Community Investment Plan

The Community Investment Plan (CIP) is a planning tool used to document proposed major capital investments projected to take place over a six year period.  

New in 2021: GIS-based Community Investment Plan (CIP)

In December 2021, the Town of Normal unveiled an updated version of the CIP to help residents more easily learn where and how monies are being spent throughout the community. 

The tool, a geographic information system (GIS)-based version of the Town’s Community Investment Plan, provides a visual representation and description of capital projects proposed in the upcoming five-year budget. Each project entry includes a project description, financial requirements and funding sources.

Watch this video tutorial of the CIP to learn more about how to use the GIS-based tool. 

For an overview of the Community Investment Plan, see the 2021 Community Investment Plan PowerPoint Presentation.

Click the image to link to the GIS-Based Community Investment Plan

CIP 2021

Benefits of the GIS-based CIP

The GIS-based CIP clearly outlines proposed capital projects so residents know exactly where improvements and enhancements may take place. The community can use this tool to stay informed about how the Town is working to improve the community. The revised CIP provides the Town of Normal with numerous benefits, including:

  • Increased transparency for all users, especially the community, making it easier to find what is happening in areas of interest, geographically (e.g., by neighborhood) or categorically (e.g. Water projects, Park projects, etc.)
  • A comprehensive, geographical representation of improvements planned throughout the Town
  • A foundational piece of technology on which other smart city efforts may be layered to contribute to a collaborative planning culture
  • Illustration of alignment by specifically identifying strategic plans to which capital projects contribute
  • Streamlined operations with a user-friendly experience which is easier to update 

Previous Version of the CIP

For about 15 years prior to the launch of the GIS-based CIP, the Town of Normal published the CIP as an Excel spreadsheet primarily focused on numbers. The following previous versions of Excel-based CIP also included information on proposed capital expenditure projected over a six year period, including the current fiscal year.