Reaching back. Leaning Forward
The Town has embarked upon a comprehensive planning process – the first in over 20 years. The goal is to inspire extensive and active community involvement and to establish a framework for achieving the community’s vision, expectations and guidance for growth and development/redevelopment, and town services over the next 20 years. Plan policies will address land use regulations and decisions, which serve as the foundation for economic development/fiscal stability, as well as the Town’s ability to provide direct services and support other initiatives.
The Town is working with a team of consultants to facilitate an inclusive, equitable, and diverse public engagement process from start to finish, including utilization of both traditional and innovative outreach methods and working with existing community organizations and resources. Our goal is to involve all residents, organizations, businesses and other stakeholders from throughout the Town – from multiple generation families to students and new residents; from younger to older; all races, ethnicities and genders.
This plan is about our people, community and togetherness to form a vision and the tools to implement that vision. Whether it is addressing the urgency of climate change or overcoming the legacy of racial and ethnic barriers, this planning process aims to bring the spirit of our community together across a broad spectrum of interests, passion and expertise.
WHAT IS A COMPREHENSIVE PLAN?
A comprehensive plan provides a guide to coordinated, long-range growth and development. The plan will provide the goals, policies and projects to implement the Town’s vision. The Town Council has laid out planning themes including climate action, addressing race and equity, economic sustainability and the need for affordable housing and addressing income inequality.
HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?
Website: Share ideas, map input, ask questions! A project website is being developed that will provide tools and guideposts on ways to become involved in the planning process. The website will include an interactive map for posting place-based input, a general idea board for sharing insights, and an evolving FAQ forum on plan topics: www.CarrboroConnects.org
Events: Over the next 18 months a series of events are planned where you can make your voice heard. These will be a mix of virtual and in-person get togethers to ensure everyone can share in the way that is most comfortable to them!
Mix-Match: In addition to online, in person and virtual events, there will also be opportunities to connect and share via Carrboro comment cards, focus groups, interviews, or simply by picking up the phone. No internet, no problem!
QUESTIONS/THOUGHTS/IDEAS? PLEASE CONTACT:
Patricia McGuire · Planning Director, Town of Carrboro, firstname.lastname@example.org (919) 918-7327
Scott Goldstein · Project Manager, Teska Associates, sgoldstein@TeskaAssociates.com (847) 563-9724