Here are some great opportunities to learn more about the issues and challenges in our communities, have a voice in our future, and take some action for abetter tomorrow. So add these to your calendar and To-Do list. Together, we can make a huge difference!
- Attend a CONNECT Our Future Open House. Learn about regional plans for growth and development. Share your thoughts and vision for a Sustainable Charlotte.
- Attend a Quality of Life Public Forum. Invite your neighbors to come and learn how to evaluate your neighborhood and get a snapshot of their neighborhood’s health and generate a report.
- Apply for an Adopt-A-Neighborhood Grant. Talk to your neighbors and apply for a great to improve the quality of life in your neighborhood.
- Write, email, and/or call your City Council member and County Commissioner and tell them why a goal-oriented Charlotte-Mecklenburg Sustainability Plan is important to you!
Be a part of the change…
CONNECT Our Future Open Houses
Residents in the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County will have a unique opportunity to provide input that will help build a planning framework to address the region’s growth and ensure the continued vitality of local communities.
The first open house of the “CONNECT Our Future” series will be held on Wednesday, February 6, from 4 – 7 p.m., in the front concourse of Bojangles Coliseum (2700 East Independence Blvd).
The open houses will allow participants to view exhibits explaining the challenge of future growth and the process to address it, talk to local government staff and fill out a questionnaire to provide input.
Other open houses to be held within the City of Charlotte include:
East Stonewall AME Zion Church (1729 Griers Grove Road)
Monday, February 11, 4 - 7 p.m.
Crossway Community Church (6400 Prosperity Church Road)
Tuesday, February 12, 4 – 7 p.m.
Wells Fargo Atrium (Charlotte Center City)
Wednesday, February 20, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Sharon Presbyterian Church (5201 Sharon Road)
Thursday, February 21, 4 – 7 p.m.
Residents are not required to attend the open house nearest to them, and may attend an event in another community.
Additional Mecklenburg County open houses include:
Belmont Abbey College (Haid Ballroom)
Tuesday, February 5, 4 – 7 p.m.
Huntersville Town Hall
Thursday, February 7, 5 – 8 p.m.
Matthews Town Hall
Monday, February 18, 4 – 7 p.m.
Mount Holly Municipal Complex
Tuesday, February 19, 4 – 7 p.m.
Quality of Life Public Forums
Charlotte- Mecklenburg recently released the new Quality of Life Study (QoL), performed under contract with University of North Carolina Charlotte (UNCC) Metropolitan Studies Institute. The Quality of Life Study is a collection of social, crime, physical, economic and environmental conditions that provide a snapshot of the health of our neighborhoods.
For the first time, the new study report format features an interactive web ‘Dashboard’ with maps and graphs to display data in a user friendly platform. Each variable contains website links to resources for more detailed information. Another feature of the dashboard is the capability to customize neighborhood reports from the data.
The City and County invite citizens to attend an upcoming community meeting to learn how the new dashboard can be used to get a snapshot of their neighborhood’s health and generate a report.
Mark your calendar for these upcoming public meetings:
Independence Regional Library (6000 Conference Drive)
Tuesday, February 12, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Hickory Grove Library (5935 Hickory Grove Road)
Wednesday, February 13, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
South County Regional Library (5801 Rea Road)
Friday, February 15, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
Morrison Regional Library (7015 Morrison Boulevard)
Tuesday, March 5, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
North Mecklenburg County
North County Regional Library (16500 Holly Crest Road)
Tuesday, February 19, 6 – 7:30 p.m.
Beatties Ford Regional Library (2412 Beatties Ford Road)
Thursday, February 28, 10:30 a.m. –Noon
West Boulevard Library (2157 West Boulevard)
Tuesday, February 26, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 27, 10:30 a.m. – Noon
For additional public meeting information, visit the Neighborhood & Business Services webpage.
Adopt-A-Neighborhood Grant Reminder
The Keep Charlotte Beautiful (KCB) Committee is accepting applications for the 2013 ‘Adopt-a- Neighborhood’ program until Thursday, February 28. Applications will be available at the Planting Bulb Give away, or can be found on the Keep Charlotte Beautiful website.
Each year, KCB Committee members work with selected neighborhood(s) to fund a beautification project of the neighborhood’s choosing. The committee accepts applications for beautification projects ranging from $500 – $5,000. A maximum amount of $5,000 will be awarded each year.
Any neighborhood within Charlotte City limits is eligible to apply, but must submit applications by Thursday, February 28 to be considered.
Click here for more grant information or other KCB initiatives.
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