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TITLE 31NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION
PART 2TEXAS PARKS AND WILDLIFE DEPARTMENT
CHAPTER 61DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION
SUBCHAPTER EGUIDELINES FOR ADMINISTRATION OF TEXAS LOCAL PARKS, RECREATION, AND OPEN SPACE FUND PROGRAM
RULE §61.134Grants for Indoor Recreation Programs

(a) Program purpose and priorities. All grant applications submitted to the department for indoor recreation programs are evaluated for program eligibility and prioritized according to the Project Priority Scoring System set forth in this section. Scored applications are presented to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission for approval. The priority ranking of a project depends on its score in relation to the scores of other projects under consideration. Funding of projects will depend on the availability of TRPA funds. Projects which have not been approved after two considerations by the commission, without alterations to significantly raise the project score, shall be returned to the applicant and not accepted for resubmission. In general, recommended priorities for indoor recreation projects are:

  (1) to ensure applicant performance on active grants and compliance at previously assisted grant sites;

  (2) to recognize and reward local planning;

  (3) to provide indoor recreational diversity;

  (4) to improve geographic distribution of indoor recreation facilities;

  (5) to reward local resources and cooperative efforts between project applicants and other entities;

  (6) to provide for the renovation or adaptive reuse of existing, obsolete indoor recreation or other facilities or structures;

  (7) to improve indoor recreation opportunities for an underserved population according to the most recent federal census;

  (8) to promote sustainable park design and development; and

  (9) to support the department's Land and Water Resources Conservation and Recreation Plan.

(b) Local master plan standard requirements. Minimum master plan standards must be met to qualify for planning and priority points. Local applicants may submit applications without having a department-endorsed master plan; however, only those applicants that have a department-endorsed park, recreation and open space master plan will receive points for completing a local plan. In addition, only proposals that address priority needs identified in endorsed plans will receive priority points under the provisions of subsection (c) of this section. Master plans must have been received in an approvable format at least 60 days prior to the application submission deadline at which time credit is sought. The following are minimum master plan standards:

  (1) Proof of adoption. The plan must be formally adopted or otherwise endorsed by act or resolution of the applicable governing body of the applicant, and the endorsement must be included with the document.

  (2) Jurisdiction-wide scope. The plan must be complete, comprehensive, and assess the entire jurisdiction area of the project applicant. County plans must cover the entire county, and city or district plans must cover the entire city or district. For large urban areas, plans should cover the entire jurisdiction, and then break the jurisdiction down into regions, sectors, precincts, districts, etc., as appropriate. Master plans that contemplate service delivery across more than one jurisdiction may be submitted by a local applicant, with any necessary supplemental information, provided the plan has been formally adopted or otherwise endorsed by act or resolution of the applicable governing body of the applicant.

  (3) Plan duration. Plans must specifically identify the time period within which the goals and objectives of the plan are to be carried out. The plan should cover a minimum ten-year period. If a plan is more than five years old, a brief summary of plan accomplishments to date, as well as applicable updates of demographics, goals and objectives, standards, and maps must be provided to enable the department to recognize and credit program progress. Any revision of priorities other than an update of accomplishments must present a new priority listing justified by additional public input. Plans older than 10 years will be considered obsolete and new plans will be required.

  (4) Plan content. The following information should be included in the document:

    (A) introduction;

    (B) goals and objectives;

    (C) plan development process (discuss when the planning process began, plan phases, public input received, survey/studies conducted, committees and/or personnel involved, etc.);

    (D) area/facility concepts and standards, including:

      (i) population/area service and acreage goals;

      (ii) "typical" park and facility standards; and

      (iii) applicable local codes, ordinances, and other requirements for community or neighborhood development;

    (E) inventory of existing park, recreation and open space areas and facilities (including schools);

    (F) needs assessment and identification. Information under this subparagraph shall be area/facility specific, and may include basic support facilities/infrastructure which are critical to the recreational experience. A discussion and identification of open space needs in the master plan, or a separate open space plan, shall be included.

    (G) prioritization of needs. Applicant shall include:

      (i) separate priority lists for outdoor and indoor needs;

      (ii) if necessary, a map of all specific area(s) intended for open space acquisition and preservation, identified as a need, discussed, and prioritized, if desired;

      (iii) where appropriate, a discussion of renovation/redevelopment needs, which may be ranked as a priority; and

      (iv) plan implementation recommendations, including a timeline and discussion of resources for meeting priorities (must identify and prioritize which needs are to be met, where and when). Any revision of priorities other than an update of accomplishments must present a new priority listing justified by additional public input.

