This page contains reports, plans and studies created by the Community & Economic Development department. Explanations and links to additional information are included below.
2021 Annual Action Plan
A draft of the 2021 Annual Action Plan, as well as the Citizen Participation Plan, are available for public review and comment from December 7, 2020 – January 5, 2021.
Please also see the public hearing video posted below.
The City encourages all interested parties, including Rockford citizens, to provide comments regarding the plan. Written comments may be addressed to Deb Dorsey, Housing and Program Manager, Dept. of Community and Economic Development, 425 East State St, Rockford, IL 61104 or emailed to [email protected], faxed to (815) 967-6933, or by using the City’s payment drop box located at 425 East State Street, parking lot entrance (please address envelope to Deb Dorsey, Dept. of Community & Economic Development).
2019 Annual Action Plan 2nd Substantial Amendment – CARES Act funding (December 2020)
The City received an additional allocation of $1,001,397 in CDBG-CV CARES Act funding, which requires a second substantial amendment to the 2019 Annual Action Plan. Please see the virtual public hearing posted below, as well as a copy of the PowerPoint presentation and the 2019 Annual Action Plan 2nd Substantial Amendment document.
The City is accepting written public comments through 5pm, December 31, 2020 regarding this additional allocation of CDBG-CV funds. Please email comments to [email protected] and [email protected]. Written comments can be also be submitted through the City’s Payment Drop Off Box, located at City Hall, 425 E. State Street. Please address any envelopes to Deb Dorsey, Community & Economic Development.
The City was also awarded a second allocation of ESG-CV funds, which total $1,157,575. The planned use of those funds are outlined in the notice below.
Nov. 20, 2020 Virtual Public Hearing – 2020 HUD Program Grants Update and Planning for 2021
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 2020.
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 2021 Plan and Budget for CDBG, HOME, and ESG funds.
Please contact Deb Dorsey, Housing and Program Manager, at [email protected], 779-348-7442, or by using the City’s payment drop box located at 425 East State Street, Rockford, IL 61104, parking lot entrance. Envelopes must be addressed to Deb Dorsey, Housing & Program Manager, Dept. of Community & Economic Development.
2019 Annual Action Plan Substantial Amendment – CARES Act funding
The enactment of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) authorizes the City of Rockford to receive $1,277,632 in Community Development Block Grant (CDBG-CV) and $636,693 in Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG-CV) funds. The award of the additional CDBG-CV and ESG-CV funds requires a substantial amendment to the 2019 Annual Action Plan, as well as the City’s Citizen Participation Plan.
Consolidated Plan – The 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.
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.
Annual Action Plan – The Annual Plan outlines the activities Rockford proposes to undertake during the program year utilizing funds from Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice – A 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.
Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area (NRSA) – A NRSA provides enhanced flexibility in carrying out certain housing, economic development, and public service activities with CDBG 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.
South Main Corridor Revitalization Strategy – In 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 Plan – This plan is dedicated to a vision of a continuous pathway along both banks of the Rock River.
West State Street Corridor Plan – The 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 Colman – The 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 Plan – This multi-year action plan sets out specific steps to strengthen the Hope VI area.
2020 Plan – The 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 Plan – View the corridor plan for North Main Street from just south of Auburn Street to just north of West Riverside Boulevard.
Kishwaukee Corridor Plan – This 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 Plan – The 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 Plan – The 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.