Town Council Adopts Chapel Hill 2020, June 25, 2012

The Council adopted the Chapel Hill 2020 comprehensive plan and land use policy guidance document on June 25, 2012.

The Council expressed its gratitude and appreciation to Chapel Hill 2020 co-chairs Rosemary Waldorf and George Cianciolo, and the thousands of citizens who participated over the yearlong process. Described as a “living document,” the community plan has five big ideas:

  1. Implement a bikeable, walkable, green communities plan by 2020.
  2. Create an entrepreneurial enterprise hub in the Rosemary
    Street corridor.
  3. Create entertainment/dining/arts hubs to capitalize on
    Chapel Hill’s strengths as a recreational destination.
  4. Increase the ratio of workforce housing by 2020 and develop a plan for student housing in the community.
  5. Establish a structure to support community and neighborhood engagement in a proactive manner.

Implementation of the plan will include review and analysis of the Action items proposed by the community participants as well as follow-up work on land use and zoning changes.

Implementation will continue the high level of engagement and community participation that characterized the Chapel Hill 2020 process.

Read the Chapel Hill 2020 Plan:

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  1. Thinking globally, acting locally and defining sustainability Â

    The Norman Transcript

    June 24, 2012

    NORMAN – Editor, The Transcript:

    My opinion is that the current global recession will not end until human societies change. Very difficult, given the nature of political systems and the human condition.

    Global human population tripled during the 20th century and is currently near 7 billion. Human population diminishes the planetary resource base, increases demand and prices, and is a cause of the present global recession. Nevertheless, global human population is presently increasing by about 80 million annually. Norman and the United States as a whole have contributed. The U.S. human population quadrupled during the 20th century and continues to increase today. Norman’s population was about 27,000 in 1950, 52,000 in 1970, 97,000 in 2000, and was 111,000 in 2010.

    None of this population increase seems enough for Chambers of Commerce in Norman, in Oklahoma, and across our land. In The Norman Transcript on June 19th, John Woods, current chair of the Norman C of C, called for us to “build a community of economic success, strong quality of life amenities that attract the next generation of young professionals and families to help fund the critical components of our city that we all care about. We need to begin a dialogue…” This letter is an effort to contribute to that dialogue. My view is that we already have the above listed attributes in Norman and that CofCs call for more growth is detrimental.

    One of our City Councilors recently said to me, “If you don’t grow, you rot.” This reminds of another local issue, NEDA, which is treated here only by implication. In my opinion, the City Councilor’s opinion is true only for cultural growth. Human numbers and society are past the point that physical growth becomes detrimental. Furthermore, all forms of physical growth are not sustainable, though often so-called. Malthus spoke more than a century ago to an imbalance between population growth and food supply, an imbalance detrimental to human welfare. Forty-five years ago, Paul Ehrlich wrote The Population Bomb, and Hardin published a collection of numerous papers with dire predictions. These authors were not mistaken, but they were premature because they did not and could not anticipate effects of burgeoning technology, which has greatly facilitated extraction of resources.

    Technology does not contradict science; technology is science in application. The increased rate of resource extraction and still rising human populations are grave threats to future human welfare. But, what can we do? What should we do?

    One action that should be helpful would be for CofCs to renounce population growth as an appropriate objective and to devote their intelligence and efforts to formulation of a healthful alternate paradigm of true sustainability.

    Edwin Kessler

    Norman, Oklahoma

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