Catch the online video

If you missed the Chapel Hill 2020 Special Topic “Sustaining Places: The Role of the Comprehensive Plan” by  David Godschalk, Stephen Baxter Professor Emeritus in the Department of City and Regional Planning at UNC-Chapel Hill, you can view it online at

Also available is “UNC Health Care and Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina: Partners in Innovation and Service” by Bill Roper, dean of UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Medicine, vice chancellor for medical affairs and chief executive officer of the UNC Health Care System at UNC-Chapel Hill, and Brad Wilson, president and CEO of Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, at

The special topic presentations planned by Chapel Hill 2020 organizers respond to requests from the stakeholders who are developing the plan for the community’s future. As part of their work in exploring the plan’s key themes, they are gathering information, including demographic, economic and budget data.

One of the first special topic meetings featured Mitch Silver, president of the American Planning Association, who provided much food for thought to help inform the thinking about what Chapel Hill will look like over the next 10 years, and also the next 20 to 30 years. His talk focused on demographic trends that are affecting the entire country and also Chapel Hill. Specifics of Silver’s talk included that by 2050 one in five North Carolinians will be over the age of 65 and that by 2042 the population will be less than 50 percent white.

Tune in for more Special Topics! Coming up …

  • 6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 10: Retail, Housing, and Economic Development in Chapel Hill in the Council Chamber of Chapel Hill Town Hall. Presentation by Dwight Bassett, economic development officer for the Town of Chapel Hill 

One thought on “Catch the online video

  1. Jeanne Brown says:

    Thank you, Rosemary and George, for arranging these special topic presentations. And, thank you to Dave Godschalks for sharing so much helpful and valuable information about trends in Comprehensive Planning and examples of cities, towns and regions that have done an exemplary job in creating their respective plans. I strongly recommend that CH2020 stakeholders watch this presentation before the next theme group meeting next Thursday, if you missed it.
    Following Dave Godschalk’s presentation, council member Jim Ward asked about the amount of time that other cities and towns have taken to develop their Comprehensive Plan. His answer was 1 – 2 years. Chapel Hill allotted just nine months for completion of our plan.
    As a member of the transportation theme group since the fall, I feel that we are just beginning to really have the in-depth discussions that are necessary for such a process – especially at a time when we face new and “uncertain” realities. And yet, the calendar shows that there are just three more working theme group meetings and indicates that a report will be written by May 31. It is my sense that the current time frame is unrealistic and I would like to know how CH2020 work with council and the CH2020 leadership team to extend the process.

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