The Charlotte Planning Department kicked off their public engagement events on Tuesday, March 5th at Mount Sinai Baptist Church on West Boulevard. Planning staff and Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan consulting firm MIG led a nearly 2 hour presentation after introductions by Charles Thomas with the Knight Foundation, and Charlotte's Planning Director Taiwo Jaiyeoba.
Crowd at Mount Sinai Church on March 5th.
By our estimates, close to a hundred people came to the meeting. The first in a series of three, these workshops are meant to define the community vision and values for the Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan.
The consultants gave an overview of the planning process and focused on equity. They talked about Charlotte’s history of racial segregation and how the Comprehensive Plan will help shape our community into a “City of Opportunity for All” by addressing inequities and ensuring all voices are represented throughout the planning process. You can see the maps used during the presentation here.
Slide from Planning Department’s presentation to City Council’s Transportation and Planning Committee.
We partnered with the West Boulevard Neighborhood Coalition to co-host a table during the event. The Charlotte Department of Transportation printed us a map that allowed us to gather information on where community members walk, access the existing greenway, and where they would like to see more neighborhood connectivity.
Did you miss the meeting and want to watch the presentation? You can watch the recording on the Planning Department’s Facebook page here and add your public input here.
YOUR voice is needed as the Planning Department develops the vision for our city’s future! There will also be a similar style presentation in east Charlotte with the same information on March 20th. We hope you can come and share your thoughts! The meetings are designed for people from all over town, not just the neighborhoods in which the meetings are held. Do you want more information on the Comprehensive Plan? In addition to these workshops, the Planning Department is hosting a speaker series kicking off on Tuesday, March 26th called Neighborhoods With More Neighbors.
Sustain Charlotte's partnership with West Boulevard residents to support neighborhood bicycle and pedestrian connectivity is funded by Aetna Foundation and Wells Fargo.
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