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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, August 12, 2013
 
Contact: Heidi Preuss, 704-336-5597 or heidi.preuss@mecklenburgcountync.gov

BE A PART OF MECKLENBURG COUNTY’S FUTURE
Applications now being accepted for Livable Communities Plan Workgroup
 
Are you passionate about improving the quality of life in your community? Do you have time or skills to share to help us get there? Be a part of Mecklenburg County’s future.

If you want to be more involved in your community, please complete an application to serve on a workgroup for the Mecklenburg Livable Communities Plan. Help set community-wide goals and create a unified vision for Mecklenburg County, the City of Charlotte and surrounding Towns by giving your input and sharing your passion for your community. 

Applications will be accepted beginning August 9, 2013 through August 30, 2013. Participants will be required to commit two hours per session once per month for two years. Applicants will be selected by an Oversight Committee and notified in early September 2013.

The Mecklenburg Livable Communities Plan is a joint initiative between Mecklenburg County, the City of Charlotte, surrounding Towns, and the Foundation for the Carolinas to develop a unified vision that incorporates community-wide goals centered on how we live, work, and play today and into the future. This collaborative effort by local governments (in Mecklenburg County) provides an opportunity to review existing plans and identify commonalities that encourage and support a vibrant and healthy quality of life of our community. 

Recognizing the potential partnership between City and County, common interests and the benefits of having a coordinated plan for the community, the Mecklenburg County Board of Commissioners and the Charlotte City Council approved in spring 2013 to move forward with developing an all-encompassing community vision and plan. 

A phased approach for development of the Mecklenburg Livable Communities Plan includes the following:

  • Forming an oversight committee to guide citizen workgroup efforts to consolidate and review independently created plans, policies and other governing documents, make final recommendations on a vision and plan that provide policymakers a strategy to organize and communicate common goals that produce a better quality of life.
  • Developing citizen workgroups to ensure community level development of the Mecklenburg Livable Communities Plan. The workgroups will be charged with accounting for the wealth of existing plans and citizen input as they draft the Vision and Plan.
  • Additional community outreach and information gathering through processes such as community surveys, small group feedback sessions, community meetings, website public forums, etc. supported by County, City and Town staff.
In creating the Mecklenburg Livable Communities Plan​, we will find new and better ways for local governments to work together and collaborate with our community partners to better the quality of life for the entire Mecklenburg community. 

If you would like to apply, please visit the Mecklenburg County Livable Communities Plan website or call Heidi Pruess, Mecklenburg County Environmental Policy Administrator, at 704-336-5597.