FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, April 4, 2014
An additional opportunity for residents to review four distinct regional growth scenario options for the Charlotte region will be held in Charlotte on Friday, April 11 from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the South County Regional Library, located at 5801 Rea Road. Participants can attend anytime within those hours, but a presentation on the growth plans will be given specifically at 11:15 a.m.
The regional growth scenarios were developed as a result of community meetings conducted during 2013 throughout a 14-county region that included residents, businesses, and local governments, including the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County. The growth scenario options to be considered consist of: Maintain Suburban Focus, Follow Community Plans, Grow Cities, Towns, Centers and Transit; and Focus on Regional Transportation. At the Charlotte meeting April 11, participants will be asked to provide feedback that will be used to identify a preferred regional growth strategy and framework.
For residents unable to attend the meeting, a web-based tool has been created to provide an opportunity to give input. Simply visit www.connectourfuture.org
to provide input on top growth priorities. The online engagement tool is available through April 15th. Input received from community meetings and online will be used to help develop the preferred regional growth framework.
The CONNECT Our Future initiative, coordinated by Centralina Council of Governments and Catawba Regional Council of Governments, was created to develop a regional framework addressing the projected growth of the region and the current and future challenges facing communities. The 14-county project region includes: 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.