FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Johnathan Wells, City of Charlotte
Emily Parker, Centralina Council of Governments
Residents are invited to help plan for the future of housing in our region by attending an open house to provide input on the housing challenges they face and housing they'd like for their community and the region.
The drop-in open house is Tuesday, August 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the East Stonewall AME Zion Church, located at 1729 Griers Grove Road in Charlotte.
The Regional Housing Needs Study is part of the "CONNECT Our Future" project, and provides an opportunity for people in the 14-county region to create a Comprehensive Regional Housing Study to meet current and future needs. Planning ahead for future growth can help address questions the region faces now, such as
- How do we supply adequate and appropriate housing for our future workforce, for people to age in place and for our growing population?
- How can we ensure housing is located near to jobs, schools and transportation?
- How do we identify and remove barriers to fair housing for under-represented groups?
Participants are free to come and go at the open house, which will have board exhibits and stations where staff will address questions and solicit input. Residents can also learn more about preliminary findings on housing needs and provide input on their housing challenges and preferences. The feedback will be incorporated into the final findings of the study and the housing strategy for the region.
CONNECT Our Future is a three-year project to develop a regional framework to address the projected growth of the region which includes the counties of: Anson, Cabarrus, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Rowan, Stanly and Union Counties in North Carolina, and Chester, Lancaster, Union and York Counties in South Carolina.
In the past decade, the region surrounding Charlotte has emerged as America’s fastest growing region of any area with a population greater than 1 million people. Within 20 years, the population is expected to grow by 50 percent, and double by 2050, meaning the addition of nearly 2 million people to the region. It is also one of the largest in the nation without a framework for growth.
The growth framework will help to ensure the region can match growth with good quality jobs, transportation; quality housing that is affordable, clean water, improved air quality and other social and physical infrastructure improvements. The framework will be built on existing community plans, public engagement, local values, and will contain policies, strategies and tools for voluntary use and adoption by local governments.
The Centralina Council of Governments (CCOG), which was the grant recipient on behalf of the CONNECT member local governments and organizations, and the Catawba Regional Council of Governments (CRCOG), is helping to coordinate, facilitate and staff the process. To learn more about this initiative, visit www.ConnectOurFuture.org