Council receives Community Action Plan update; approves North Tryon Vision Plan including Charlotte Convention Center improvements

Ashley Simmons
asimmons@charlottenc.gov
1/10/2017

Charlotte, NC (Jan. 9, 2017) ​Charlotte City Council received an update on the Community Action Plan during Monday’s city council dinner briefing meeting that included status of city staff work plans, assessment of the community input model and an outline of upcoming engagement opportunities. 

 
Assistant City Manager Debra Campbell spearheads the Community Action Plan on behalf of the city and shared current efforts to support council action adopted Oct. 10, 2016 to address the following priorities: 

  • Safety, Trust & Accountability
  • Access to safe, quality and affordable housing
  • Good paying jobs
  • New programs and program expansions

Some highlights covered included:

  • There will be continued pop-up conversations with community members.
  • 2017 Community Safety forums launch Feb. 1.
  • CMPD will begin hosting transparency workshops in January 2017. The workshops are three-day training events that provide community members with an understanding of CMPD’s processes, services and operations.
  • The Police Foundation will begin its assessment in February 2017.
  • The city will release request for proposals to develop a Strategic Housing Plan next month with the goal of creating 5,000 workforce and affordable housing units over the next three years.

Other Council Actions

​City Council approved the North Tryon Vision Plan, designed to spur growth in the area of Uptown bordering 6th Street, Church Street, Caldwell Street and 11th Street. The plan recommends the development of a unique district to attract and retain creative industry, innovative arts and cultural institutions. A copy of the plan can be found here. 

Council also approved the allocation of $1.6 million in funds for a schematic design of proposed improvements to the Charlotte Convention Center. Managed by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA), the 21-year-old facility would benefit from enhanced meeting and breakout spaces, technology upgrades and the creation of pedestrian-friendly connections between the convention center and Center City. 
 
Additionally, Council received an update to consider proposed revisions to the city’s Passenger Vehicle for Hire (PVH) Ordinance. Revisions include modifications to criminal background check procedures, citations, review of appeals and enforcement by the PVH office. Council will be asked to approve the revised PVH Ordinance during the Jan. 23 council business meeting.