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Sullivan County launches 2019 community development programs

MONTICELLO – Sullivan County Government has made $350,000 available for municipalities, non-profit agencies, and community organizations through renewal of four incentive programs.

The Plans and Progress Program is meant to assist local municipalities, community groups and organizations in the county with projects related to tourism, community and economic development, image enhancement, trails development, health improvement, agricultural and family protection and other county goals.

The Sullivan Signs Program assists municipalities to enhance the county’s image, identity, and sense of place, and improve visitor experiences, through upgrades and additions to welcome signs, pole or street light banners, historical markers, wayfinding and other types of signage.

The Remove Unsafe Structures Program aimed to clean up unsafe structures primarily in the county’s urban centers and community gateways. A total of $200,000 has been made available to reimburse tipping fees and disposal costs for municipalities that are demolishing vacant or abandoned building.

The Business-Friendly Zoning and Permitting Program aims to incentivize changes to local zoning codes and development review procedures in order to increase the efficiency and lower the expense of obtaining permits for new economic development, and to remove barriers to small business development and expansion posed by cumbersome, unclear, and costly regulations and processes.

Funding is available to support the costs of attorneys, planners and other professionals, permit-tracking technology and related expenses.

The programs are administered by the Division of Planning and Community Development. Applications must be received before 4 p.m. on March 8.

 


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