 59620-0523; telephone (406) 841-2596; TDD 841-2702; fax (406) 841-2771; or e-mail docadministrativerules@mt.gov.


3.  The rule as proposed to be amended provides as follows, stricken matter interlined, new matter underlined:


      8.94.3731 INCORPORATION BY REFERENCE OF RULES FOR THE ADMINISTRATION OF THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG) – SMALL-SCALE HOUSING DEVELOPMENT AND REHABILITATION HOUSING STABILIZATION PROGRAM APPLICATION GUIDELINES (1) The Department of Commerce adopts and incorporates by reference the 2017-2018 Application Guidelines for Small-Scale Housing Development and Rehabilitation projects 2020 Housing Stabilization Program Application Guidelines as rules for the administration of the 2017-2018 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program.

(2) remains the same.

(3) Copies of the regulations adopted by reference in (1) may be obtained from the Department of Commerce, Grants Bureau Community Development Division, 301 South Park Avenue, P.O. Box 200523, Helena, Montana 59620-0523, or on the Grants Bureau Community Development Division web site at http://comdev.mt.gov/Programs/CDBG/Housing/Applying https://comdev.mt.gov/Programs/CDBG/Housing/ApplicationForms.


AUTH: 90-1-103, MCA

IMP: 90-1-103, MCA


REASON: It is reasonably necessary to amend this rule to incorporate updated material for the administration of the 2020 Housing Stabilization Program Application Guidelines.


            4. Concerned persons may submit their data, views, or arguments either orally or in writing at the hearing. Written data, views, or arguments may also be submitted to the Department of Commerce, Legal Department, 301 South Park Avenue, P.O. Box 200501, Helena, Montana 59620-0501; telephone (406) 841-2596; TDD 841-2702; fax (406) 841-2771; or e-mail docadministrativerules@mt.gov, and must be received no later than 5:00 p.m., April 24, 2020.


5. The Office of Legal Affairs, Department of Commerce, has been designated to preside over and conduct this hearing.


6. 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 listed in 4 above or may be made by completing a request form at any rules hearing held by the department.


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


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



/s/ Amy Barnes                                                         /s/ Tara Rice                                    

Amy Barnes                                                             Tara Rice

Rule Reviewer                                                          Director

                                                                                  Department of Commerce


Certified to the Secretary of State March 17, 2020.



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