During the course of the Consolidated Plan's five-year cycle, Entitlement Communities like the Town of Normal may need to make changes to already approved Annual Action Plans or the Consolidated Plan.  Such amendments to plans are subject to regulations enforced by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD) and guidelines put forth in each Entitlement Community's Citizen Participation Plan.  Amendments can be classified as "minor" or "substantial" based on the types of changes proposed. 

The Town's Citizen Participation Plan states that a Substantial Amendment is required if any one of the following criteria applies:
  1.  A change in the use of CDBG money from one activity to another, in excess of $100,000.00
  2.  Activities proposed to be added or deleted from the plan (Consolidated Plan or an Annual Action Plan)
  3.  A change in the purpose, scope, location, or type of beneficiaries of an activity
  4.  A change in priorities for allocating funds
Substantial Amendments are required to go through a public process for review and comment.  A public hearing as well as a 30-day comment period must be publicized and take place before the proposed amendment is submitted to the Town Council and subsequent submission to HUD.  Amendments may be submitted to HUD individually as they are approved or together at the end of the program year.

In preparing a Substantial Amendment for submission to HUD, careful consideration will be given to all comments or views expressed by the public, whether given as verbal testimony at the public hearing or submitted in writing during the 30-day comment period.  The final version of the Substantial Amendment will have a section that presents all comments, plus explanations why any comments were not accepted.

Notice of Proposed Substantial Amendment

January 24, 2019
The Town is proposing two amendments to the 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan.  This Consolidated Plan and its associated Community Needs Assessment (CNA) were drafted in 2014 and submitted to HUD in early 2015.  Based on consultation with the representatives from HUD, review of the Consolidated Plan and CNA, and the guidelines set forth in the Citizen Participation Plan, Town Staff identified two amendments that should be made to the Consolidated Plan before its expiration.  The Town will enter the fifth and final year of the Consolidated Plan on April 1, 2019. 

The following amendments are proposed:

Removal of "Rehabilitation" (Goal 8) from the Goals Summary (SP-45) table of the Consolidated Plan (Pages 109-110)
Goal 8 states that the Town will provide funding for "at least one restoration project during the five-year period covered by [the] Consolidated Plan."  "Rehabilitation" was    defined as any work done to a home, group home, business facade, or "building subject to historic preservation."  No such project was funded or carried out with CDBG money.  Instead, the Town used General Funds dollars through the Emergency Repair Program to fund rehabilitation projects for residences.  The $61,152 budgeted for this goal was distributed to other eligible, approved activities.  Residential and/or commercial property rehabilitation is not called out as a priority need in the 2014 Community Needs Assessment.  

The information placed in these columns of the Goal Summary table were entered incorrectly back in 2015.  This table is supposed to forecast the funding levels and goal outcome indicators over a period of five years, but the numbers put forth and previously approved were for both one- and five-year goals.  HUD representatives have requested that this clerical error be corrected to show five-year figures before the expiration of the Consolidated Plan. 

Citizen Participation

A public hearing for the proposed amendment will be held on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 5 p.m. in the Cafe on the first floor of the Normal Public Library at 206 W College Avenue.  Individuals with disabilities who plan to attend the hearing, require certain accommodations in order to observe and participate, have questions regarding accessibility of the facility, or any individuals with limited English proficiency needing assistance communicating are requested to contact the Planning Department at (309) 454-9642 before the hearing.

A 30-day comment period will also begin on Wednesday, January 30, 2019.  Comments must be submitted in writing by Thursday, February 28, 2019.
Written comments should be submitted to:
Taylor Long, Associate Planner
Town of Normal
11 Uptown Circle
Normal, IL 61761
Phone: (309) 454-9643