About CDBG - Mitigation (MIT) 

The City of San Marcos received more than $24 million from the Community Development Block Grant Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) federal program to fund mitigation projects designed to reduce the risk of impacts from future disasters.

Program Background

On February 9, 2018, the United States Congress approved Public Law 115-123, which directed the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to allocate more than $12 billion for mitigation activities proportional to the amounts that Community Development Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) grantees received for qualifying federally declared disasters in 2015, 2016, and 2017.

On August 30, 2019, 84 Federal Register 45838 was published, which allocated $6.875 billion in Community Development Block Grant Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) to grantees recovering from qualifying disasters in 2015, 2016, and 2017. This notice, and any subsequent notices, describes grant requirements and procedures applicable to CDBG- MIT funds only. CDBG-MIT is a new grant and the first appropriation of CDBG funds to be used specifically for mitigation activities. As part of this notice, HUD allocated $24,012,000 in CDBG-MIT funds to the City of San Marcos.

Funds for mitigation projects cannot be used for emergency response services. Projects  focus on local and regional mitigation priorities that will have long-lasting effects. The mitigation projects prioritize the needs of our community and will address ways to reduce the overall risk from future flood-related disaster events. 

CDBG-MIT Action Plan

HUD requires local grantees to develop an Action Plan provides a concise summary of the actions, activities, and the specific federal and non-federal resources that will be used each year to address the priority needs and specific goals consistent with the local Consolidated Plan.

Action Plan activities included initial community outreach in the fall of 2019 leading to a public hearing at City Council in December 2019. See presentation below.

Program Overview

CDBG MIT Action Plan Proposed Amendment No. 2

Substantial Amendment No. 2 to the CDBG-MIT Action Plan is now proposed as follows. All amounts are close approximations.

1) “Public Space Acquisition” is proposed to be designated as a Land Preservation project, with acquisition, demolition, relocation, and construction as possible activities. Funding for this project is proposed to be $1,749,600.

2) Staff will add details to project activity descriptions and update projected expenditure timeline.

3) Funding is proposed to be reallocated to the Blanco Gardens Drainage Improvements Project to add funding its construction as follows: $250,000 from Planning and $1,100,000 from Land Preservation.

4) Funding is proposed to be reallocated to the Blanco Riverine Flood Mitigation Project to add funding to its construction as follows: $1,500,000 from Planning.

The City Council of the City of San Marcos, Texas, will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, January 3, 2023 at 6:00 p.m. to accept citizen comments on the above proposed amendment to the Community Development Block Grant – Mitigation (CDBG-MIT) Action Plan.

Public Hearing To Be Held February 8, 2023

The Community Development Block Grant – Mitigation Advisory Committee will be holding a public hearing. For information on how to attend in person or virtually, please click here.

Furthermore, a public comment period will be held January 4 – February 19, 2023, prior to City Council’s voting on adoption of the amendment on February 21, 2023. 

To see the proposed amendments in the Action Plan, click here

 The CDBG-MIT Action Plan was adopted and published in April 2020  Click the image and links below 

CDBG-MIT Action Plan