The Town of Mansfield has designed a community-wide Citizen Participation Plan to provide for and encourage citizen participation in the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program. The Office of Planning and Development is proposing an Amendment to the Citizen Participation which was adopted by the Town Council on May 15, 2020. Revisions to the Citizen Participation Plan include the following:
• Authorize the use of virtual meeting formats for public hearings
• Add provisions related to special funding rounds, including the requirement that a public hearing be held prior to submission of a special funding application and the information that will be provided to the public as part of that hearing.
• Change the public hearing notice provisions to require notices to be posted at least five (5) days in advance of the hearing and to allow publication in the electronic version of a newspaper in addition to or in lieu of publication in a physical newspaper. The revisions also require publication of the notice on the Town’s website in the legal notice section at least 5 days prior to the hearing.
• Require that public hearing notices include information on how written comments can be submitted in advance of the public hearing.
Citizen Participation Plan Public Comment will be accepted by email at TownMngr@mansfieldct.org or by USPS mail at 4 South Eagleville Road, Mansfield CT 06268 and must be received prior to the scheduled meeting on Monday, July 27, 2020 at 7:00 pm (public comment received after the meeting will be shared at the next meeting). Additionally, public comment can be phoned in live. Please email TownMngr@mansfieldct.org or call 860-429-3336 ext. 5 by Noon on the day of the meeting to receive instructions for how to phone in public comment.