Think town taxes are too high and have suggestions on where to cut?
Do you like the new high rises downtown and think the town needs more of them?
Do you see ways for the town, UNC-Chapel Hill and UNC Health Care to redefine Chapel Hill’s future?
If you do – or even if you just want to start thinking about these issues – the town is inviting you to “Chapel Hill 2020,” a new community planning process that kicks off Sept. 27 at East Chapel Hill High School.
“This process is open to anybody who lives, works, plays or does business in Chapel Hill,” says former Mayor Rosemary Waldorf, project co-chair with George Cianciolo.
The Sept. 27 meeting will start laying the groundwork for the town’s next Comprehensive Plan, a vision statement that will lead to new guidelines for carrying out the goals.
But this plan won’t be like the consultant-driven last, Town Manager Roger Stancil says.
“I think what’s fair to say is it won’t be (the work of) a consultant who came to town with a briefcase with a plan he wrote in Austin,” Stancil said.
The Sept. 27 meeting will start with an open house at 5 p.m., followed by a “visioning process” from 6 to 8 p.m. The town is seeking volunteer “stakeholders” to return Oct. 6 and sign up for committees that will examine issues in depth over the next six to eight months.
The goal is to submit a final plan to the Town Council in June.
We'll have a full story on Chapel Hill 2020 coming Sunday in The Chapel Hill News.