Department of Community Development to Hold Two Public Input Sessions

The Pittsfield Department of Community Development is sponsoring two public input sessions in February as part of the preparation toward the 2018 Annual Action Plan.  The purpose of the public input sessions is to obtain public comments and suggestions on how the city’s federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds should be used to improve the quality of life in the community.  Information gathered from these public input sessions will be used during the preparation of the city’s Annual Action Plan.

The first public input session will be held 5:30 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 13 at Morningside Community School, Community Room, located at 100 Burbank St.  The second public input session will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 27 at Conte Community School, Community Room, located at 200 West Union St.   

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) requires that the city prepare this plan each year.  Funded projects included in the plan are required to benefit under-resourced community members, eliminate slums and blight, or address an urgent need.

Those attending the public input sessions will be given the opportunity to speak on a variety of community issues such as: housing rehabilitation; public facilities; job opportunities; demolition of vacant buildings; sidewalk reconstruction; and park improvements.

The plan will be available in draft form in mid-April for the public to review and comment.  It will also undergo a formal adoption process, including a public hearing that will be advertised. The draft Annual Action Plan will also be available on the city’s website during a 30-day public comment and review period in April.  After the public comment period, the draft plan will be completed by the middle of May and the final plan will be submitted to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) shortly after.

If residents are unable to attend the public input sessions, they are welcome to submit their comments to the Pittsfield Department of Community Development, City Hall, 70 Allen St., Room 205, Pittsfield, MA, call (413) 499-9368 or by TTY at (413) 499-9340.  Comments may also be e-mailed to OfficeofDCD@pittsfieldch.com.  Persons with special needs should contact the Department of Community Development and every effort will be made to accommodate these requests.