Things have been churning since we last met and tomorrow evening, between 7 and 9 pm, the East Chapel Hill High auditorium is your destination to check in and let us know how well you think the facilitators and staff have captured your input from the 27th.
We hope you’ll join us tomorrow to give us your reactions, but if you can’t, never fear. We’ll have more opportunities to hear from you here, through a survey (coming soon), or maybe you want to come to the community open house on October 22nd at University Mall, by the new library location, and talk to us then!
So, here’s some food for thought to get you going. What do you think?
1. Draft Vision Statements
A: “Chapel Hill will be a vibrant, connected community, a town that is accessible, affordable, sustainable, and strong. Citizens of Chapel Hill will treasure their downtown, their diversity, and their university; they will enjoy the benefits of balanced development, a quality transportation system, green housing, and healthy neighborhoods.”
B: “Chapel Hill will be a destination location. Balancing growth, density, and the environment, it will feature collaboration between the university, the town, developers and the community. It will encourage integration of students into community, and build bridges between cultures, and neighborhoods through art. Chapel Hill will be a town that is truly green.”
C: “Chapel Hill will be a bright, dynamic community that celebrates diverse populations. It will accumulate and retain intellectual, entrepreneurial, and artistic capital. Valuing its heritage while building regional partnerships, Chapel Hill will be a compact, accessible, mixed-use place of opportunity with a high quality of life.”
D: “Chapel Hill will be the best college town in America. We will integrate the aspirations of the University and its students into our community life. We will build social and physical bridges among cultures and neighborhoods. Through wise and collaborative use of resources, we will strive for an affordable and sustainable community life. We will safeguard our heritage while building a diverse tax base and regional partnerships for a prosperous future. We will be safe for all, connected, economically sound, and innovative.”
2. Draft Themes
Good places and new spaces: Downtown & Development (special places, downtown district, housing, development, protecting existing assets, neighborhoods)
Town & Gown: Learning and innovation (a center of medicine and health care, life-long learning, using intellectual/financial capital, re-thinking the status quo)
Getting Around: Transportation (transportation of all forms)
Community prosperity and engagement: Fiscal Sustainability (affordability, economic development, neighborhoods, services delivery)
Cultural & Artistic Vibrancy (arts, creativity, tourism, celebrations, special events, inclusion)
Nurturing our community: environmental sustainability (our natural environment, open spaces, solid waste, recycling, parks, greenways, rural buffer)
A place for everyone: public safety & diversity (youth, teens, safe places, a welcoming community) Our Dynamic Region: (regional assets, partnerships, potential for shared success)
3. The Principles Each work group should address how their plan supports
- Protecting and celebrating our natural assets
- Creating opportunities for social exchange and community capital
- Strengthening our physical infrastructure
- Encouraging sustainable practices and a diversified tax base
- Supporting safe and healthy lifestyles
4. The practical framework Each work group would also frame their work around these two guiding questions:
- How will our input inform policy decisions by elected officials?
- How will our input inform planning and implementation by the city manager and staff?