FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Christie Administration Announces Post-Sandy Planning Grant for Perth Amboy

Grant Will Help Sandy-Impacted Local Government with Long-Term Recovery Planning



Trenton, NJ – In the Christie Administration’s ongoing effort to promote sound, sustainable long-term recovery from Superstorm Sandy, New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Richard E. Constable, III today announced the award of a Post-Sandy Planning Assistance Grant to a fourth Middlesex County municipality to develop long-range plans to become resilient in the event of future significant weather events.

The DCA committed $30,000 to Perth Amboy, which sustained significant damage both to its infrastructure and its tax base due to Superstorm Sandy. In its application, the municipality demonstrated how the grant will enable it to plan for greater community resiliency.

“This grant will enable Perth Amboy to develop a Strategic Recovery Planning Report to serve as the city’s primary guide for actions it takes moving forward to recover from Sandy and to reduce its vulnerability to future disasters,” said Commissioner Constable, whose Department is administering many of the Sandy Recovery programs for the state. “The grant will also assist the town in identifying ways to encourage sustainable economic growth.”

Grant money can be specifically put towards community development and neighborhood plans, development of design standards specific to flood hazard areas, and development of codes, ordinances, standards and regulations necessary to implementing plans for resiliency and mitigation.

To date, the DCA has received grant requests from local governments for $4.5 million of the $5 million program fund. The other Middlesex County municipalities awarded Post-Sandy Planning Assistance Grants are Edison Township, which was awarded a $30,000 grant in October, and Woodbridge and South River, which were awarded a $28,000 grant and a $10,000 grant respectively in December. 

The Post-Sandy Planning Assistance Grants are funded through Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery monies provided by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The $5 million program is available to each of the nine counties most impacted by Sandy as determined by HUD (Atlantic, Bergen, Cape May, Essex, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean and Union) and all of the municipalities within those counties that have experienced a ratable loss of at least 1% or $1 million due to the storm.

Applications for Post-Sandy Planning Assistance Grants are still being accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis by the DCA’s Office of Local Planning Services, which is administering the program, until all funds are exhausted.

For more information on Post-Sandy Planning Assistance Grants, go to http://www.nj.gov/dca/services/lps/pspag.html.