Each year, Fairfax County applies for federal funds from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to support housing, community development to help meet the critical needs of our vulnerable neighbors across the county. Community engagement is a critical and mandatory part of the process ensuring the effective use of these funds in meeting the most critical housing, human services, and community development priorities that exist in Fairfax County. The Citizen Participation Plan establishes the guidelines, policies, and procedures for community engagement in every phase of the HUD-required Consolidated Planning process – planning, action and reporting.
Following a recent amendment related to the COVID-19 pandemic, County staff has undertaken a comprehensive review of the plan and has proposed changes – as summarized below:
- Clarifies the definitions of “minor” and “substantial” amendments to the Five-Year Consolidated Plan and Annual Acton Plans (“Plans”)
- Adds a list of locations in which public notices shall be advertised by the County for proposed Plans
- Adds new Appendix table summarizing the public participation requirements applicable to each Consolidated Planning document
- Reorganizes document sections, and condenses lengthy paragraphs or reoccurring text to improve readability
Review the Citizen Participation Plan
Fairfax County is opening a period of public comment – beginning at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, February 10, 2021 and running through 4 p.m. on Friday, March 12, 2021 – to review and provide feedback on amending the Fairfax County Citizen Participation Plan. You may submit comments in any of the following ways: