CEDD Reports

This page contains reports, plans and studies created by the Community & Economic Development department. Explanations and links to additional information are included below.

2022 Annual Action Plan, 2021 Annual Action Plan Amendment and Citizen Participation Plan

The following draft plans are available for public review and comment from November 22 – December 21, 2021:

  • 2022 Annual Action Plan
  • 2021 Annual Action Plan Substantial Amendment
  • Citizen Participation Plan

2022 Annual Action Plan Draft/2021 Amendment/Citizen Participation Plan

2021 Annual Action Plan Amendment Draft Full Plan

Please also see the public hearing video posted below.

2022 AAP – 2nd Public Hearing Video

2022 AAP – 2nd Public Hearing Presentation PDF

The City encourages all interested parties, including Rockford citizens, to comment regarding all of the draft Plans. Written comments will be accepted through December 21, 2021 and may be addressed to:

Deb Dorsey, Housing and Program Manager

Dept. of Community and Economic Development

425 East State St, Rockford, IL 61104

Email:  [email protected]

Fax:  (815) 967-6933

Copies of the plans are also available at the following locations:

  • Rockford Community & Economic Development Dept. – 425 E. State Street, 2nd floor
  • Rockford Health & Human Services Dept. – 612 N. Church Street
  • Rockford Housing Authority – 223 S. Winnebago Street
  • Rockford Public Library Branches – 214 N. Church Street, 1238 S. Winnebago Street, and 6685 East State Street

2022 Annual Action Plan Virtual Public Hearing – 2021 HUD Program Grants Update and Planning for 2022

Please see the public hearing video posted below. This public hearing provides an overview of the three program grants that the City receives on an annual basis from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. These grants include: Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), HOME Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), and Emergency Solutions Grants (ESG) grants. In addition, the presentation provides an overview of program accomplishments in 2021.

The City encourages all interested parties, including Rockford citizens, to express their ideas and views on housing and community development needs, including priority non-housing community development needs and affirmatively furthering fair housing. These ideas and views will be taken into consideration as the City prepares its 2022 Plan and Budget for CDBG, HOME, and ESG funds.

Please contact Deb Dorsey, Housing and Program Manager, at [email protected] or 779-348-7442 with any comments or questions. .

City of Rockford 2022 Annual Action Plan 1st Public Hearing

City of Rockford 2022 AAP 1st Public Hearing Presentation 10-29-21

Neighborhood Development Reports

Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing ChoiceA review of impediments or barriers that affect the rights of fair housing choice. It covers public and private policies, practices and procedures affecting housing choice. The AI serves as the basis for fair housing planning, provides essential information to policymakers, administrative staff, housing providers, lenders and fair housing advocates as well as assisting in building public support for fair housing efforts.

Annual Action PlanThe Annual Plan outlines the activities Rockford proposes to undertake during the program year utilizing funds from Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Certificate of Consistency – Some Federal grants require organizations to obtain a Certificate of Consistency. This Certificate ensures that the organization’s grant application conforms with the City’s 5-year Consolidated Plan. After the applicant completes the form it should be returned to the Neighborhood Development Housing and Program Manager for review. It will then be signed by the Mayor’s office and returned to the grant applicant to be submitted with the grant application.  A minimum of two weeks notice is required.

Citizen Participation Plan – The City of Rockford has adopted a Citizen Participation Plan that sets forth our policies and procedures for citizen participation, related to the use of federal CDBG, HOME and ESG funds.

Consolidated Annual Performance and Evaluation Report (CAPER)The CAPER outlines the accomplishments and expenditures of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), and Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) programs and activities.

Consolidated PlanThe City of Rockford receives Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Home Investment Partnerships Program (HOME), and Emergency Solutions Grant aka Emergency Shelter Grant (ESG) funds from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This 5-year comprehensive plan describes what the housing and economic development needs are in the community as well as outlining the strategies the City plans to take to meet those needs.

Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area (NRSA) – A NRSA provides enhanced flexibility in carrying out certain housing, economic development, and public service activities with CDBG funds.

Planning & Zoning Reports

South Main Corridor Revitalization StrategyIn order to develop future design concepts and strategic goals for the South Main Corridor, the Lakota Group and the City of Rockford’s Long-Range Planning division developed this State of the Corridor report to analyze the existing conditions of the quality of infrastructure, physical attractiveness and market conditions, among other factors, that impact the potential redevelopment of South Main Street and Southwest Rockford.

Riverwalk PlanThis plan is dedicated to a vision of a continuous pathway along both banks of the Rock River.

West State Street Corridor PlanThe West State Street Corridor Project is comprised of several projects occurring simultaneously; West State Street Construction, West State Street to Linear park and West State Street land acquisition. This is an ongoing long-term project involving both the Long-Term Planning division of Community and Economic Development and the Capital Improvements Division of Public Works. Check back occasionally for updates.

Barber ColmanThe former Barber Colman manufacturing facility is located within an economically distressed area of the the City. USEPA grant funds have allowed the City to begin a massive clean up effort of hazardous waste at the facility. It is hoped the clean-up effort will be a catalyst for redevelopment at this historical site.

Hope VI Focus Area PlanThis multi-year action plan sets out specific steps to strengthen the Hope VI area.

2020 PlanThe 2020 Plan is a long-term plan describing our community’s goals and future shape. It is used when reviewing development proposals, designing infrastructure expansions and planning new facilities.

North Main PlanView the corridor plan for North Main Street from just south of Auburn Street to just north of West Riverside Boulevard.

Kishwaukee Corridor PlanThis plan covers the areas around Kishwaukee Street, from the Chicago/Rockford International Airport to 3rd Street and the Whitman Street Interchange. The plan sets out specific land use changes, economic investment strategies and transportation improvements that will improve the safety of the corridor for businesses and residents, making the area more attractive & functional.

College-Seminary Focus Area PlanThe City of Rockford worked with residents and business owners to create the College-Seminary Focus Plan, a multi-year action plan to strengthen the College-Seminary area.

Mid-Town North PlanThe City of Rockford worked with residents and business owners to create the Mid-Town North Plan, a multi-year action plan to strengthen the Mid-Town North area.