By Scott Sherrill, UNC MPA Student
More than 100 people were in attendance at East Chapel Hill High School for the combined reporting out and working session on December 15.
The evening provided the opportunity for groups to hear what other groups have been working on, to identify common themes, and to allow groups the opportunity to carry on the work from the last meeting.
Groups are working at slightly different paces; therefore, some have clarified their goals and worked their way through some objectives and strategies, while others are clarifying language and adding goals. The working session at the end of the December 15 meeting was designed to allow groups to make more progress, to pick up going into the January 12 meeting.
Coming into the December 15 meeting:
Getting Around has found linkages around accessibility and transit, economic growth and transit, healthy and active lifestyles and paths for walking and bicycling along with environmental benefits from decreased carbon emissions, and connectivity between the university and town for students and employees.
Nurturing Our Community has developed a new list of goals which group members have been developing in informal meetings.
A Place for Everyone has focused on clarifying language and reframing some language with an eye towards the future, for example thinking about a family friendly community for the 21st century family. The group has found overlap with others in the areas of Public Spaces, Arts, and Affordable Housing, but is still working to address seven more themes.
Good Places and New Spaces also has gone back to revise theme topics and restate them. So far, this group has found points of overlap with the transportation group and town/gown.
Community Properity and Engagement has identified overlap with alternative transportation, safety, and partnerships with UNC for innovation.
Town and Gown has found overlap in areas like the Arts, housing, and having a healthy population.
The presentations by Mitch Silver and Roger Stancil are already making an impact in the way community members are thinking about Chapel Hill in the future.
Some other upcoming events include:
January 5, 6 PM: Changes in the Nation’s Healthcare System in the Council Chamber at Town Hall. Presentation by Bill Roper.
January 10, 6 PM: Retail, Housing, and Economic Development in Chapel Hill in the Council Chamber at Town Hall. Presentation by Dwight Bassett.
January 19, Noon: Demographics, Land Use, and Transportation in the Council Chamber at Town Hall. Presentation by David Bonk.
January 21, 9 AM – 3 PM: An Innovtation Unconference at the Student Union on UNC campus.
January 25, Noon: The Carolina North Development Agreement in Council Chamber at Town Hall.
And the next Working Session will be January 12, 4:30 – 6:30 PM at Glenwood Elementary School.