Improving the quality of life in low to moderate-income residents and neighborhoods is very important to the City of Baytown. See this section to learn more about the variety of services that are offered, funding information such as the Community Development Block Grant, and more.
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On August 14, 2014, the Baytown City Council affirmatively voted to put in place the Baytown Revitalization Incentive Zone (RIZ). This program will provide permit fee waivers, impact fee waivers and tax refunds for qualifying construction projects. The goal of the RIZ is to promote economic development, increase the rehabilitation of affordable housing and increase property values. The zone is located in the South-Central portion of Baytown. The zone is located in the South-Central portion of Baytown, as noted on the map found here.
The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) allocates the City of Baytown an annual entitlement of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to provide decent housing, a suitable living environment and expansion of economic opportunities, principally for low and moderate-income citizens. To receive the funds and to comply with the Consolidated Planning Regulations, the City of Baytown has prepared this Annual Action Plan for the use of CDBG funds for October 1, 2014 to September 30, 2015. The 2014 allocation is $682,812, an increase from last year’s allocation of $660,650. CDBG funding in this Action Plan includes $25,000 in unexpended funds from previous program allotments plus $10,000 in projected program income from repayment of demolition, homebuyers’ and housing rehabilitation property liens. The total amount available in the Action Plan for program year 2014 is $717,812.
The Community Development Division hosted the second annual Baytown Better Homes housing expo on July 26, 2014 at the Baytown Community Center, 2407 Market Street. Visitors had the opportunity to learn how to make simple improvements around the house that will have a positive effect on the environment, their health, and their wallets. Local businesses and agencies from the Baytown area presented the most up-to-date and beneficial information about the current housing market. The event was free to the public and included FREE CREDIT REPORTS, FREE FOOD, DOOR PRIZES, and EVENTS FOR THE KIDS including inflatables and activity stations.
Thank you to all of our vendors, staff and volunteers who helped make this year a success!
The City of Baytown Community Development Division hosted a Neighborhood Cleanup Day for the residents of the Pringle Addition on April 5th, 2014 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. City staff is very thankful for all of the residents and volunteers who were involved in the cleanup efforts! Para obtener mas informacion sobre la dia de limpieza de vecindario, imprima aqui.
The United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires communities receiving Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to comply with Consolidated Planning Regulations. As such, the City of Baytown has prepared a Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER) for the use of CDBG funds from October 1, 2012 to September 30, 2013. Click here to view the 2012-2013 CAPER.
Please use this guide to assist you with the Downtown Façade Improvement Grant process.
The Community Development Division is also responsible for periodically performing an analysis of impediments to fair housing choices in and for administering the Fair Housing Plan.