One: Overview Briefly cover the IMPACT that the Clean Ohio Conservation program has had on a State-wide and a County-wide basisThe purpose and mission of the programProgram Requirements, including: projects and activities that are eligible; projects and activities that are ineligible; and eligible applicantsAnd Funding and match specificsTwo: We’ll be going over how the Clean Ohio Fund is implemented in District One by the NRAC Going over application specifics and how the projects are evaluated
One: Overview Briefly cover the IMPACT that the Clean Ohio Conservation program has had on a State-wide and a County-wide basisLOU The purpose and mission of the programProgram Requirements, including: projects and activities that are eligible; projects and activities that are ineligible; and eligible applicants
Lou – Overview of State Programthe numbers are impressive:From 2000- Present, Nearly 700 projects across the state have been fundedA little over 228 million dollars have been awarded58,000 acres of natural areas and greenspace have been acquired, protected or restored.
Lou – Overview of OPWC policiesBased on the previous rounds the Ohio Public Works Commission made the following policy changes for Round 7:-new application-Acquisition must be made within 12 months of project agreement-Certified appraisals by an ODOT prequalified appraiser-post acquisition activities have 2 years for completion unless otherwise arranged with OPWC
Lou – Overview of OPWC policiesBased on the previous rounds the Ohio Public Works Commission made the following policy changes for Round 7:Existing oil and gas leases, at the time the Natural Resources Assistance Council approves the project, will be treated as pre-existing easements which the applicant has no or little control over. Thus, these applications will be approved as submitted. Requests to engage in oil and gas leasing on Clean Ohio Properties that have been acquired along with the mineral rights will be denied.
In Cuyahoga County, from 2000-Present37 PROJECTS $52,661,287 $21,197,766 744 acres preserved Of the 72 projects that have been submitted, 37 of them have been funded—so half of those who have applied have received fundingRoughly 21 million dollars have been awarded744 acres of natural areas AND 12,000 lineal feet of riparian corridors have been acquired, protected or restored.
Acquisition of open space, we’ll get into later, but this includes many sorts of property acquisitions including fee simple, conservation easements, and other kinds of conservation encumbrances on the land.
Filtration purposed—this will be tale
Lou to Present OPWC Application specifics – slide 27
2012 Cuyahoga County Natural Resources Assistance Council Applicant Workshop
CUYAHOGA COUNTYNATURAL RESOURCESASSISTANCE COUNCIL CLEAN OHIO CONSERVATION APPLICANT WORKSHOP ROUND 7 September 18th, 2012 Canalway Visitor Center
AGENDA1. Overview of the Clean Conservation Ohio Program Statewide and District 1 Purpose Program Requirements2. The Cuyahoga County Conservation Program Natural Resources Assistance Council (NRAC) Applications Evaluation Methodology Round 7 Application Requirements3. Q.&A.
CLEAN OHIO The Clean Ohio Fund restores, protects, and connects Ohios important natural and urban places by preserving green space and farmland, developing state-wide recreational trails, and cleaning up brownfields to encourage redevelopment and revitalize communities. The Clean Ohio Green Space Conservation Program helps to fund preservation of open spaces, sensitive ecological areas, and
CLEAN OHIO CONSERVATION -StatewideFrom 2000-2009: 708Projects were funded $228.5 million have been awarded Area protected: 58,000 acres of natural areas and greenspace
CLEAN OHIO CONSERVATION –OPWC Policies for Round 7 Clean Ohio Conservation Program application has been revised Projects not scheduled for acquisition within 12 months from the date of the Project Agreement will be rejected by the Commission. Program Year 7 applications will be required to have a certified appraisal performed by an Ohio Department of Transportation Prequalified Appraiser All post acquisition activities must be concluded within a two-year period from the date of acquisition unless a formal extension has been approved by OPWC.
CLEAN OHIO CONSERVATION –OPWC Policies for Round 7OPWC POLICY REGARDING MINERAL RIGHTS: Existing oil and gas leases, at the time the Natural Resources Assistance Council approves the project, will be treated as pre-existing easements which the applicant has no or little control over. Thus, these applications will be approved as submitted. Requests to engage in oil and gas leasing on Clean Ohio Properties that have been acquired along with the mineral rights will be denied.
CLEAN OHIO CONSERVATION-Cuyahoga CountyFrom 2000- Present: 72 Projects were submitted 37 Projects have been funded $21 million have been awardedArea Protected: 744 acres of natural areas and greenspace 12,000 lineal feet of riparian corridors
PURPOSE Forested Bank on the Chagrin River A Unique Opportunity to Advance Conservation Preserve Open Space. Protect Riparian Corridors. Protect Rare, Threatened or Endangered Species. Support Open Space Planning. Preserve Wetlands and Other Scarce Natural Resources. Preserve Streamside Forests, Natural Stream Channels and Floodplains.
