Register November 2009 No. 647
Chapter Trans 510
Trans 510.01   Purpose and scope.
Trans 510.02   Definitions.
Trans 510.03   Application procedure.
Trans 510.04   Screening.
Trans 510.05   Evaluation of eligibility.
Trans 510.06   Funding shares.
Trans 510.07   Grant awards.
Trans 510.08   Assistance agreements.
Trans 510.09   Project development process.
Ch. Trans 510 Note Note: Ch. Trans 510 was created as an emergency rule effective October 16, 1989.
Trans 510.01 Trans 510.01Purpose and scope.
Trans 510.01(1) (1) As required by s. 84.185 (4), Stats., the purpose of this chapter is to establish department criteria for implementing a flexible and expeditious process of evaluating and approving transportation facility improvements that are essential to economic development projects.
Trans 510.01(2) (2) The objective of the transportation facilities economic assistance and development program is to increase the number of jobs in this state by responding to the transportation needs of an economic development project when that project is contingent on the transportation facility improvement.
Trans 510.01 History History: Cr. Register, February, 1990, No. 410, eff. 3-1-90.
Trans 510.02 Trans 510.02Definitions. In addition to the words and phrases as defined in s. 84.185, Stats., in this chapter:
Trans 510.02(1) (1) “Applicant" means a business, consortium or governing body.
Trans 510.02(2) (2) “Applicant's share" means an amount of money or in kind services equaling no less than 50% of the final transportation facility improvement cost. In kind services may include, but are not limited to, engineering, land acquisition and construction.
Trans 510.02(3) (3) “Cost per direct job" means the grant ceiling divided by the number of direct jobs.
Trans 510.02(4) (4) “Department" means the department of transportation.
Trans 510.02(5) (5) “Direct jobs" means the number of eligible jobs directly associated with an economic development project and listed on the application, as reviewed and approved by the department.
Trans 510.02(6) (6) “Eligible jobs" means jobs that represent net employment gains in this state.
Trans 510.02(7) (7) “Final transportation facility improvement cost" means the actual contract cost incurred for constructing participating elements of approved transportation facility improvements, including contract change orders for work approved by the department.
Trans 510.02(8) (8) “Grant ceiling" means the department's maximum financial participation in a transportation facility improvement.
Trans 510.02(9) (9) “Reviewed transportation facility improvement cost"means the estimated cost of the transportation facility improvement as reviewed and approved by the department.
Trans 510.02(10) (10) “Secretary" means the secretary of transportation.
Trans 510.02 History History: Cr. Register, February, 1990, No. 410, eff. 3-1-90.
Trans 510.03 Trans 510.03Application procedure.
Trans 510.03(1) (1)Application packet. Applicants shall contact the department secretary or his or her designee for an application packet containing the application requirements and a description of the application screening, evaluation, and funding process.
Trans 510.03(2) (2)Application process. Completed applications shall be sent to the department secretary or his or her designee. Applications shall be accepted throughout the year. The department shall expeditiously screen and evaluate applications in the order of receipt. Applications may not be evaluated for eligibility unless all information required in the application packet is included upon submission. The results of the screening and evaluation shall be reported promptly to the applicant when completed.
Trans 510.03(3) (3)Information requirements.
Trans 510.03(3)(a)(a) The application shall request information necessary to determine how well the proposed transportation facility improvement and economic development project satisfy the criteria contained in s. 84.185, Stats., and this chapter. In addition, the application shall require the following:
Trans 510.03(3)(a)1. 1. A certification that the applicant will comply with all federal and state laws and local ordinances as they relate to the development and use of the transportation facility improvement.
Trans 510.03(3)(a)2. 2. A written endorsement of the application from any governing body which will own or have jurisdictional responsibility for the transportation facility improvement.
Trans 510.03(3)(a)3. 3. A description of the economic development project and the transportation facility improvement. The description shall contain appropriate maps or drawings and estimates of specific cost items for the transportation facility improvement such as land, engineering, and construction.
