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Posted on: September 20, 2022

Carrboro receives planning award for Carrboro Connects Comprehensive Plan

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The American Planning Association-North Carolina Chapter (APA-NC) has recognized the Town of Carrboro with the Marvin Collins Award for a comprehensive plan developed for a community of less than 25,000 population. 

The award was announced during the 2022 North Carolina Planning Conference held Sept. 13-16 in Winston-Salem, N.C.  

The Town of Carrboro’s award recognizes the Carrboro Connects 2022-2042 Comprehensive Plan available for viewing at https://www.carrboroconnects.org/adopted-plan 

On June 7, 2022, Carrboro’s Town Council unanimously voted to adopt the Carrboro Connects 2022-2042 Comprehensive Plan. Adoption is only the beginning as the real achievements and progress for the Town will take place over the next five to 20 years of plan implementation. 

The plan is built on the twin foundations of racial equity and climate action and, for the first time, brings the goals of the Town as a whole into a single document. From supporting local businesses to expanding affordable housing options and access to open space, the plan builds on Carrboro’s leadership in taking bold action to meet its goals.

To all who have participated in this process in some way, thank you. Carrboro Connects is the product of a community-wide planning effort. The policies and projects reflect the vision, ideas, and commitment to Carrboro that were shared by thousands of residents, businesses, and organizations.

Carrboro Planning Director Trish McGuire stated: “As we launched Carrboro Connects during crises of global health, climate and racism, we felt a heightened sense of concern and urgency to plan toward a better future. Community members, businesses, and Town leaders were connected in common inspiration and shared motivation.  We believe the planning process has helped people feel more hopeful and less powerless during a grim time. Outstanding partners have come together to meet the urgency of the day while creating a community plan encompassing visions and actions for a brighter future.” 

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The APA-NC Awards Program includes NC Great Places and the Marvin Collins Planning Awards and recognizes the places, people, and projects that represent the highest standards of achievement in the North Carolina planning community. Awards are presented annually during the North Carolina Planning Conference. Nominations are reviewed by a panel of independent planners from throughout the state. The awards signify the highest standards of achievement for planning in North Carolina. 

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