Help Create a Vision for Mecklenburg County’s Future at Thursday’s CONNECT Community Growth Workshop

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Mecklenburg County residents will have an opportunity this month to help create a vision for how their community will grow, by participating in a two-hour workshop hosted by the CONNECT Our Future regional planning initiative. Working in collaboration with other local stakeholders, residents will use a map to create a growth strategy for new housing, public parks, transportation infrastructure, and the preferred locations for future office, retail and industrial development.

From the ideas shared at each workshop, four or five possible scenarios will be created for the growth of the Charlotte Region will be. While none of these planning scenarios will be binding on local governments, they’ll help inform elected officials and policymakers about the type of growth residents would like to see in their community.

For home builders, Realtors® and commercial developers, the workshops are a rare opportunity to help shape the growth vision that policymakers will adopt in the months ahead. In the spring and summer of 2014, residents will be asked to choose a growth scenario from those developed in the workshops, from a low-density approach to one that concentrates new growth in corridors or activity centers.

Hundreds of Mecklenburg County residents have participated in other CONNECT Our Future events including open houses, and RealityCheck 2050, a day-long visioning session. CONNECT Our Future effort is funded by a grant from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Mecklenburg Central
Thursday, October 24th
5:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Mahlon Adams Pavilion – Freedom Park
2435 Cumberland Ave
Charlotte, NC 28203

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