Community Development to Hold Public Input Sessions on Consolidated Annual Action Plan

The City of Pittsfield Department of Community Development will be holding two public input sessions in February toward the preparation of the 2018 Consolidated Annual Action Plan.

The Annual Action Plan, which is required by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), outlines how the city’s federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds should be used to improve the quality of life in the community.  Funded projects included in the plan are required to benefit under-resourced residents, eliminate slums and blight, or address an urgent need in the community.

The first session will be held 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 12. in the Community Room at Morningside Community School, 100 Burbank St.  The second session will be held later that month at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 26 in the Community Room at Conte Community School, 200 West Union St.

Those attending the sessions will have the opportunity to speak on a range of community issues including housing rehabilitation, public facilities, job opportunities, demolition of vacant buildings, sidewalk reconstruction, and park improvements, to name some examples.

The Consolidated Annual Action Plan will be available in draft form in mid-April for public review and comment.  It will also undergo a formal adoption process, including a formal public hearing that will be publicly advertised. The draft 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 HUD shortly after.

If residents are unable to attend the sessions, they are welcome to submit their comments to the Pittsfield Department of Community Development, City Hall, 70 Allen St., Room 205, Pittsfield, MA at 413- 499-9368 or by TTY at 413-499-9340. Comments can also be e-mailed to jdodds@cityofpittsfield.org. Individuals with special needs should contact the Pittsfield Department of Community Development and every effort will be made to accommodate their requests.