The Carrboro Town Council continued the discussion about Carrboro Connects, a 20-year plan for the future of Carrboro centered around racial equity and climate action during its Feb. 22 meeting.
This comprehensive plan will address topics such as affordable housing, climate and the environment, transportation and mobility, economic sustainability and land use in Carrboro.
As a part of the affordable housing portion of the plan, Carrboro Connects aims to increase homeownership and rental units that are permanently affordable.
If enacted, the town will complete projects aimed toward these initiatives from 2022 to 2026. For example, the town will seek funding and resources to expand the capacity of homeownership counseling service organizations and partner with affordable housing developers.
“Everything in the plan is a result of engagement with the community that has been received during the process,” said Carrboro Planning Director Trish McGuire at the meeting.
The planning process for Carrboro Connects began in the summer of 2020. According to McGuire, the council must conclude discussions on the plan by July 1 in order to meet the deadline.
The Carrboro Connects plan will also provide equitable access to parks and green spaces. According to Trust for Public Land, only 27 percent of Carrboro residents live within a 10-minute walk of a Town park.
The council received input from the public about the plan.
Diana Newton, who spoke during the public hearing, said the implementation section of the draft needs major work because it is too ambiguous.