CARRBORO, N.C. -- The American Planning Association has designated the month of October 2023 as National Community Planning Month, and the Town of Carrboro is on board! Mayor Damon Seils has proclaimed the observance locally.
In the past year, the Town’s planning staff has worked to implement Carrboro Connects, focusing on identified priorities while continuing to carry out the regular services provided to the community. These implementation efforts have included:
- drafting revisions to the Town’s Land Use Ordinance to align the Town’s regulations with identified goals
- beginning the process of creating a new downtown area plan
- identifying areas for improvement in the development review process
- completing a racial equity analysis of the traffic calming process
- launching the Green Neighborhoods Grant Program
- expanding transportation demand management grant programming
- coordinating with NCDOT on roadway and infrastructure improvements to enhance safety and accessibility for pedestrians and people on bicycles, including the completion of resurfacing and restriping projects to add bike lanes on East Main Street and Merritt Mill Road and planning for similar improvements on North Greensboro Street and Jones Ferry Road in the coming year.
The planning staff also hosted and participated in countless community events and conferences to forward the Town’s goals through community engagement and coordination with partners and stakeholders while continuing to implement the Community Climate Action Plan and Bicycle Plan, among many other projects and events.
“I encourage all residents to celebrate the contributions made by the professional planners of Carrboro and our neighboring communities; and to recognize the dedication of the members of our numerous advisory boards and other community members who contribute their time and talents to the improvement of Carrboro,” Mayor Seils said. “Furthermore, I encourage residents to become advocates for and participants in the implementation of our award-winning Carrboro Connects comprehensive plan.”