There has been much speculation as to why the mayor and city council of Cedar Hill were so bent on having 300 apartments at Straus Road and FM 1382. The content below is more than speculation.
The city of Cedar Hill is not growing at a very rapid rate with conventional single family dwellings. So how is one going to get to the federal funds trough for transit oriented development? Apartments accelerate population growth?
The city is within 1500, maybe less now, of meeting the 50,000 population magic number identified on page 40 and 41 of the City Center Plan document at
which is Chapter 7 – Appendix E-Circulator of the City Center Development Plan found at http://www.cedarhilltx.com/2040/City-Center-Plan.
“6.0 Identification of Funding Sources and Opportunities
6.1 Federal Funding Sources”
“FTA Section 5307: Urbanized Area Formula Program The FTA’s Section 5307 Urbanized Area Formula program provides funding on an annual basis to urbanized areas (UZAs) over 50,000 in population for public transit capital, planning, job access and reverse commute (which is focused on providing service to low income individuals to access jobs), as well as operating assistance in certain circumstances.6 As the proposed circulator is located within Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington UZA, Section 5307 may be applicable to this project (see Figures 13 and 14). Formula funding potential should be discussed with the NCTCOG. “
“The federal share for planning and capital assistance projects is generally 80% of the net project cost. Net project cost is that portion of the cost of a project that cannot be reasonably financed from revenues. There are some exceptions to the 80% federal share for capital projects. For example, an 85% federal share is allowed for the cost of vehicles to comply with the ADA or the Clean Air Act, and a 90% federal share is allowed for the cost of vehicle-related equipment and facilities to comply with the ADA or the Clean Air Act.”
“Some operational expenses, such as preventive maintenance and the provision of ADA non-fixed route paratransit transportation are also funded at 80% federal share. There is very limited federal support for transit operation under MAP 21. When available, the federal share of operations costs is 50%.”
The above link referenced in the Connetics document no longer exists but one can be certain the city of Cedar Hill has found the new one and where the money spigot is. Here is one place:
And another is found here:
Here it states: “An urbanized area is an incorporated area with a population of 50,000 or more that is designated as such by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census.”
Did you know that the city of Cedar Hill is officially urbanized when the city reaches 50,000 population?
So, the city can jump start transit oriented development (TOD) with more apartments. Quite a way, at private property owner’s expense in property values and quality of life, to get federal dollars by connecting to the federal funding trough.