Thursday, March 09, 2006
Environment/Econ. Dev. - State's Pilot Shovel-Ready Program now in place
According to the new program's page on the Indiana Finance Authority website:
The Pilot Shovel Ready Program is a new state program created to help communities certify sites as "ready for development." Shovel Ready is designed to ultimately help companies locate and develop a property site quickly. This provides a competitive advantage for Indiana and gets Hoosier jobs here faster. The Goals of the Pilot Shovel Ready Program are to:The Draft Pilot Shovel Ready Guidelines, available here, include these minimum standards:
For the Pilot Shovel Ready program, eligible expenses may qualify for up to a $10,000 grant if Shovel Ready Certification is awarded. Applications will be due by 5pm on Monday, May 15th.
- Help local communities prepare sites ready for development by pre-permitting a site as much as possible
- Certify sites to help companies more easily navigate the selection and permitting process
- Generate a list of remaining permits necessary for a specific site
- Help fast track the remaining state, federal and local business/industry specific permits
Executive-Level Community Support (Mayor, County Commissioner, Town Council President)
Ownership of property clearly identified. Property should be owned or optioned by local economic development organization, local unit of government, developer, end user or utility.
Infrastructure in place - Infrastructure includes: roads, electric, gas, high speed communications, wastewater treatment and public water supply, air, rail, highway access (an appropriate capacity for each identified item will be determined)
Wetlands survey complete (IDEM - State, Army Corps – Federal)
Identify water bodies and receiving streams associated with the site
Topography maps associated with site is supplied
Environmental assessment of property complete through appropriate Phase I, and if indicated, a Phase II evaluation
Remediated sites with an appropriate liability protection documented
Obtain necessary approval from Fire Marshall on condition of site
Document commitments from local government to “fast track” remaining permits Use permits, variances, and approval of development plans
Expedite scheduling of public hearings
Local building inspections or construction permits when a specific business has been identified.
Curb cut permits; access plans, Right Of Way dedication, traffic study requirement
Local zoning is consistent with proposed use of shovel ready site