C harting O ur F uture A Land Use Initiative
C. Creating a meaningful Climate Action Plan and promote patterns and styles of development that are climate responsive, including energy efficient buildings and sites that utilize existing infrastructure and support local, renewable energy production like rooftop solar. Climate responsive design helps to mitigate stormwater and flooding problems. It also supports habitat corridors and often includes green infrastructure and living landscapes that provide for tree canopy and other vegetative surfaces which mitigate the urban heat island effect and create more shaded and walkable streets throughout the Town. This style of development accommodates alternative and low
2. Ensure equitable planning and development. Equitable planning and development is a strategy that ensures all current and future community members participate in and benefit from development and economic growth and activity in the Town – especially low-income residents, communities of color, immigrants, and others who have been historically excluded and are at risk of future marginalization. Equitable planning and development entails an intentional focus on eliminating inequities and barriers and making accountable and meaningful investments to assure that community members:
Live in healthy, safe, and opportunity-rich neighborhoods; Connect to economic and ownership opportunities; and, Have voice and influence in the decisions that shape their neighborhoods.
carbon forms of transportation, such as biking, walking, transit and the increased adoption of electric vehicles. Reduced parking requirements, when accompanied by the necessary supportive infrastructure, help to support these alternative forms of transportation and encourages the development of sustainable communities; D. Continuing to support transit, transit connections and integrated transit options. Such connections can integrate and knit together all parts of the Town, reduce vehicle miles traveled, and support additional housing units and more intense land uses, like office and retail uses, so that community members may shop and work in their community thereby potentially reducing the carbon footprint attributable to the Town. Transit supports the establishment of a prosperous and equitable community that is easily accessible by all; E. Establishing a “Connected Community” that includes a tight network of streets and multi-modal paths that are convenient everyday choices. Creating highly integrated multi-modal connections allows for a variety of mobility options that make trips more direct and reduces vehicular trips. To that end, the Town should continue to promote an active and interconnected community that supports initiatives like Vision
Equitable Development is achievable by: A. Advancing economic opportunity. Promote local economic development and entrepreneurial opportunities, enhance community-serving establishments, and increase quality living wage jobs for all community members; B. Mitigating displacement. Develop plans, policies, and programs that mitigate residential displacement as development and redevelopment occurs in the Town and discourage the displacement of viable small businesses that serve community needs;
C. Providing affordable housing options. Create healthy, safe, readily available, and affordable housing for all family sizes and incomes in all neighborhoods;
D. Understanding and responding to local context. Respect local community character, small, local businesses, cultural diversity, and values. Preserve and strengthen intact neighborhoods, building upon their local assets and resources; E. Promoting broader mobility and connectivity. Prioritize an effective and affordable public transportation and multi-modal network that supports transit-dependent communities and provides equitable access to core services and amenities, including employment, education, and health and social services; F. Practicing meaningful community engagement. Ensure local community participation and leadership in decision-making reflects a diversity of voices, including targeted strategies to engage historically marginalized communities. Structure planning processes to be clear, accessible, and engaging; G. Developing healthy and safe communities. Create built environments that enhance community health through public amenities (schools, parks, open spaces, walkable neighborhoods, multi-modal paths, health care, and other services), access to affordable healthy food, improved air quality, and safe and inviting environments;
Zero and provides safe routes to work and school, walkable neighborhoods, complete bicycle networks, and other multi-modal transportation alternatives such as greenways and sidewalks; and,
Resilience, according to Triangle Regional Resilience Partnership Resilience Assessment, is the capacity of a community, business, or natural system to prevent, withstand, respond to, and recover from a disruption.
F. Establishing resiliency measures to mitigate flooding concerns within the Town including utilizing “Green Stormwater Infrastructure” techniques that utilize natural and constructed landscape features that capture, absorb, and store rainwater; preserving existing open space; and where possible, developing new open space; improving tree canopy; daylighting creeks and other covered waterways; and creating “Green Infrastructure” connections such as habitat corridors between the natural areas of the Town.
H. Promoting environmental justice. Eliminate disproportionate environmental burdens and ensure an equitable share of environmental benefits for existing communities; and,
I. Creating full accessibility. Ensure that the built environment is accessible and welcoming to people of all ages, physical conditions, and languages.
Town of Chapel Hill |
| December 2020
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