American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA)

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The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) was passed by Congress in March 2021 to aid in the economic recovery and emergency response to COVID-19.  

On March 4th and 5th, City Council hosted a retreat at which budget staff presented the results of the ARPA public engagement process. That presentation can be found HERE. Staff also provided city council with a resource guide of engagement results and all comments received, the resource guide can be found HERE

Also at the retreat the city manager presented his final ARPA funding recommendation to council. That presentation can be found HERE

On May 10th, City Council adopted its FY 2023 Operating and Capital Budgets.  The FY 2023 Operating Budget Ordinance includes $3.45 million of ARPA related funding for the Continuity of Services, and the FY 2023 Capital Budget Ordinance includes $56 million of ARPA related funding for Neighborhood CIP Projects ($24 million) and the Downtown Floodwall Project ($32 million).

Most of the city's ARPA funds will flow through the city's budget beginning in FY 2023 and in subsequent years.  Residents and stakeholders are familiar with the city's budget data and reporting made available to the public during the annual budget process.  They will be able to see the funding and track spending within the familiar tools already made available during the budget process.  This includes the city's budget document, open data portal, and CIP dashboard.  Clink the link below for more details:

City Council Memo - May 5, 2022

Feedback from the public comment period can be viewed here: Public Engagement Dashboard

Physical copies of the resource guide will be provided to the facilities that hosted an ARPA drop box in the near future.

Additional Resident Input Opportunities (Closed)

Due to the rapid increase in COVID-19 case counts, the city manager has issued updated adjustments to city operations for 30 days beginning January 3rd, which includes the cancellation of all in-person staff led public meetings.  

In order to provide residents without internet access with an opportunity to have their priorities heard, drop boxes with comment cards have been placed at the following locations:

  • Pretlow Library
  • Jordan Newby Library
  • Tucker Library
  • Berkley Recreation Center
  • East Ocean View Recreation Center
  • Lambert's Point Community Center
  • Norview Community Center
  • Huntersville Multi-Service Center
  • Calvert Square Envision Center - 975 Bagnall Rd
  • People First office - 521 Ruffner St

City Council will hold a public hearing once they have received the community-based City Manager's Proposed Plan.

Prioritize Interactive Tool Comment Submissions - Daily Update (Closed)

Norfolk ARPA Resources


Project Tracking (Pending)