FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, November 21, 2011
Contact: Jamie Banks, 704-432-5111
(Charlotte, N.C.) -- The Centralina Council of Governments, in which the City of Charlotte is a member, received a Regional Planning Grant Award of $4,907,544 from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities this morning to develop a Regional Plan for Sustainable Development.
The goals of the project are to translate the adopted CONNECT Regional Vision, a values-based document, into an implementable planning document with performance metrics in a way that fully engages the full diversity of the region’s population. These goals will be realized through interjurisdictional collaboration that reaches beyond government to engage residents, businesses, and diverse stake holders with an end result being a Regional Plan for Sustainable Development.
Anticipated Project Benefits:
- Robust public engagement in choosing the regional preferred development scenario, establishing implementation strategies, and recommending priorities and performance metrics.
- Creation of a regional planning database and a process for keeping it current
- Creation of regional performance metrics, allowing appointed officials, business leaders and members of the community to gain a working understanding of sustainability planning and assessing progress towards locally-defined goals.
The achievement of this plan will produce reduced growth in vehicle miles traveled, reduced unemployment rates, reduced housing and transportation costs for families, and support economic and housing revitalization efforts in the small cities and towns around the region.
Twenty eight other communities and organizations nationwide will receive Regional Planning grants totaling $97 million. The goal of the Sustainable Communities grants is to help communities and regions improve their economic competitiveness by connecting housing with good jobs, quality schools and transportation.
Core Partners in this project include: Catawba Regional Council of Governments, The University of North Carolina – Charlotte, The Lee Institute, Urban Land Institute, Mecklenburg County CONNECT council, City of Charlotte CONNECT council, Charlotte Housing Authority, Regional Workforce Alliance, Charlotte Regional Partnership CONNECT council, Johnson C. Smith University, Winthrop University.