Chapel Hill 2020 Recognized for Planning Excellence

The NC Chapter of the American Planning Association has recognized the Town of Chapel Hill with a planning innovation award for the Chapel Hill 2020 community visioning process.

The awards committee said the effort to develop a comprehensive plan to guide the growth and development in Chapel Hill over the next 10 years was impressive. Participation in the development of Chapel Hill 2020 surpassed community participation in any other process of its kind in Chapel Hill. Town staff and volunteer leaders were challenged to be creative and innovative in outreach and engagement efforts. In the words of one committee member, “They didn’t leave a stone unturned regarding how to reach people.”

The Chapel Hill 2020 Plan will receive the 2013 North Carolina Marvin Collins Outstanding Planning Award in the Special Theme – Innovations in Planning Services, Education, and Public Involvement category. The award recognizes technology, techniques and/or processes implemented in the current or past two calendar years that enhance planning, planning services, education, and/or public involvement. The award will be presented during the NC Annual Planning Conference Awards Luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Benton Convention Center, 301 W. Fifth St., Winston-Salem, NC.

Since the Council adopted Chapel Hill 2020 in June 2012, the plan has won awards. In March, the Town won a first place award in the Community Visioning category from the NC City & County Communicators Association. In April, Chapel Hill 2020 co-chairs Rosemary Waldorf and George Cianciolo were recognized for their service with a Key Volunteer Award and Governor’s Medallion Award.

The implementation phase of Chapel Hill 2020 is termed DESIGN 2020. Learn more at www.townofchapelhill.org/design

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