April 27, 2020
CONTACT: Kelsey Thompson-White
MARIETTA - In accordance with 24 CFR 91.05(c)(2) and subpart B of the federal regulations relative to citizen participation for Community Planning and Development Programs and applicable waivers made available to those requirements through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), the City of Marietta is making an amendment to the Citizen Participation Plan available to the public through this notice. The purpose of the Citizen Participation Plan is to identify and set forth guidelines that the City of Marietta will follow to ensure that citizens are adequately aware of programs/activities that are funded by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The Citizen Participation Plan addresses the time frame and manner citizens will be informed and encouraged to participate in the planning process for the expenditure of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds. This plan also addresses how citizens participate in the development of the Five-Year Consolidated Plan, Annual Action Plan, and the Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER).
A 5-day Public Comment period begins May 4, 2020 and ends May 8, 2020. All comments can be emailed or written and mailed. Please direct all comments/inquiries to:
268 Lawrence Street, Suite 200, Marietta, GA 30060
The Plan is available on the City website at https://www.mariettaga.gov/1171/Plans-Reports; and in hard copy at 268 Lawrence Street, Suite 200.
Citizen Participation Plan Revision Summary:
• Includes virtual hearings as an allowed method for citizen participation;
• Update the types of declared disasters or emergency events to include terrorism and infectious diseases, such as the recent coronavirus 19 (COVID-19) pandemic, that may necessitate expedited substantial
• Provide details on possible actions, including reprogramming of funding and types of possible activities that may be undertaken in response to the COVID-19 pandemic;
• Includes provisions relative to Consolidated Plan citizen participation and Community Development Block Grant, waivers made available under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act;
• Make minor edits that do not change current citizen participation policies.
Please be advised that if virtual hearings are used, real-time responses and accommodations for persons with
disabilities and/or with limited English proficiency will be made available to the greatest extent possible.