Lawrence, Butler counties receive state grants
The Department of Community and Economic Development has awarded Municipal Assistance Grants to Lawrence and Butler counties to update their comprehensive plans, according to Senator Elder Vogel.
Lawrence County was awarded $47,000 to address new and growing issues not covered under its current comprehensive plan. These issues include natural gas development, neighborhood blight, community revitalization and redevelopment, transportation corridors (walkways, bikeways and trails) and green infrastructure.
The updated comprehensive plan will address the county’s business and real estate climate, economic and development potential, and the fiscal impact of current and potential development.
Butler County was awarded $14,000 for an update that will be limited in nature and will focus on action plans for limited county resources (like CDBG funding) and address opportunities and impacts to the county due to natural gas development.
The Municipal Assistance Program provides funding to assist local governments plan for and efficiently implement a variety of services and improvements, and soundly manage development with an emphasis on intergovernmental approaches.