Orange County Comprehensive Plan Public Meeting


Monday, January 28, 2008 - 2:00pm to 4:00pm


Southern Human Services Building

The input session will begin with a formal time for citizens to speak at a podium about what they would like to see in the plan.

Afterward, County staff will be stationed throughout the room, each representing one of the seven plan elements: Economic Development, Housing, Land Use, Natural and Cultural Systems, Recreation and Parks, Services/Utilities and Community Facilities, and Transportation. During this period, staff will be in a listening mode giving County residents a chance to talk about important goals they desire to see included within each of the elements.


I was just checking out more information about this at and I see that former Chapel Hill Planning Director Roger Waldon is the consultant on this planning process. I have nothing against Roger or his planning skills, but Chapel Hill has been overly-reliant on him since he left to become a consultant. For example using him to craft Neighborhood Conservation Districts, when I would have preferred to see a more citizen-directed effort.

My main concern is that instead of incorporating new and varied ideas, plans that sprout from the same minds will share too much of the same principles and process if not the same actual ingredients. It's sort of like the argument for biodiversity - it's more robust and healthy to have a diverse makeup. Similarly, I think we will get the best plans when a wider range of ideas are considered and when we utilize a wide variety of planning techniques. We risk getting in a rut with the same vision and the same voices time after time.

I feel so out of it - I have been mostly unaware of this whole process. I wonder if the county has reached out to the current planning boards (and transportation,a nd housing, etc.) of Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Hillsborough.


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