This year-long community discussion is formulating the goals of the Town of Carrboro for the next 20 years. The 1st draft was published on September 17; the 2nd draft was published on November 12. This weekend I probably won’t have the time to update the material below to the 2nd draft since I am out on the block talking to folks before Tuesday. As of Saturday afternoon I’ve probably talked to around 30 people and no one has heard of Carrboro Connects that I can recall.
Below are the 12 most relevant places and passages in the 1st draft for the Fidelity tract. While reading these keep in mind that approximately 500 people live within a 5 minute walk of this space, and that perhaps another 500 people live within a 10 minute walk. Also keep in mind that all 3 of Carrboro’s large green parks are north of Main Street.
The ten visions stated on pp.9-10 are the first substantive statements made in this 196 page document; they summarize the overarching priorities for the Town.
** On p.10 in Chapter 1 (Introduction/Parks) the 10th Vision states “All people in Carrboro, of all races and backgrounds, will have safe and equitable access to recreational and cultural opportunities, including a connected network of parks, green space, and trails.”
** On p.9 in Chapter 1 (Introduction/Land Use) the 1st Vision states “Promote equitable and sustainable use of land and natural resources that promote the diversity, values and character of the Town.“
** On p.134 in Chapter 7 (Parks) this tract is near the center of the dark purple area identified by the ParkServe Map of “Future Park Priority Areas” as being “Very high priority”. (It is under the first ‘r’ in ‘Carrboro’.)
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** On p.122 in Chapter 7 (Parks), Key Finding #1 states “Only 27% of Carrboro residents live within a half-mile (roughly a 10-minute walk) of a Town park, and higher-income residents have better physical access to parks (31% live within a 10-minute walk).”
** On p.9 in Chapter 1 (Introduction/Climate Action and Environment) the 4th Vision states “Environment – Preserve, protect, and restore natural areas and ecologically sensitive and productive areas through all feasible means. Plans and policies will improve equity by increasing the community’s access to experiencing natural places, especially for those who currently have less access.“
** On p.10 in Chapter 1 (Introduction/Climate Action and Environment) the 6th Vision states “Green Infrastructure – Carrboro routinely prioritizes green infrastructure over grey infrastructure, throughout the town and ETJ, to enhance ecosystems and improve vibrancy and quality of life in the community.”
** On p.132 in Chapter 7 (Parks), Strategy 2.1 states “Strive for a park, play field, or other green space within walking distance (e.g. half-mile or 15-minute walk) and physically accessible to all residents in Carrboro. (Source: Vision 2020)
a) Prioritize access for Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC), immigrants, and other underserved communities in siting new park and recreation facilities or improving access to existing parks and facilities, including the number of entrances, access points, and safe pathways to existing facilities, allowing more residents to be able to walk to a park.
** On p.49 of Chapter 4 (Climate Action and Environment), Key Finding #4 states “From 2000 to 2009, extreme heat was the leading cause of weather-related deaths in the U.S. Extreme heat degrades air quality.” UHI page
** On p.9 in Chapter 1 (Introduction/Climate Action and Environment) the 3rd Vision states “The Town prioritizes strategies to increase the resilience of BIPOC, low-income, and other residents who are disproportionately impacted by climate change.” Putting more grave stones and cemetery structures into our meadow will exacerbate our Fidelity urban heat island, heating up the air next to the affordable Hillmont condos. UHI page
** On p.152 of Chapter 8 (Land Use), Draft Metric #4 states “Increase in amount of land protected for natural resources.“
** On p.163 of Chapter 8 (Land Use), Opportunity #2 states “Proceed with Cemetery planning process in a way that meets the needs of residents for both interment and open space.”
** In contrast to all the ways in which leaving all of this tract as open space or a park would fulfill the goals listed in the 1st draft, in this draft this community has also made clear how much of a priority it assigns to cemeteries via its near-silence on the subject: The word ‘burial’ never appears in it, and the words ‘cemetery’ and ‘interment’ each occur only when staff was forced to include them in the map on p.158 to explain a contradiction within Town Hall.