RCRC members are encouraged to submit comments on regulatory matters to state and federal regulatory bodies, and to provide a copy to RCRC’s Government Affairs staff.  Click “Read More” to access information related to the current status of regulations impacting California’s rural counties.  

Proposed Changes to the CDBG Regulations: The proposed changes to current Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Regulations will include additional language to allow special allocations of funding for use in mitigating disasters and disaster recovery.  Agency: The Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) Status: The proposed language was released January 22, 2016, with public comment open until March 8, 2016.  A 15 day Notice of Modifications to the Proposed Regulations was released on March 23, 2016, with public comment open until April 7, 2016.  RCRC comments: RCRC’s comment letter can be accessed here.  A copy of the proposal and additional information can be accessed here.  RCRC Advocate: Mary Pitto mpitto@rcrcnet.org

Drought Mortality Amendments, 2015: Extends until December 2018 various exemptions to the forest practice rules allowing for the removal of dead, dying, and diseased trees due to the drought.  Agency: California Board of Forestry and Fire Protection Status: Draft released for public review, comments due by 5 p.m. on March 28, 2016.  Hearing set for April 6, 2016.  Proposed regulatory language and related documents can be accessed here.  RCRC Comments: RCRC’s comment letter can be accessed here.  RCRC Advocate: Staci Heaton sheaton@rcrcnet.org