Charlotte City Council Dec. 11, 2023 business meeting: Our takeaways

There was a full agenda and a packed house for Monday’s Charlotte City Council Business Meeting. While many important updates were covered, we were particularly interested in discussions regarding infrastructure and development plans and funding. Here’s a recap of the items we were keeping an eye on. You can watch the entire meeting here and view the agenda here

Infrastructure

During the action review portion of the meeting, Liz Babson, Assistant City Manager, gave a presentation on infrastructure updates, focusing on three areas for growth and development in the city: Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), Fire, and Charlotte Water.

She reviewed the department’s multi-phase approach, which includes: 

  • Rezoning Summary Tune-Up (Q3 2023): Launched Development Near Me app, which provides information on development projects requiring permitting, grading permits and rezonings; began rolling out improved/more frequent notifications in August 
  • Focus on Five Key Areas (Q4 2023): Assess existing metrics to determine whether they are effectively preparing for growth 
  • 2040 Comprehensive Plan Implementation Dashboard (Q2 2024): Incorporate existing and new infrastructure capacity metrics into the dashboard

While this infrastructure discussion addressed schools, fire and water, City Manager Marcus Jones indicated that transportation infrastructure remains in focus.
“From sidewalks to roads, to greenways, bike paths and some rail infrastructure,” he said, “we’re looking at bundling these projects to be discussed in the spring.” 

Liz confirmed that the next steps for the City Planning Department will be to look at Stormwater Services and Transportation in winter 2024. Staff will confirm infrastructure priorities with the city council as part of key performance indicator discussions. 

Our take: We’re pleased to see that infrastructure priorities are being considered in tandem with city services. We know how important it is for students and families to be able to safely get where they are going, and we echo Council Member Ajmera’s sentiments that “we have to do everything we can to make sure that we are providing safe environments for those who are walking.” While this meeting didn’t center on transportation, it is critical that transportation be considered in every infrastructure discussion. After all, city services can’t be completed or accessed without effective transportation. We look forward to the transportation-focused conversation in the new year.


Growth and Development 

During the business portion of the meeting, the council voted unanimously to accept state and federal funding for the Sugar Creek Corridor of Opportunity. This included adopting resolutions to authorize the city manager to negotiate and execute $2.4 million in funding from the North Carolina Department of Transportation and $12 million in funding from the Federal Highway Administration through the Rebuilding American Infrastructure with Sustainability and Equity (RAISE) Discretionary grant program for improvements in the West Sugar Creek Corridor of Opportunity. 

Plans for these improvements include building “mobility hubs,” where people can safely transition from one mode of transit — such as walking, biking, or scooter — to another form, like bus, light rail, or microtransit, and filling gaps in sidewalks and establishing a new multi-use path for pedestrians and cyclists along Sugaw Creek Park. 

Our take: This is an incredible step forward for the Sugar Creek neighborhood and Corridors of Opportunity team! With this funding, the Sugar Creek area can be made safer, easier to navigate, and open to economic growth — all ingredients for a prosperous neighborhood that works for all residents. Congratulations, City staff! We can’t wait to see this funding improve the lives of our neighbors.


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    published this page in Latest News 2023-12-13 06:43:48 -0500