Summit's Planning department assisted the County in the development of a Disaster Mitigation Recovery Plan. The firm worked with community stakeholders and the County to identify major obstacles and opportunities and to develop strategies and goals for flood recovery. All work products were considered in relation to the availability of state and federal funds. A recovery program was developed that included flood relief/mitigation, housing, recreation, and conservation. Since 2005, the plan has used both Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) grant funds and Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds to assist in the construction of new homes as well as the elevation of over 100 homes out of the floodway.
Summit's Planning department was contracted to research and compile an Economic Restructuring Plan and compile and submit an application for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds for downtown revitalization. The Town was awarded $700,000 in CDBG funds in 2016 and the firm has provided project management assistance to the Town during the implementation of the project. Utilizing both Town and CDBG funds, two buildings were removed to make room for the construction of a market pavilion that can be used year-round, a town green, a performance pavilion, and a creekside trail connecting the public space to nearby parking.
The Kersey Bottom / Case Knife Road Neighborhood Revitalization Project was designed to address unmet needs of low to moderate income families with housing rehabilitation and infrastructure improvements in the Town’s southwest corner following completion of the Tornado Recovery Projects. The proposed improvement plan focused on the rehabilitation of houses in conjunction with water, stormwater drainage, and street improvements. Abandoned properties were targeted for acquisition, demolition, construction of new infill housing, and home ownership creation to preserve the neighborhood.