July 12, 2020
NOTICE OF HUD WAIVERS TO THE ADOPTED TOWN OF JUPITER CITIZEN PARTICIPATION PLAN COMMENT PERIOD AND PUBLIC COMMENT PROCESS, PUBLIC NOTICE FOR SUBSTANTIAL AMENDMENTS TO THE 2017-2021 FIVE-YEAR CONSOLIDATED AND 2019 ANNUAL ACTION PLANS TO PREVENT AND RECOVER FROM THE SPREAD OF COVID-19
This notice serves to notify the Town of Jupiter Residents of their opportunity to comment on the below proposed actions, processes, and to inform residents of the changes to the public comment process permitted by HUD during the 2019 and 2020 Program Years due to COVID-19.
NOTICE OF HUD WAIVERS TO THE ADOPTED Town of Jupiter CITIZEN PARTICIPATION PLAN COMMENT PERIOD AND PUBLIC COMMENT PROCESS IN ORDER TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19:
On April 1, 2020, HUD released the memorandum entitled “Availability of Waivers of Community Planning and Development (CPD) Grant Program and Consolidated Plan Requirements to prevent the Spread of COVID-19 and Mitigate Economic Impacts Caused by COVID-19.” The memorandum grants certain waivers to CPD Grantees, such as the Town of Jupiter, with regards to its regulatory Citizen Participation Plan (CPP) requirements specifically required under Citation 24 CFR 91.105(c)(2) and (k). Those certain waivers are: 1) an immediate reduction in the required 30-day comment period to no less than five (5) days, with the requirement to provide reasonable notice and opportunity for citizens to comment on substantial amendments concerning the proposed uses of CDBG funds; and 2) a waiver regarding “reasonable notice and opportunity to comment” requirements of the CPP, to allow a grantee to determine what constitutes reasonable notice and opportunity to comment. The Town of Jupiter implemented both waivers on June 25, 2020, and they will remain valid through the end of the 2020 Program Year (through September 30, 2020), per HUD, for any further COVID-19 related amendments. The Town of Jupiter will amend the citizen participation plan to establish expedited procedure to draft, propose, or amend the consolidated and the program year 2019 annual action plan for the purpose of adding the CDBG-CV fund grant projects/activities
Public Comment & Public Hearings
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING FOR PROPOSED SUBSTANTIAL AMENDMENTS TO THE 2017-2021 FIVE-YEAR CONSOLIDATED AND 2019 ANNUAL ACTION PLANS: The U.S. Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has notified the Town of Jupiter, as a HUD Entitlement Grantee, that the Town has been allocated $178,908 of additional Community Development Block Grant COVID -19 (CDBG-CV) funds to be used specifically towards infrastructure, public facilities, public service, and special economic development programs and activities that help to protect, prepare for, and respond to the COVID-19 Coronavirus outbreak. The allocation was authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Public Law 116-136, which was signed by President Trump on March 27, 2020, to respond to the growing effects of this public health crisis. Accordingly, the Town of Jupiter is recommending revisions to both its 2017-2021 Consolidated Plan and its 2019 Annual Action Plan in order to use the CDBG-CV funds during the current program year that runs from October 1, 2019 to September 30, 2020, to address the urgent needs related to the coronavirus for low-moderate income households in the Town of Jupiter, which may include: Public Facilities program needs that address the immediate need rehabilitate, acquire or construct facilities to prevent for the spread of COVID-19; Public Service programs that address the immediate needs of food and prevention of the spread to the Town’s residents; Special Economic Development assistance to new and existing businesses that support the retention of jobs to low income residents; and technical assistance administrative services to prevent the spread and assist with the response and recovery COVID-19.
Additionally, the Town is also recommending the following substantial and technical amendments to its 2017-2021 Consolidated and 2019 Annual Action Plans – some amendments will also be directed towards immediate coronavirus assistance:
- Reallocating funding of unanticipated 2019 program income to 2019 CDBG-CV Public Service activities.
- Reallocating 2019 Infrastructure project funding for 2019 CDBG-CV Public Services.
- Reimburse cost incurred for response to COVID-19 with the CDBG-CV provided that they are in compliance with CDBG requirements.
The Public may view and provide comment(s) on the above proposed amendments during the following period: 9:00 a.m. on Monday, July 13, 2020, through 4:30 p.m. on Monday, July 20, 2020, by following the below-noticed procedures. Persons with special needs/disabilities or limited English may request an in person social distancing meeting and are required to follow the Palm Beach County emergency order within the County for COVID-19.
The Town of Jupiter plans to vary from its Adopted CPP and will instead follow the below reasonable notice and public comment procedures: Public notices will be published in the “Public Notices” sections of the Palm Beach Post no fewer than 7 days before a scheduled meeting to decide on any required actions related to the Town of Jupiter plans. The public notices will note the specific comment period and the meeting date on which the item(s) will be reviewed and action taken. Proposed amendments to Plans will be made available for viewing from the Town’s website: www.jupiter.fl.us or can be emailed upon request by emailing: SatuO@jupiter.fl.us on any day prior to 4:00 p.m. on the last day of the posted comment period. Documents may otherwise be viewable by a request to Satu Oksanen 561-741-2524. Members of the public may submit comments during the 7-day comment period specified in the section above via: 1) by email of 500 words or less SatuO@jupiter.fl.us or, 2) by leaving a voicemail no longer than three minutes in length to 561-741-2524. 3) by requesting a social distance meeting at the Town of Jupiter offices. When making comments, please reference with document you are providing comments on.