90-1-103. Functions of department of commerce -- community development. (1) The department of commerce shall:
(a) cooperate with and provide technical assistance to county, municipal, state, and regional planning commissions, zoning commissions, parks or recreation boards, community development groups, community action agencies, and similar agencies created for the purposes of aiding and encouraging orderly, productive, and coordinated development of the communities of the state;
(b) assist the governor in coordinating the activities of state agencies that have an impact on solution of community development problems and implementation of community plans;
(c) serve as a clearinghouse for information, data, and other materials that may be helpful or necessary to local governments to discharge their responsibilities and provide information on available federal and state financial and technical assistance;
(d) carry out continuing studies and analyses of the problems faced by communities within the state and develop those recommendations for administrative or legislative action as appear necessary. In carrying out the studies and analyses and in providing technical assistance to communities, the department shall pay particular attention to the planning and financing of public facilities and to the problems of metropolitan, suburban, and other areas in which economic and population factors are rapidly changing.
(e) administer the federal community development block grant program and adopt rules to implement the program.
(2) In partial fulfillment of its duties under subsection (1), by January 1, 2003, the department shall have developed and published examples of subdivision regulations that provide incentives for and remove disincentives to cluster development. The examples need not be limited to the local option cluster development regulations authorized in 76-3-509 and may include any cluster development regulations that are authorized under Title 76, chapter 3. In developing the examples of regulations, the department shall seek the advice of interested parties. The department shall provide technical assistance to local governments that are developing cluster development regulations, as provided in subsection (1)(a).