TYPES OF PROJECTS Mill Creek Area VistasOPEN SPACE Acquisition of open space Acquisition of land or rights in land for parks, forests, wetlands, natural areas that protect an endangered plant or animal population. Construction or enhancement of facilities to make the acquired open space accessible and useable by the general public. Acquisition of land to connect natural area corridors.
Category 3 Forested Wetland TYPES OF PROJECTSRIPARIAN Riparian Trail –Chagrin River ReservationCORRIDORS Fee simple acquisition of lands to provide access to riparian corridors or watersheds. Acquisition of easements for the purpose of protecting and enhancing riparian corridors or watersheds. Reforestation of land or the planting of vegetation for filtration purposes.
Mill Creek Conservation Project Before ELIGIBLE ACTIVITIES Cleanup Acquisition Expenses Fee simple purchases Easement purchases Planning and Implementation Mill Creek Conservation Project Today Appraisal Closing costs Title search Environmental assessments Design Construction or Enhancement of Facilities i.e. internal low-impact trails, boardwalks, lookouts, benches, small parking areas for access
INELIGIBLE PROJECTS AND ACTIVITIES Acquisition of land for activities other than preservation and conservation. Water management activities Flood control projects (dams, dredging, etc.). Projects that accelerate untreated water runoff. Stormwater management is the primary purpose. Plan preparation. See OPWC Application Instructions for more on Eligible vs. Ineligible project
ELIGIBLE APPLICANTSLocal Subdivisions Special Districts Counties Conservancy Districts Cities Soil and Water Conservation Villages Districts Township Joint Recreation Districts Park District/Authority Non-Profit CorporationsExempt from federal income taxation.Has conservation activities as a primary part of its mission.
ROUND 7 FUNDING Funds Available. Round 7 Allocation - $3,206,116 Available balance - $ 606,210 Total $3,812,326 Awards – grants only. Maximum grant award – 75% of Total Project Cost. 25% Local Match Required. No limit to the amount requested.
LOCAL MATCH Can be: funds Contributions of money by any person, local political subdivision or the federal government. Contributions in-kind through the purchase or donation of equipment, land, easements, interest in land, labor and materials necessary to complete the project. Market value of property.
CONSERVATION PROGRAMIMPLEMENTATION OPWC• Oversees “Issue 1” and Clean DOPWIOhio Conservation Program. C• Approves methodologies of • Appoints NRAC members. NRACNRACs• Gives final approval of • Implements Clean Ohio recommended projects.• Oversees implementation of Conservation Program in Cuyahoga County.projects. • Develops project selection and evaluation methodology. • Selects projects for funding and makes recommendations to OPWC.
CUYAHOGA COUNTY CONSERVATION PROGRAMHemlock Ravine Slopes Solomon’s Seal at Beecher’s Brook wildflower at Beecher’s Brook
NATURAL RESOURCES ASSISTANCE COUNCIL (NRAC) Eleven members appointed by DOPWIC. 1 member from DOPWIC 1 member from Cuyahoga County Soil and Water Conservation District 9 members to represent 5 categories: 2 - Government 3 - Environment 2 - Park Systems 1 - Agricultural 1- Business, Realtors or Planning
CUYAHOGA COUNTY NRAC MEMBERSHIPMember RepresentingDAVID BEACH EnvironmentDirector, GreenCityBlueLake InstituteKYLE DREYFUSS WELLS, SECRETARY EnvironmentEnvironmental Manager, Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer DistrictCARRIE HANSEN Park SystemManager, Research and Planning City of Cleveland, Mayor’s Office ofCapital ProjectsDOROTHY HAZEL Soil and Water Conservation DistrictBoard Member, Cuyahoga Soil and Water Conservation DistrictHONORABLE SUSAN RENDA, CHAIR District One Public Works Integrating CommitteeMayor, Village of Moreland Hills (DOPWIC)NATALIE RONAYNE, VICE CHAIR EnvironmentExecutive Director, Cleveland Botanical GardenJENNIFER SCOFIELD GovernmentCuyahoga County Stat Coordinator, Office of County Executive EdwardFitzGeraldCAROL THALER AgricultureRepresentative, Western Reserve Resource, Conservation & DevelopmentDistrictCHRISTOPHER URBAN Business, Realtors, PlanningManager of Physical Development, Greater Cleveland PartnershipHONORABLE RANDALL WESTFALL GovernmentMayor, Village of Valley ViewBRIAN ZIMMERMAN Park System
OPEN SPACE IN CUYAHOGACOUNTY Largest and most urbanized of Ohio’s counties. 90% of land is developed and only 10% is designated open space. Existing open space areas. Fragmented Existing Open Spaces Not always accessible to the public Some are degraded/ destroyed by pollution and mismanagement Others abandoned due to poor planning and outmigration
DISTRICT ONE NRAC PRINCIPLESTo ensure that projects are visible, accessible andinstructional, the NRAC has 5 guiding principles: 1. Preserve natural areas or open space. 2. Restore landscapes that have been degraded or destroyed. 3. Enhance the quality of natural areas or open space. 4. Link natural areas to each other or to county cultural and civic heritage areas. 5. Provide public access to natural areas and/or county cultural and civic heritage areas.
