The Fairfax County Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on January 11 to hear citizens' views on how federal block grant funds for community development and housing needs should be spent in the county.
The county is currently preparing its application to HUD for block grant funds under Title I of the Housing and Community Development Acts of 1974 and 1977. Under the act, the funds must be used to benefit low and moderate income residents.
According to Deirdre Coyne, of the county department o f housing aand community development, the county expects to receive about $3.7 million in community development funds for fiscal 1979, the same amount received for fiscal 1978.
As part of the application process, the county is required to hold a series of hearings at which citizens can contribute their views about projects to be funded with the HUD grants, Coyne said.
In addition, the county is required to draw up a community development plan for fiscal years 1979 through 1981. The plan defines the county's long and short range objectives in a number of program areas and includes a housing assistance plan, which outlines the county's overall housing goals and objectives.
At the first public hearing, held by the county Re-development and Housing Authority on Nov. 17, citizens requested more than $5 million in projects, Coyne said. These requests were then sent to the Project Selection Committee , a panel - selected by the county board of supervisors - which includes representatives from low and moderate income communities in the county.
"The Project Selection Committee then honed down the $5 million in requests to abot $3.7 million," Coyne said.
The projects, which the committee felt should be included in the application, now will be reviewed by the planning commission and then sent to the board of supervisors for approval.
The major projects, which have been selected for funding by the committee, include:
Completion of the design of phase two of the Lincoln-Lewis-Vannoy waste disposal system (a limited capacity system for neighborhood use in lieu of a regualr sewer hook-up with the county system), $375,000.
A Woodley-Nightingale Redevelopment project involving a mobile home park along the Route 1 corridor, $256,000.
Completion of phase one of the construction on the Huntington storm drainage system, $250,000.
A home improvement and grant program ;$425,000), which provides low interest loans and [WORD ILLEGIBLE] low and moderate income families who need to [WORD ILLEGIBLE] repairs or additions to their homes. Residents of the neighborhoods of Huntington, Bailey's Crossroads and Lincoln-Lewis-Vannoy are eligible for funds under the grant.
A replacement housing program ($107,000, which helps pay the costs of finding new homes for those whose existing housing conditions are beyond repair. Residents of Bailey's and Lincoln-Lewis-Vannoy are eligible.
Administrative cost ($103,000) of the Saunders B. Moon Housing Corporation in connection with the completion of three housing projects in the county.
Other smaller projects include: completion of the the expansion of the Huntington Community Center, $115,000; a community park for Chapel Acres, $20,000; Williamstown storm water system, $50,000, and a park and recreational facilities near the publci housing projects in Reston, $30,000.
The public hearing before the planning commission will be held at 8:15 p.m. on Jan. 11 in the board room of the Massey Building, 4100 Chain Bridge Road, Fairfax. Citizens wishing to speak should call 691-2865.
A third public hearing is planned for Feb. 13 before the board of supervisors.