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Background Materials

Initiating Committee Meeting Materials:

A Council-appointed Initiating Committee met in May and June of 2011 to develop a community-based process for the plan update. Members were: Kathy Atwater, Elliott Bennett Guerrero, Gordon Merklein, David Knowles, Lee Storrow, Jason Baker, Jim Curis, Julie Brenman, Allison DeMarco, Joy Steinberg, Jim Merritt, Rob Maitland, Scott Beavers, Anita Badrock and Doug MacLean. 

They reported to the Council on June 27, 2011 to share the process and announce two community co-chairs: Rosemary Waldorf and George Cianciolo. Over summer 2011, the co-chairs will work with Town staff to invite stakeholders to the process and to develop a detailed meeting schedule.

The Chapel Hill Comprehensive Plan guides the future of the community. The current Comprehensive Plan was adopted on May 8, 2000, and is supplemented by various small area plans and other documents that guide the vision for Chapel Hill.

The community and the Council have asked for a new Comprehensive Plan to bring these documents together, to reexamine the vision and to plan together for our community's future.

A Council-appointed Initiating Committee met in May and June to develop a community-based process for the plan update. Members were: Kathy Atwater, Elliott Bennett Guerrero, Gordon Merklein, David Knowles, Lee Storrow, Jason Baker, Jim Curis, Julie Brenman, Allison DeMarco, Joy Steinberg, Jim Merritt, Rob Maitland, Scott Beavers, Anita Badrock and Doug MacLean.

They reported to the Council on June 27, 2011 to share the process and announce two community co-chairs: Rosemary Waldorf and George Cianciolo.

Chapel Hill Town Council held two work sessions on the New Comprehensive Plan (March 17 and April 7)  Derek Okubo, National Civic League, and Matt Leighninger, Deliberative Democracy Consortium, joined the Council to discuss and develop their ideas about using a community-based planning process for the new Plan. 

For more information, please see the materials and presentations, linked below.

The Town Council received an update from the Town Manager and the current and past Planning Board Chairs on January 24, 2011, about how a new plan could begin.

The Council also discussed the Comprehensive Plan at their Retreat on February 5th, 2011.  Professor David Owens shared some background on Comprehensive Planning and the kinds of issues the Council could consider.  The Council reviewed some preliminary information on what kind of planning process could be used for this new plan, but agreed that they needed to spend some more time determining how best to achieve a plan that would be useful to the Council, reflect a broad community vision, further community sustainability, and include strategic implementation measures for new areas such as sustainability, social issues, service planning and fiscal responsibility.

Chapel Hill 2020: Our Town. Our Vision.

 

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