Citizen Participation Plan
A five (5) day public examination and comment period will begin on Monday, July 13, 2020 and end on Friday July 17, 2020. In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the City of Shelton is amending its Citizens Participation Plan, to continue to promote and support “social distancing” while continuing to offer the public an opportunity to provide valuable citizen input and insight into the policies and procedures, particularly as it relates to the administration and implementation of state and federal programs.
Please direct feedback and comments to firstname.lastname@example.org. For a copy of the Draft Citizen Participation Plan, please email a request to the above email address or refer to the Community Development page of the City’s website at www.cityofshelton.org, under City Departments, Community Development.
The City of Shelton promotes fair housing and makes all programs available to low-and-moderate income households regardless of age, race, color, religion, sex, national origin, familial status, disability, sexual orientation, marital status, lawful source of income, or gender identity or expression.
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CITY OF SHELTON
Citizen Participation Plan
Amendments to Existing Plan
In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the City of Shelton is amending its Citizen Participation Plan, to promote and support “social distancing” and the prevention, preparation and response to the COVID-19 Pandemic while continuing to offer the public an opportunity to provide valuable citizen input and insight into the policies and procedures of the City of Shelton, particularly as it relates to the administration and implementation of its federal programs. The following process will be used to solicit citizen participation and input into any programmatic amendments necessary to quickly and effectively administer federal funding made available either directly or indirectly as a result of the COVID-19 Pandemic.
- Effective April 2, 2020, consistent with the Mega-waiver issued by HUD on March 31, 2020, and for a period ending June 30, 2021, community input prior to drafting a substantial amendment to any plan will be waived, including but not limited to the proposed uses of Community Block Grant (CDBG) funds.
- The City will prepare an amendment to any respective plan, where applicable, and the amendment shall include a discussion of the amount of assistance the City expects to receive, the range of activities it will undertake with this assistance, and, to the extent possible, the benefit to low and moderate income people of these proposed activities.
- The Amendment will be posted in a prominent place on the City’s website, along with a notice identifying the availability of the amendment. The Notice will include the opportunity to provide electronic comment for a period of not less than five days and information on participation in a “virtual public hearing.” As part of the Notice, the town will provide information on how citizens who have special needs may obtain the Amendment in a form which is acceptable to them.
- Such notice will be published in an e-newspaper of daily general circulation and on the DAS website.
- Any comments received, either at the virtual public hearing or during the public comment period will be considered by the agency before the final amended action plan is submitted to the State of Connecticut Department of Housing (DOH). A summary of the comments and the City’s responses will be an attachment to the final amended action plan.
- The procedures and actions discussed above will constitute the City’s citizen participation plan for any substantial amendments, which may need to be made during the program year. A “substantial amendment” to the plan is one which implements a change of use and/or method of distributing those funds. This amended citizen participation plan will itself be made available to the public for a five-day public comment period prior to implementation, and any interest groups may review and comment accordingly.
The Community Development Office is responsible for identifying and securing funding resources to assist the City of Shelton in the provision of certain programs and services, more specifically in the areas of housing rehabilitation and community facilities.
The Community Development Director applies for State and Federal grants for the purpose ofrehabilitating residential, commercial, and public structures, as well as citywide revitalization projects, and then administers the allocation of these funds. The Office also oversees the City’s Housing Rehabilitation Program, the Anti-Blight Program, the Neighborhood Assistance Tax Credit Program, and funding for the Local Capital Improvement Program.
Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program
The City of Shelton offers a Housing Rehabilitation Loan Program to qualified low-and-moderate-income residents. The funds for this program come from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), and are administered through the State of Connecticut Department of Community and Economic Development (DECD). Homeowners qualify if they are within HUD income limits (call the Shelton Community Development Office for current (limits), have sufficient equity in the property, and City taxes are current.
The program is designed to eliminate housing code violations and unsafe conditions, increase energy efficiency, and improve the appearance of property. Code violations (fire codes, building codes, and unsafe conditions) are attended to first; aesthetics are attended to only if there are remaining funds. The maximum lending amount is $25,000 per unit. The loaned funds are 0% interest loans, and are “deferred” loans, meaning that homeowners are not required to pay back the loan until the following conditions occur: the homeowner no longer lives in the house, the house is sold, the title to the home is transferred, or the homeowner dies. All loans are secured with a mortgage deed, promissory note, and memorandum of agreement. All homes built before 1978 will be tested for lead-based paint. If lead-based paint is found, mitigation will be performed.
If you are concerned that a particular property in Shelton is blighted, please read the following information first to determine that the property fits the description of “blighted.” If so, and you would like to report the property to the Community Development Office, please complete and sign a Complaint Form, and return it to either Charlene DeFilippo or Fred Wills at Shelton City Hall, 54 Hill Street, Shelton, CT 06484. We will perform an inspection of the property at our earliest convenience.
Anonymous complaints are discouraged, and may not be addressed. Please be sure to include your name, address and phone number on the form in case we need to contact you for additional information or to report our findings.
The following factors may be considered in determining a property to have “blighted” conditions:
- Missing or boarded windows or doors
- Collapsing or missing walls, roof or floor
- Siding that is seriously damaged or missing
- Fences in a state of disrepair
- Fire damage
- A foundation that is structurally faulty
- Garbage, trash, rubbish, boxes, paper, plastic or refuse of any kind
- Old furniture, bedding, appliances, or anything of the like
- Abandoned cars, boats, or any motorized vehicle or other inoperable machinery situated on the premises or the public right of way (unless the premises is a junkyard legally licensed by the State of CT)
- Rodent harborage and/or infestation
- Overgrown brush, shrubs or weeds (specifically excluding land which is farmland
- Dumpsters/ steel storage containers on a non-construction site for a period exceeding forty-five (45) days
- Unauthorized equipment on site (backhoes, bulldozers, dump trucks, etc.)
- Stockpile of wood or stone for a period exceeding forty-five (45) days which is not intended for use at the premises
- Unfinished exterior residential projects which shall include the installation of doors, windows, siding and roofing for a period exceeding sixty (60) days.
The following conditions do not constitute a blighted property:
- Structure needs to be painted
- Grass needs to be cut
- Unregistered vehicles on property (contact Planning and Zoning Enforcement Officer at 203-924-1555, Ext. 1351)