National Disaster Resilience Program
Souris River Decision Support Tool:
A data-driven tool for evaluating flood risk reduction and water management strategies, especially one that produces information that can be shared with regional partners, will facilitate this collaboration and evaluation of options. The decision support tool will build on existing river models and data to create a comprehensive, basin-wide model of the rivers hydrology, and will enable Minot to develop and test initiatives across the entire river basin to understand their cumulative effect, educate the public, and prioritize initiatives for funding.
Ecological Restoration Manual:
The Ecological Restoration Guidance Manual for Flood Storage will include guidance that covers activities from evaluation of the parcels to potential development of parcels for use as wildlife habitat areas, trail areas, habitat restoration areas, and areas where outdoor environmental education activities may be suitable. The manual will combine flood storage and water management strategies as well as non-structural solutions like buyouts with the long-term flood protection system, to create a layered approach to flood risk reduction. The Ecological Restoration Manual is being created to help provide guidance to the City of Minot on the activities that will help to restore the buyout areas for greenspace and natural habitats.
Affordable Housing Neighborhood Master Plan:
The Affordable Housing Neighborhood Master Plan evaluates the requirements necessary to acquire and develop new resilient neighborhoods and develop well-designed, energy efficient affordable housing. These new neighborhoods will provide the quality community characteristics the people discussed in advisory committee meetings, public meetings and design charrettes. These characteristics include mixed housing densities; quality and affordable designs; walkability; access to transit, jobs, and services; shared green open space; and mature trees and quality landscaping in common areas. The neighborhoods and homes will be designed for Minot's climate and will meet HUDs Green Building Standards for Replacement and New Construction of Residential Housing, and ENERGY STAR certifications.
Vulnerable Populations Master Plan:
The Vulnerable Populations Action Plan will identify and address specific needs and assistance that members of vulnerable populations in Minot may have as well as needs that may occur before, during, and after a disaster or hazard event. It will also identify resources that may be needed for special needs populations during an emergency, support services in the community and options to access those services during and after a disaster or hazard incident, potential sources of alternative services and resources if needed, and communication options for people with disabilities or limited English proficiency.
Minot Affordable Housing Supply and Demand Study:
Minot's changing population and dramatic increase in the number of multifamily rental units, higher density townhomes, and single family homes have significantly changed the city's housing supply in the last five years. This study builds upon the 2012 Minot Affordable Housing Strategy Supply and Demand Analysis, documenting supply, quality, and cost of housing currently available, under construction, or in the planning stage with construction to be completed. The study will update Minot's Affordable Housing Action Plan to include NDR funding and projects for affordable, resilient neighborhoods as well as other affordable housing actions and needs identified.