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HUD/CPD RIN: 2506-AC41 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Modernizing HUD's Consolidated Planning Process to Narrow the Digital Divide and Increase Disaster Resilence (FR-5891)  

HUD’s Consolidated Plan is a planning mechanism designed to help States and local governments to assess their affordable housing and community development needs and to make data-driven, place-based investment decisions. The consolidated planning process serves as the framework for a community-wide dialogue to identify housing and community development priorities that align and focus funding from HUD’s formula block grant programs. This rule amends HUD’s Consolidated Plan regulations to require that jurisdictions consider two additional concepts in their planning efforts.

 The first concept is how to address the need of broadband access for low-income residents in the communities they serve. Broadband is the common term used to refer to a very fast connection to the Internet. Such connection is also referred to as high-speed broadband or high-speed Internet. Specifically, the rule requires that States and localities that submit a consolidated plan describe the broadband needs of housing occupied by low- and moderate-income households. If low-income residents in the communities do not have such access, States and jurisdictions must consider providing broadband access to these residents in their decisions on how to invest HUD funds. The second concept to be added to the Consolidated Plan process requires jurisdictions to consider incorporating disaster resilience and climate change needs into development of the Plan in order to begin addressing impacts of climate change on low-and moderate-income residents.

Agency: Department of Housing and Urban Development(HUD)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 24 CFR 91   
Legal Authority: 42 U.S.C. 3535(d)    42 U.S.C. 3601 to 3619    42 U.S.C. 5301 to 5315    42 U.S.C. 11331 to 11388    42 U.S.C.12701 to 12711    42 U.S.C.12741 to 12756    42 U.S.C. 12901 to 12912   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  05/18/2016  81 FR 31181   
NPRM Comment Period End  07/18/2016 
Final Action  01/00/2017 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Governmental Jurisdictions  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Stanley Gimont
Director, Office of Block Grant Assistance, Office of Community Planning and Development
Department of Housing and Urban Development
Office of the Secretary
451 Seventh Street SW., Room 7286,
Washington, DC 20410
Phone:202 708-3587