04-0244R REPLACEMENT
RESOLUTION AMENDING THE CITIZEN PARTICIPATION PLAN FOR THE HUD-FUNDED COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM TO MODIFY THE COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE'S COMPOSITION AND INCORPORATE THE CONTINUUM OF CARE PROCESS.

BY COUNCILOR GILBERT:

WHEREAS, the city of Duluth is a recipient of grant funds pursuant to the Housing and Community Development Act of 1974 and the Cranston-Gonzalez Act of 1992, as amended, for the community development block grant (CDBG) program, HOME investment partnerships program and emergency shelter grant program; and

WHEREAS, the Duluth City Council passed Resolution 84-0731, which adopted a citizen participation plan for the aforesaid program; and

WHEREAS, on July 10, 2000, the Duluth City Council passed Resolution 00-0469, which amended the citizen participation plan to change the name of the advisory committee and modify the yearly funding calendar and to work with Neighborhood Districts;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the city Duluth community development program citizen participation plan, dated February 2004, on file with the city clerk as Public Document No. _____________ be hereby adopted.


STATEMENT OF PURPOSE:  This resolution will implement recommended changes in the city of Duluth citizen participation plan. The citizen participation plan ensures that Duluth is in compliance with housing and urban development (HUD) Regulation 24 CFR 91.105, that states the city will ensure citizen participation in the development of the consolidated plan and the funding for community development.

The February 2004 plan was made available to the public for a 30-day comment period (February 26-March 26) that was advertised in the city's official newspaper. Two comments were received; both related to changing the composition of the community development committee. One comment questioned whether neighborhood residents would participate, while the other commend felt that eliminating at large members from the committee might reduce participation.

Changes to the citizen participation plan dated February 2004:

  • Change the composition of the community development committee from 15 members to 11 people, with five people being appointed from the neighborhood districts that have two CDBG eligible census tracts, five citywide representatives and one planning commission representative, and no more than two from any one neighborhood district, with a preference for low-moderate income people and persons of color.
  • Implement a new step in the process of holding a series of neighborhood hearings or forums to initiate the annual process and make the public input sessions less formal and more inclusive.
  • Focus the role of the CD committee to review of program performance and funding proposals, this will make the process more efficient and open.
  • Eliminate the NAC (neighborhood advisory council). This was left over from the neighborhood coalition days and has not met for over three years.
  • Incorporate the continuum of care planning process into the city's consolidated planning process.