Boards and Commissions

Citizens Advisory Committee

The Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) is a 17-member committee, and includes 9 members appointed by the Mayor to serve two-year terms and 8 members appointed by the City Council to serve one-year terms.

The CAC is charged with the responsibility of reviewing and researching Community Development needs and the Consolidated Plan of the City of Lakewood. In this context, the CAC reviews various proposals for federal funds and makes recommendations to the City Council as to what programs would be funded and at what funding levels in a particular year. The CAC members analyze requests for funds in relation to the needs of the community and the amount of funds available.

In order to ensure that all citizens of Lakewood have an opportunity to discuss community needs and proposed programs, the CAC holds two public hearings. The first, held near the beginning of the review process, provides an opportunity for discussion of community needs. The second public hearing, held at the end of the process, is devoted largely to comments with regard to any proposed programs.

The work of the CAC takes place over approximately seven evening meetings, beginning in early August and ending in early October. The first meeting includes a training session for new CAC members. The first or second meeting is a general organizational meeting for all members providing a review of federal regulations and distribution of Committee members’ notebooks. The final meeting of the CAC is also the date of the second public hearing at which citizens may comment on any proposals being considered by the Committee. Citizens may also comment on the Consolidated Plan and various community needs. The Mayor is invited to this meeting to present comments with regard to the various proposals.

Following this public hearing, the Committee will discuss the proposals for using the funds in relation to community needs. Proposals are prioritized and funding recommendations are made. A written CAC report is sent to the Mayor and to City Council.

When City Council receives the CAC recommendations, the report is generally referred to a Committee. CAC members are then invited to attend the Committee meeting(s) for their input during the final decision-making process.

Public Notice:

Citizen Advisory Committee Public Hearing 8/27/14

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 6:30 PM

Attention Citizens Of Lakewood, Ohio
Notice Of Public Hearing
Regarding Fiscal Year 2015 Federally-Funded Programs & Community Development Needs
Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 6:30 PM
Lakewood City Hall Auditorium, 12650 Detroit Avenue

On Wednesday, August 27, 2014 at 6:30pm, Lakewood’s Citizens Advisory Committee (CAC) will hold the second of three Public Hearings prior to submission of the city’s Fiscal Year 2015 (FY15) One Year Action Plan and FY15-FY19 Five-Year Consolidated Plan to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). The CAC is comprised of (17) residents, (9) appointed by the Mayor and (8) by City Council. Each year, the CAC reviews funding proposals submitted by municipal departments and not-for-profit agencies then makes recommendations regarding the allocation of federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG), and HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) resources the city anticipates receiving in 2015. Citizen participation, feedback, and recommendations are encouraged regarding the following topics as well as community needs and activities funded in prior years.

FY15 ANNUAL ACTION PLAN: Lakewood is preparing its FY15 One-Year Action Plan which serves as the city’s annual application to HUD for CDBG and ESG funding. The CAC will meet to finalize its recommendations to City Council regarding the allocation of these resources on Wednesday, August 27, 2014. Once approved, they are incorporated into the Action Plan. FY15 CDBG, ESG, and HOME applications are available for citizen review at the Department of Planning & Development and via the city’s website at http://www.onelakewood.com/Development/CommunityDevelopment/2015Applications.aspx.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT BLOCK GRANT (CDBG): Lakewood anticipates receiving approximately $1,700,000 in FY15 CDBG funds. This is a preliminary estimate; the final amount is subject to change. CDBG may be utilized to address a variety of housing and community development needs including housing rehabilitation, infrastructure improvements, public services, and economic development. The CAC is reviewing eighteen (18) requests for FY15 CDBG funding.

EMERGENCY SOLUTIONS GRANT (ESG): Lakewood anticipates receiving approximately $140,000 in FY15 ESG funds. This is a preliminary estimate; the final amount is subject to change. ESG may be used for a range of activities that prevent homelessness and aid homeless persons. The CAC is reviewing three (3) requests for FY15 ESG funding.

HOME PROGRAM: Lakewood’s Division of Community Development has submitted a proposal requesting continued funding of the city’s HOME Program. HOME funds may be used for a variety of activities that increase affordable home ownership opportunities for low-moderate income households including housing construction/rehabilitation and down payment assistance. The city anticipates receiving $175,000 in FY15 HOME funds through the Cuyahoga County Housing Consortium, which serves as its fiscal agent.

FY15-FY19 FIVE-YEAR CONSOLIDATED PLAN: Lakewood must prepare and submit a Consolidated Plan (Con Plan) to HUD at five year intervals. As the city’s current Con Plan expires in 2014, a new plan covering the period from 2015 to 2019 is being created that identifies the city’s needs, priorities and strategies for developing a viable urban community, providing decent housing, cultivating a suitable living environment, and expanding economic opportunities, principally low-moderate income persons. A copy of Lakewood’s FY10-FY14 Con Plan is available in the city’s Department of Planning & Development, Lakewood City Hall, 12650 Detroit Avenue, Basement Level.

The CAC’s third and final FY15 Public Hearing, for the purpose of discussing and soliciting public comments regarding Lakewood’s FY15-FY19 Consolidated Plan, is scheduled for Monday, October 27, 2014 at 6:30PM in Lakewood City Hall Auditorium. Questions and comments may be directed to Dan Wyman, Development Officer, at 216.529.7680 or Daniel.Wyman@lakewoodoh.net.