Chapel Hill 2020 snags another award
The town’s Chapel Hill 2020 plan is a winner again.
This time, the plan that will guide growth and development in the town over the next 20 years has been awarded the N.C. Chapter of the American Planning Association’s 2013 North Carolina Marvin Collins Outstanding Planning Award in the Special Theme – Innovations in Planning Services, Education and Public Involvement category.
The award recognizes technology, techniques and/or processes implemented in the current or past two calendar years that enhance planning, planning services, education and/or public involvement.
The group’s award committee was impressed by the town’s innovation and the extensive processes used to elicit public involvement in the Chapel Hill 2020 process.
“They didn’t leave one stone unturned regarding how to reach people,” one committee member observed.
In April, George Cianciolo and Mary Waldorf, the co-chairs of Chapel Hill 2020 were recognized for their service with a Key Volunteer Award and Governor’s Services Award, both coming in the group/team category.
The community visioning process to update the town’s comprehensive plan took place from spring 2011 to June 2012.
Town officials said the level of public participation surpassed any other process of its kind in the Chapel Hill community with an outreach and engagement effort that strove to be creative, engaging and open to innovation and exploration.