RESTORATION ACTIVITIES Restoration MUST be accompanied by acquisition of land for protection Restoration activities MUST be included in the project budget to be eligible for restoration points. Examples of restoration components: Returning the open space to a natural state; Ensuring the integrity and sustainability of the species (flora/fauna) are both native and resilient; Integrate the community’s cultural heritage; and Provide opportunities for cultural and ecological relationships.
APPLICATION MATERIALS1. OPWC Clean Ohio Conservation Application OPWC website: http://www.pwc.state.oh.us/GSCApplication.html2. NRAC Application Supplement Cuyahoga County Planning Commission website: http://planning.co.cuyahoga.oh.us/nrac/ Available as a PDF and Word document3. Attachments: Maps, pictures, applicable pages or sections of master plans or other reports, any other backup documentation.4. Resolution(s) of Support: A project will need a resolution of support from the appropriate political subdivision(s) (Cuyahoga County, municipalities, townships) as determined by the Ohio Revised Code, section 164.23A Glossary of Terms is also available.
APPLICATION SUBMITTAL to NRAC 1 original (single-sided) and 11 Must submit copies. Copies to be submitted: 10 Hard copies – double sided; 11 point. 1 Digitally on compact disc. A certified appraisal Property Valuation as determined by Cuyahoga County Fiscal Office http://fiscalofficer.cuyahogacounty.us/en- US/REPI.aspx Materials must be typed using at least an 11 font. All copies should be bound on the left-hand side.
APPRAISAL REQUIREMENTS A certified appraisal must be included. Appraisals must be done by an Ohio Department of Transportation Prequalified Appraiser, who is credentialed in value analysis. http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/Engineer ing/RealEstate/Pages/LPA.aspx http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/Engineer ing/Consultant/Consultant/prequal-row.pdf The project will not be evaluated if the appraisal is not attached.
APPLICATION SPECIFICSNRAC APPLICATION SUPPLEMENT Relates directly to the NRAC Evaluation Methodology. Used along with the OPWC Application to review projects. Applicant responsible in making sure all documents are complete and accurate.
PROJECT EVALUATIONThe Evaluation Process is divided into three majorcomponents: Phase 1: Preliminary Project Evaluation Phase 2: Preliminary Project Scoring (includes Applicant Interviews) and Public Meeting Phase 3: Final Project Scoring and Recommendations to OPWC
PROJECT EVALUATIONThe NRAC Application Supplement has six major sectionsthat are scored: Section One: Project Emphasis Section Two: Project Description Section Three: County Principles Section Four: Project Benefits Section Five: Needs Of The District Section Six: Other Relevant Factors
Section 1. PROJECT EMPHASISPage 2: Based on the factors stated in authorizing legislation Indicate each factor that will be achieved by the project Check as many as apply in one category EXAMPLE: Open space project will acquire property identified in the city’s open space plan and will preserve a high quality wetland that will be used by the city’s school district as a hands-on science laboratory. NO POINTS AWARDED
Section 2. PROJECTDESCRIPTIONPage 3: Project Name Type of Project Acquisition of land Acquisition of land/facilities for accessibility Riparian Corridor restoration Appraisal or Conservation Value Provide no more than a three-page project description that includes a map showing the project location(s) and the local setting. NO POINTS AWARDED
Section 2. PROJECTDESCRIPTION (cont).Types of Acquisition: Project site must be secured in perpetuity. Land Securement Tools - Fee simple: Absolute title to the land, free of any conditions, easements, limitations, encumbrances, or other claims against the title such that a property owner can sell the property or leave it to another by will or inheritance. Conservation Easement: a right or interest in land that is held for the public purpose of retaining land, water, or wetland areas predominantly in their natural, scenic, open, or wooded condition. Recorded as a deed restriction.
