You Can Help Shape Chapel Hill's Future - Here's How

Posted by Larry Tollen on Monday, October 26th, 2015 at 4:49pm

Chapel Hill, NCThe largest public visioning and planning process in the history of Chapel Hill begins on Tuesday, Sept. 27, with the kickoff of Chapel Hill 2020, a community wide effort to create a new comprehensive plan.

Chapel Hill 2020 is all about involving the community from the beginning. There will be gathering at East Chapel Hill High, 500 Weaver Dairy Road. An open house is scheduled from 5 to 6 p.m., and the visioning process will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. All residents - and others who live, work, play and invest in Chapel Hill - are invited to this free and open event. Food is available for purchase, thanks to the East Chapel Hill High PTA. Child care for children ages 5 and older is available, thanks to the YMCA Teen Leaders' Club.

"You have made Chapel Hill your home and we want to hear from you," said Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt. "If you hear about Chapel Hill 2020, you are invited. Truly, I hope you and everyone will get involved. Our future depends upon it."

Chapel Hill 2020 is led by co-chairs Rosemary Waldorf, project manager for Bryan Properties and former mayor of Chapel Hill; and George Cianciolo, a Duke University associate professor of pathology and former chair of the Town's Planning Board. Both are longtime residents of Chapel Hill who are committed to making Chapel Hill 2020 a plan that unifies the community and reflects our collective needs.

Stakeholders in the project will develop key themes for community discussion. Committees will be formed for each of the key themes for participants to explore, discuss, and build the basis for the new comprehensive plan.

There will be about one meeting every three weeks scheduled over the course of this eight-month effort. If meetings are not your thing, we will be offering you other ways to participate. We will be sending surveys and looking for other ways to hear your concerns - and your ideas. Our time line calls for a new comprehensive plan to be finalized in June 2012.

This is your opportunity to make a difference.

For more information on the New Comprehensive Plan, visit the Chapel Hill municiple website.

The current Town of Chapel Hill Comprehensive Plan was adopted on May 8, 2000, and has been supplemented by various small area plans and other documents to guide the vision for Chapel Hill. The community and the Town Council have asked for a new Comprehensive Plan to bring these documents together, to reexamine the vision and to focus together on Chapel Hill's future.

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