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H.R. 5471 - American Gateway Communities Economic Development and Conservation Act

Introduced: 2018-04-11
Bill Status: Referred to the House Committee on Natural Resources.
 
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115th CONGRESS
2d Session
H. R. 5471


    To direct the Secretary of the Interior to establish a Gateway Communities Improvement Program, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

April 11, 2018

    Mr. Cicilline (for himself and Mr. Poe of Texas) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on Natural Resources


A BILL

    To direct the Secretary of the Interior to establish a Gateway Communities Improvement Program, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “American Gateway Communities Economic Development and Conservation Act”.

SEC. 2. Gateway Communities Improvement Program.

(a) Establishment.—Not later than 90 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary of Interior shall establish an American Gateway Communities Economic Development and Conservation Program (in this section referred to as the “Program”) to assist covered entities to improve gateways to units of the National Park System.

(b) Grant authority.—In carrying out the Program, the Secretary may award a grant, on a competitive basis, to a covered entity.

(c) Applications.—To be eligible for a grant under the Program, a covered entity shall submit to the Secretary an application at such time, in such form, and containing such information as the Secretary may require. Applications should address the economic development benefits associated with the proposed activity.

(d) Grant uses.—Grant amounts awarded under the Program may be used to—

(1) facilitate a planning, study, or design component of an activity described in paragraphs (2), (3), (4), (5), or (6) in collaboration with local residents, businesses, elected officials, representatives of the unit of the National Park System nearby and other affected public agencies;

(2) prepare a general plan and visual design guidance that reflect the goals of the Gateway Community and are in harmony with the visual, historic and cultural character of the nearby unit of the National Park Service;

(3) carry out, with respect to a public space, a landscaping project that is consistent with local character and with the scenic, historic and cultural character of the nearby National Park System unit;

(4) provide wayfinding and interpretation markers to assist visitors to the relevant unit of the National Park System with orientation or interpretation, including but not limited to markers at key sites of scenic, historic, or cultural value, so long as all wayfinding markers have a non-intrusive design that keeps with the character of the gateway community and the unit of the National Park System;

(5) establish a scenic easement to protect a view of the relevant unit of the National Park System; and

(6) mitigation of visual blight including screening or removal of elements not in keeping with the desired visual, historic and cultural character of the Gateway Community and the unit of the National Park System.

(e) Federal Share.—The Federal share of the cost of an activity assisted with grant amounts awarded under the Program shall be not more than 50 percent.

(f) Authorization of appropriations.—There is authorized to be appropriated $2,000,000 to carry out the Program.

(g) Covered entity defined.—In this section, the term “covered entity” means a local government entity that serves an area located within 5 miles of a public entrance to a unit of the National Park System. The Secretary shall have the discretion of waiving the 5-mile limit in cases where compatibility between the visual, historic and cultural character of a gateway community beyond the 5-mile limit and the unit of the National Park System is significant to both as jointly attested to by the local government entity and the National Park Service.


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