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Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program
Public Comment Page

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)

Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Entitlement Program

for the City of Oak Ridge, Tennessee

CDBG Substantial Amendments (click to view):

Annual Action Plans for Program Years 2017 – 2022:

The City of Oak Ridge intends to amend its existing Consolidated and Annual Action Plans for the Program Years spanning from 2017 through 2022. 


This Substantial Amendment is required by the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, and the City’s Citizen Participation Plan, in order for the City to re-allocate program funds and activities. All revised programming will continue to support HUD’s objectives of providing benefits to low and moderate-income (LMI) citizens of the City.


The specific purpose of these Amendments is to reallocate existing program funds and activities in order to make funds available for proposed improvement projects within the CDBG Target areas of Highland View and Scarboro Neighborhoods.


Proposed projects include:


1. A sidewalk renovation project within the Highland View Neighborhood: this renovation will replace existing deteriorated sidewalks, as well as install ramps and crosswalks that are ADA-compliant.


2. The installation of an inclusive playground at Highland View Park: this park upgrade will update the existing park space in order to maximize accessibility and create play experiences that meet a broader range of needs and interests.


3.  A replacement roof for the Scarboro Community Center: the existing roof is deficient and at the end of its lifespan, the replacement roof will allow for the community center to continue to best serve citizens and neighbors.

The City’s Citizen Participation Plan requires that the City provide citizens and stakeholders a 30-day period in which to review and comment upon any proposed Substantial Amendment, as well as providing for one public hearing on the proposal. Any information received during the public comment period or at the public hearing will be included in the Substantial Amendment final draft.

The 30-day comment period for the City of Oak Ridge 2023 Substantial Amendments

will begin on Friday, August 11, 2023, and end on September 11, 2023.


A public hearing is to be held on Monday, September 11, 2023, during the

City of Oak Ridge Council meeting beginning at 7:00 p.m. at the Oak Ridge Municipal Building.


Copies of the proposed City of Oak Ridge 2023 Substantial Amendments will be available by August 11, 2023, online at, or by contacting Jacob Smith, 865-425-3580, Physical copies of the plans will be at the following locations: City of Oak Ridge, Community Development Department, 200 S. Tulane Avenue; City of Oak Ridge, City Clerk’s Office, 200 S. Tulane Avenue; Oak Ridge Public Library, 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike; City of Oak Ridge Scarboro Center, 148 Carver Ave.

2017-2019 Proposed Amended 3-year CDBG Consolidated Plan Funding


Proposed Activity Funding:

Removal of Blighted Housing                         $ 240,200

Neighborhood Improvement Projects           $  361,328

Residential Electric Upgrades                         $       9,725

Right of Way & Transportation                        $    40,275

MDO Home Rehab                                          $    25,095

Grant Administration                                       $    20,666


Total 2017-2019 Allocation                              $691,041


2020-2022 Proposed Amended 3-year CDBG Consolidated Plan Funding


Proposed Activity Funding:

Neighborhood Improvement Projects           $ 200,000

MDO Home Rehab                                          $    32,272

Infrastructure Projects                                      $  465,455


Total 2020-2022 Allocation                              $  697,727

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The primary purpose of the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program is the development of viable urban communities, by providing decent housing, suitable living environments, and expanding economic opportunities, principally for persons of low and moderate income. The CDBG program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development (HUD).


Planning & Development Dept., Municipal Building
P.O. Box 1
Oak Ridge, TN 37831-0001


Wayne Blasius, Planning & Development Director
Jacob Smith, Senior Planner (CDBG Coordinator)
Carrie Burrell, Administrative Associate


Three (3) year Consolidated Plan process 

Click to learn more about the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Fair Housing Act

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