Researchers at the UNC School of Government recently released the results of a survey (PDF) they conducted about Chapel Hill’s Central West Small Area Plan process. You might have seen some press and spin about this survey and the comments participants provided in the survey. But before we start extrapolating from these data, it’s important to make sure we understand who provided feedback on the Central West process and how those individuals compare to our community at large.
Back in October I'd posted about a petition to grow more solar in Carrboro. Thanks to your help, we've worked with the Town of Carrboro and the NC Solar Center to create Solarize Carrboro, a non-profit project making it simple and affordable to go solar now. In our pre-launch period, more than 100 people have signed up for free solar assessments. Our kickoff event is on Wednesday, April 2, at 7pm in Carrboro Town Hall.
Unsurprisingly, the Chapel Hill Town Council unanimously (I think) adopted the Chapel Hill 2020 comprehensive plan earlier tonight. Despite the objections of many citizens on a number of fronts and the reluctance of some of the council members themselves, the process will now exit the extensive community input phase and enter a period of “continued engagement.”
A free and public event exploring civic engagement and social justice
issues is scheduled for 3 p.m. Sunday, May 20, at the Chapel Hill Public
Library's Program Space in University Mall across from Alfredo's Pizza.
Please share the EVENT FLIER.
"Voices of Action: Translating Words into a Movement" is organized
by the Chapel Hill Public Library and the Town of Chapel Hill Justice in
Action Committee. The public is invited to attend and participate in an
interactive workshop and discussion to consider questions such as "What
makes you want to act?" "How do you engage?" and "How can your voice be
powerful?" The purpose of this event is to encourage creative
expression of opinion and support participants as they recognize the
power of words and find their individual voices.
The event will be facilitated by the Sacrificial Poets (http://sacrificialpoets.com),
North Carolina's premier youth poetry organization. You don't have to
be a poet or even write poetry to attend. If you appreciate spoken word,
want to learn more, or you just have something to say about social
justice, LGBT rights, Occupy, racism, fracking, environmentalism,
immigration reform, or a host of other issues, this program is for you.
"We are excited to be involved because librarians are advocates of
intellectual freedom," said Maggie Hite, head of circulation services.
"And our library is a trusted, safe space for civic engagement."
Many residents are more comfortable expressing divergent ideas at
libraries because they are neutral places that advance knowledge through
freedom of expression and critical inquiry, Hite said. The Chapel Hill
Public Library supports the idea that civic reflection builds community
Formed by the Town Council, the role of the Justice in Action
Committee is to give voice to issues and concerns regarding race and
power in Chapel Hill and the surrounding community; and to educate the
Chapel Hill community through workshops and seminars on issues of
racism, diversity and inclusiveness. The committee meets at 6 p.m. on
the first Thursday of most months at Chapel Hill Town Hall. For more
information, contact email@example.com. For more information about Sunday's program, see www.chapelhillpubliclibrary.org or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, May 20, 2012 - 3:00pm to 5:00pm
Chapel Hill Public Library's Program Space, University Mall
On Tuesday, June 5th at 6:00 pm there will be a joint meeting of the Planning Board and Sustainability Committee at which the final version of the Chapel Hill 2020 plan will be presented. Although only the charges of the Planning Board and Sustainability Commission require that they make a recommendation to Council regarding this plan, other boards may submit recommendations to Council if they wish. Therefore, members of all the Town’s advisory boards are encouraged to attend the presentation as it is an opportunity for them to hear the same information and have their Chapel Hill 2020 questions answered during the public hearing.
The final plan will return to Council on June 25th.
Additional Boards which may be in attendance include:
Last night marked the last meeting of the stakeholder involvement portion of the Chapel Hill 2020 process. After brief introductions from the leadership of the process and town staff, the theme groups met to consider the action items drawn up by town staff based on pervious meetings. If you haven’t yet been able to have your say on 2020, you still have a few opportunities including:
The information meeting for the town advisory boards on Chapel Hill 2020 on May 10 at 6 p.m.
Chapel Hill town manager Roger Stancil opened tonight’s Chapel Hill 2020 meeting by describing where we are in the process. As part of that description, he mentioned that the town was moving out of the “intensive engagement” part of the process and into the “refine and review” process. Tonight’s meeting and some recent developments in the process seem to clearly point out that this is indeed the case.
Earlier this evening town staff briefed the public on the results from the Future Focus sessions held last week. The meeting followed a pretty basic format. During the first and last 30 minutes, participants were free to roam around five different rooms, one or each of the special study areas that town previously identified. In the hour between, Mary Jane Nirdlinger, the town’s assistant planning director, gave a presentation synthesizing the results while taking questions from the audience.