What’s Missing

Pittsboro Matters believes that designing and building a community is more than an physical engineering exercise. A community is its character, which in turn is the diversity and creativity of its people. Many of the elements of planning we feel are missing from the proposed plans for Chatham Park listed below, focus on the importance of people planning.

  • Evidence of citizen input and design charrette to utilize the Southwest Shore Environmental Assessment in designing the overall land use layout of the community
  • Utilization of the Environmental Assessment in designing the community
  • Vision statement with objective measurable goals
  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Traffic Impact Assessment
  • Fiscal Impact Assessment
  • Socio-economic Impact Assessment – affordable housing, quality of life, aesthetics, retail business analysis, public services, employment and income, and demographics
  • Provision for a development agreement (local ordinance required) between the developer and the town that contractual binds the parties
  • Marketing study demonstrating demand for projected businesses and residential development
  • Project financial analysis – showing projected revenues, expenses, current investments, future investment plan for 30-year implementation, expected profits
  • Economic and business development and recruitment strategic plan and analysis, that includes encouraging utilizing local employees, local business and local sourcing of raw materials, food and products
  • Town authority to determine which open space, recreation, cultural and civic facilities and other amenities will be public, as opposed to private
  • Prohibition of gated residential communities
  • Strategic activities and facilities plan for how they will carry out their promise to support, promote and sponsor cultural activities, the arts, and recreation in their development, as well as the existing town.
  • Design standards
  • Water or sewage treatment infrastructure plan and solutions
  • Plan for it will develop a community that is economically, racially and socially integrated, not only within the town but also with the existing town.
  • Strategy for minimizing deplacement of long-time residents and local businesses due to increased property values, property taxes and rents caused by this development.
  • Community sustainability plan, including addressing climate change mitigation and adaption.
  • Provision of working, urban and community farming and gardening
  • Buffer plan