Section 2. PROJECT DESCRIPTION (cont). Map Example: Abram Creek Wetland Protection AreaIdentify: Project site Property lines Community boundaries Surrounding areas Local roads, major buildings or institutions
Section 3. COUNTYPRINCIPLESPage 4: Foundation of the NRAC methodology. •Preserve •Enhance •Provide •Restore •Link Identify the principle(s) that will be advanced by the project. Describe how the project will achieve the identified principles. MAXIMUM POINTS - 10 POINTS PER PRINCIPLE
Section 4. PROJECT BENEFITSPage 5: ECONOMIC BENEFITSExplain the economic benefits that apply: Improving a community’s image Increasing the value of surrounding property Adding amenities that retain and attract businesses and property owners Reducing blighted images Decreasing the cost of municipal services MAXIMUM POINTS - 10
Section 4. PROJECT BENEFITS (cont.)Page 5: SOCIAL BENEFITSExplain the individual and community benefits thatapply: Protecting and improving human health Creating educational opportunities Providing for communal activities and social interaction Creating exercise opportunities Enhancing the cultural and civic assets of an area Maintaining the history and heritage of an area Providing psychological benefits MAXIMUM POINTS - 10
Section 4. PROJECT BENEFITS (cont.)Page 5: ENVIRONMENTAL BENEFITS Explain the ecological benefits of acquiring, conserving or restoring the project: Improving biodiversity and protecting plants and animals Creating wildlife habitats Removing invasive species Conserving energy and reducing “heat island” effects Cleaning urban water, land and air Reducing stormwater runoff and improving water infiltration and sequestration MAXIMUM POINTS - 10
Section 5. NEEDS OF THE DISTRICTPage 6:Will the Project… Advance a Concept from an Adopted Plan? Be of Regional or County Significance? Retain Parts of the County’s Natural Heritage? Provide Openspace to Areas that Lack Access? Provide Openspace to Low-Income Minority Neighborhoods? MAXIMUM POINTS - 10
Section 6. OTHER RELEVANT FACTORSPage 7: Other Project Funding: Each project requires a minimum 25% local match Points awarded based on percentage of local match – the higher the local match the higher the points. MAXIMUM POINTS - 10 Level of Coordination: Project is coordinated with another NRAC project. Another community, federal/state agency, community or conservation organization, or a business group. MAXIMUM POINTS - 10
Section 6. OTHER PROJECT FACTORSPage 7: Readiness to Proceed: Project will be ready-to-go within 6 months or 1 year. MAXIMUM POINTS - 10 Immediacy: Project requires immediate action or the conservation opportunity will be lost. 10 BONUS POINTS
Section 6. OTHER PROJECT FACTORSPage 7: Property Rights: Mineral rights are emerging as a major influence on property values. Explain what property rights will be conveyed by the terms of purchase of land or conservation easement, specifically in regards to mineral and extraction rights. NO POINTS -
New for Round 7: Application Format Appraisals ODOT Pre-approved County Auditor’s Valuation Restoration Points Property Rights Disclosure Scoring Review Meeting
NRAC EVALUATION POINTS MAXIMUM MAXIMUM WEIGHT CRITERIA POINTS FACTOR WEIGHTED % POINTSBenefits Economic 10 1 10 4.0 Social 10 2 20 8.0 Environmental 10 3 30 12.0Benefits Subtotal 30 60 24.0Needs of the District 10 3 30 12.0
NRAC EVALUATION POINTS MAXIMUM MAXIMUM WEIGHT CRITERIA POINTS FACTOR WEIGHTED % POINTSOther Relevant Factors Other Project Funding 10 1 10 4.0 Level of Coordination 10 1 10 4.0 Readiness to Proceed 10 1 10 4.0 Immediacy (bonus) 10 1 10 4.0Property Rights 0 0 0 0Other Subtotal 40 40 16.0TOTAL* 130 250 100*PROJECTS MUST RECEIVE A SCORE OF AT LEAST 60% or 150WEIGHTED POINTS OF THE TOTAL POINTS AVAILABLE TO BE
ROUND 7APPLICATION REQUIREMENTS APPLICATION DUE DATE:To be considered for financial assistance, application must be received by: 4:30 P.M. FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2012 at at theCuyahoga County Planning Commission 323 Lakeside Avenue, Suite 400 Cleveland, OH 44113 (216) 443-3700 (216) 443-3737 (FAX)
ROUND 7 SCHEDULEACTIVITY DATEApplicant Workshop Tuesday, September 18, 2012Applications Due to NRAC Friday, October 26,2012Project Evaluation October 29 –December 12, 2012NRAC Applicant Interviews Thursday, November15, 2012NRAC Scoring Meeting Wednesday, December 5,2012NRAC Project Selection Wednesday, December 19,2012Proposal Submitted to OPWC Wednesday, DATES ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGEDecember 20, 2012
CONTACT INFORMATION Clean Ohio Conservation Program contact: Lou Mascari, Program Representative Ohio Public Works Commission (614) 752-8117 email@example.comCuyahoga County Natural Resources Assistance Council contact: Alison Ball or Meghan Chaney Cuyahoga County Planning Commission (216) 443-3700 firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com