Trans 510.03(3)(b) (b) Supplemental information beyond that contained in the application packet may be needed by the department in order to complete its review of an application. The department shall notify the applicant in writing of any supplemental information that is needed and shall set reasonable additional deadlines for the receipt of this information. If the information is not received by the additional deadlines established, the department may remove the application from consideration.
Trans 510.03 History History: Cr. Register, February, 1990, No. 410, eff. 3-1-90; CR 06-036: am. (1) and (2) Register August 2006 No. 608, eff. 9-1-06.
Trans 510.04 Trans 510.04Screening.
Trans 510.04(1) (1)Criteria. Applications that meet the following screening criteria shall be evaluated for funding eligibility if they are for transportation facility improvements not excluded under sub. (2):
Trans 510.04(1)(a) (a) The economic development project is unlikely to occur in Wisconsin unless the transportation facility improvement is built.
Trans 510.04(1)(b) (b) The transportation facility improvement is not likely to occur without the grant.
Trans 510.04(1)(c) (c) The business development meets the definition of an“economic development project" set forth in s. 84.185 (1) (am), Stats.
Trans 510.04(1)(d) (d) Construction of the transportation facility improvement would be scheduled to begin within 3 years of the date when a grant is awarded for the improvement.
Trans 510.04(2) (2)Exclusions. The following transportation facility improvements are ineligible for assistance:
Trans 510.04(2)(a) (a) Street, road and highway improvements that are not open to the public and not under either the jurisdiction or ownership of a public authority.
Trans 510.04(2)(b) (b) Any improvement that is not described under par. (a) and is not under the jurisdiction of a public authority, unless businesses or persons other than the economic development project may use the improvement.
Trans 510.04(2)(c) (c) Airplane hangars and other airport facilities not listed in s. 84.185 (1) (d) 2., Stats.
Trans 510.04(2)(d) (d) Parking lots, parking lanes and other lanes exceeding those required to provide adequate traffic capacity.
Trans 510.04(2)(e) (e) Transportation facility improvements needed for business developments that are likely to displace employment in the state rather than create net employment gains. Such business developments are likely to include, for example, retail stores, eating and drinking establishments, recreation and entertainment facilities, and hotels and motels. An economic development project may include business developments that displace employment in the state, but the jobs associated with them shall not be counted as direct jobs.
Trans 510.04(2)(f) (f) Transportation improvements for ethanol production facilities unless the department determines that a competitive bidding process, consistent with s. Trans 510.09 (3) (e) 1., is used for the construction of the ethanol production facility.
Trans 510.04 History History: Cr. Register, February, 1990, No. 410, eff. 3-1-90; CR 06-036: cr. (2) (f) Register August 2006 No. 608, eff. 9-1-06.
Trans 510.05 Trans 510.05Evaluation of eligibility. Applications passing the initial screening shall be evaluated based on the criteria in s. 84.185 (2) (b), Stats., and this chapter. Determination of the eligibility of an application for funding shall be documented in an evaluation report and shall be based on how well the application satisfies the criteria in s. 84.185 (2) (b), Stats., and this chapter.
Trans 510.05 History History: Cr. Register, February, 1990, No. 410, eff. 3-1-90; am. Register, April, 1999, No. 520, eff. 5-1-99.
Trans 510.06 Trans 510.06Funding shares.
Trans 510.06(1) (1)Department share.
Trans 510.06(1)(a)(a) When awarding a grant, the department shall establish a grant ceiling. The grant ceiling shall be the lesser of either 50% of the reviewed transportation facility improvement cost or $5,000 for each job created in this state as a direct result of the improvement or economic development. The grant ceiling may be increased if the secretary finds special circumstances exist justifying the increase. Special circumstances include change orders due to unforeseen circumstances in engineering design, construction or environmental compliance. The department may set ceilings at a reduced level for reasons including, but not limited to, the following:
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