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    Chapel Hill 2020: Planning for Sustainability

    The community and the town council have asked for a new Comprehensive Plan to reexamine the vision for Chapel Hill and to plan together for the community's future. The new planning and visioning document will create a framework for the community to guide the Town Council in managing Chapel Hill's future over the next 10 years.

    Presenting to the Chapel Hill Council Chamber, David Godschalk, Stephen Baxter Professor Emeritus in the Department of City and Regional Planning at UNC-Chapel Hill and a Fellow of the American Institute of Certified Planners discussed “Sustaining Places: The Role of the Comprehensive Plan,” and the role of the comprehensive plan in helping communities to achieve sustainable outcomes. He discussed best practices as those that integrate sustainability into the comprehensive planning process. During his review, Godschalk discussed the features of 10 outstanding comprehensive plans from around the country in terms of how well they meet sustaining places principles.

    Video:  Chapel Hill 2020 – Sustaining Places:
    The Role of the Comprehensive Plan


    Chapel Hill 2020

    Chapel Hill 2020 is communitywide project to develop a new comprehensive plan that will guide Chapel Hill’s future. The Chapel Hill 2020 meetings continue to be among the largest public meeting gatherings in the history of Town issues. People are welcome to join with their friends and neighbors as the process continues into 2012, even if they have not participated to date.

    The special topic presentations planned by Chapel Hill 2020 organizers respond to requests from the stakeholders who are developing the plan for the community’s future. As part of their work in exploring the plan’s key themes, they are gathering information, including demographic, economic and budget data. One of the first special topic meetings featured Mitch Silver, president of the American Planning Association, who provided much food for thought to help inform the thinking about what Chapel Hill will look like over the next 10 years, and also the next 20 to 30 years. His talk focused on demographic trends that are affecting the entire country and also Chapel Hill. Specifics of Silver’s talk included that by 2050 one in five North Carolinians will be over the age of 65 and that by 2042 the population will be less than 50 percent white.

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