    (H) illustrations, maps, charts, surveys, etc.

(c) Indoor recreation project priority scoring system. If the applicant is in full compliance at previously assisted grant project sites and is progressing on schedule with all active grant projects in accordance with the provisions of this subchapter, an application will be scored and presented for award consideration. If the applicant does not meet the requirements of this paragraph, the application will not be scored or considered further. A project proposal meeting the requirements of this paragraph shall be evaluated according to:

  (1) whether or not the applicant has a current department-endorsed master plan on file at the time of application and the extent to which the project will satisfy the priority indoor recreation needs identified in the master plan required by this section, up to a total of 15 points.

    (A) for having a current department-endorsed master plan on file at the time of application submission 5 points;

    (B) for satisfying 3 of the top 5 priority needs 10 points; and

    (C) for satisfying 2 of the top 5 priority needs 6 points.

  (2) the extent to which the project will provide diversity of public indoor recreation facilities or opportunities. Points shall be awarded based on the number of indoor recreation facilities provided. One point will be awarded for each type of recreation facility, up to a maximum of 10 points, provided that each recreation element is identified as a need in a locally adopted master plan or, if the applicant does not have an adopted plan, by a documented public input process. The department will not consider project elements that do not support a recreational activity.

  (3) the extent to which the project will improve geographic distribution of public indoor recreation facilities. Maximum of 20 points.

    (A) project provides the first public indoor recreation facility in the applicant's jurisdiction or intended service area: 20 points; or

    (B) project provides significantly new and different public indoor recreation facilities (other than school facilities) in the applicant's jurisdiction or intended service area, based on 5 points per opportunity, provided the individual recreation elements are identified as a need in a locally adopted master plan or, if the applicant does not have an adopted plan, by a documented public input process. Maximum of 15 points.

  (4) the extent to which the project involves local resources or documented cooperation between the applicant and other public or private entities to provide public indoor recreation facilities at the project site. Maximum of 20 points.

    (A) project involves the contribution of resources, including publicly owned non-parkland, from sources other than the applicant, which serves as all or part of the applicant's matching share of funds. Maximum of 15 points. Points shall be awarded on a percentage basis, determined by dividing the total outside contribution value by the total match and multiplying the result by 15.

    (B) project includes documented contributions via the applicant or outside resources above the 50% required match. Up to five points will be awarded based on the following criteria: (Additional Contribution Amount / Required Match) x 5.

  (5) the extent to which the project provides for the renovation or adaptive reuse of an existing facility, determined by dividing the renovation cost by the total construction cost and multiplying the result by 25. Maximum of 25 points.

  (6) the extent to which the project improves public indoor recreation opportunities for an underserved population, up to a total of 12 points.

    (A) project improves opportunities for low-income citizens: determined by multiplying the percentage of population qualifying as low-income by 5 and dividing by 100. Maximum of 5 points.

    (B) project improves opportunities for minority citizens: determined by multiplying the percentage of population qualifying as minority by 5 and dividing by 100. Maximum of 5 points.

    (C) project improves opportunities for the physically/mentally challenged. Project provides park and recreation opportunities for physically/mentally challenged citizens, which exceed the federal and state required accessibility standards. 2 points.

  (7) the extent to which the project promotes sustainable park design and development Points shall be awarded based on how the overall project embraces sustainable techniques in the design and construction of the facility including but not limited to the diversity, innovative nature and/or cost of the project elements, up to a maximum of 10 points.

  (8) the extent to which the project supports the department's Land and Water Resources Conservation and Recreation Plan (Plan). Applicant must address how the project meets the goals of the Plan in the proposal narrative. Up to a maximum of 5 points.

  (9) applicant is in compliance with previously funded projects. If applicant is not in compliance with existing grant obligations, 5 points will be deducted from the project score.

  (10) a complete application was received by the application deadline - 5 points will be awarded to the project score.


Source Note: The provisions of this §61.134 adopted to be effective August 31, 2000, 25 TexReg 8409; amended to be effective May 1, 2005, 30 TexReg 2556; amended to be effective July 3, 2008, 33 TexReg 5012; amended to be effective February 2, 2009, 34 TexReg 666; amended to be effective July 15, 2014, 39 TexReg 5407

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