(a)General. In order to be eligible for designation, an area's poverty rate must satisfy the following criteria:
(1) In each census tract within a nominated urban area, the poverty rate must be not less than 20 percent; and
(2) For at least 90 percent of the census tracts within the nominated urban area, the poverty rate must be not less than 25 percent.
(b)Special rules relating to the determination of poverty rate—
(1)Census tracts with populations of less than 2,000. A census tract that has a population of less than 2,000 is treated as having a poverty rate that meets the requirements of paragraphs (a)(1) and (a)(2) of this section if more than 75 percent of the tract is zoned for commercial or industrial use, and the tract is contiguous to one or more other census tracts that have an actual poverty rate of not less than 25 percent.
(2)Rounding up of percentages. In making the calculations required by this section, the Secretary will round all fractional percentages of one-half percent or more up to the next highest whole percentage figure.
(1) Noncontiguous parcels that are developable sites are exempt from the poverty rate criteria of paragraph (a) of this section, for up to three developable sites.
(2) The total area of the noncontiguous parcels that are developable sites exempt from the poverty rate criteria of paragraph (a) of this section must not exceed 2,000 acres.
(3) A nominated urban area must not contain a noncontiguous parcel unless such parcel separately meets the criteria set forth at paragraphs (a)(1) and (2) of this section, except for up to three developable sites.
(4) There must not be more than three noncontiguous parcels, except that up to three developable sites are not included in this limit.
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