Community Planning Academy

Community Planning Academy 2022




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the idea for the planet Academy came out
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of an internal and external audit the
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planning department did a few years ago
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to try and better understand what we're
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doing well and where we could make some
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improvements and so the idea of helping
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residents better understand what
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planning is and how they can get
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involved was something that we heard
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loud and clear and decided to set up an
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academy as a response to that need I
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want to say a couple things about my
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personal goals for this so as Mandy said
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this is a new initiative one is about
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learning and sort of the basic notion
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that you know we're here we're going to
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present you guys are gonna learn a bunch
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of stuff and so you know that's going to
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happen and hopefully you get something
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out of it but I suspect and I hope that
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we're actually a staff gonna learn a lot
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more than you will because for thus this
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is about trying to get a better sense of
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how we should be communicating in the
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public and in the community so this is a
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testing ground for us I like the city I
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like the city is doing this class
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because it's essentially saying help us
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help you and taking feedback from people
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and how they want to live in Charlotte
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and then making that a reality through
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planning and zoning second it's about
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relationships initially it's going to be
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the relationships between us and you
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this first class and it's important to
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kind of build that and we will hopefully
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have those be lasting relationships so
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as you go back out into your communities
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in your neighborhoods we will then be a
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resource that you know you have a name
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to a face we have an opportunity to
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continue that over a long period of time
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I am impressed that they have opened up
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this planning gap because it's going to
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allow everybody to start getting idea of
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how planning works and how we can shape
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the city for the better
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I think the planning process has to have
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a relationship with the community
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or it it doesn't work it doesn't reach
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the highest level of public planning
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public policy you really can't do it
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without us in the last thing which is
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sort of the bigger vision which is
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really about a dialogue about the future
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of Charlotte the only way to do that is
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to is to have one-on-one kinds of
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conversations and small conversations
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and then build kind of an informed
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dialogue about where we want to go as an
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economic developer I'd like to attract
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more visitors to our town I'd also like
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to provide more jobs and housing choices
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close to downtown and while growth is
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important I believe we need to protect
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our towns historic character and
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identity this is a forum hopefully that
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we can share information two ways and
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and this should be a continuing dialogue
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through all the sessions or all the
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classes that we have set up it really
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wants to be a way for us to be thinking
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big about what we want Charlotte to be
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like one of the things we need to do to
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strengthen our neighborhoods to think
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about how we manage and deal with growth
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we were growing fast as you know there's
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a lot of challenging and interesting
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issues that we have to face and the
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other way we do that is with a really
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informed relationship with the community

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[Music]
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the idea for the planet Academy came out
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of an internal and external audit the
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planning department did a few years ago
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to try and better understand what we're
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doing well and where we could make some
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improvements but we were very pleasantly
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surprised with the number of applicants
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and very happy with the number of people
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who committed to participating for the
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entire duration of the program so I was
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motivated to join the class because I've
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seen a lot of development happening in
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my neighborhood and it sort of felt like
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it was so top down and just happening to
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the neighborhood and not really engaging
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the neighborhood in the process of its
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own development and I felt like I just
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in some ways was helpless for that whole
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cycle and maybe it was because I just
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was ignorant to the whole process so I
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wanted to take this class to be better
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informed about how I can make an impact
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in my own neighborhood and shaping its
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development oh I absolutely love the
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historical part of it you know just
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learning how the city came about and
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where we were and where we're going that
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my favorite thing was probably the
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history of it history of Charlotte my
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expectations of the pilot program
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planning Academy I think we're basically
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centered around how would I best be able
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to serve the community in which I reside
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and they nailed it in terms of providing
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me with adequate information that was
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user-friendly and I found it to be most
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advantageous for the last class we
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wanted to do something fun to kind of
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summarize the major themes that we
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learned throughout the year and the idea
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of a scavenger hunt came up something
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that we could use to both review the
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ideas but also have a little fun and
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celebrate together so for the scavenger
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hunt they were given five challenges and
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to find a sight that met the criteria
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peeps challenged so for example one was
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to find one location that has three
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different modes of transportation and my
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opinion shows the land transportation
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because of that location there's most
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random jobs recycle share programs and
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also sidewalk for pedestrians so they
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took a picture of the site and then they
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had to answer short question about why
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diversification network was important to
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our community so I would recommend this
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class to people who are interested in
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the process and also people who are
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interested in influencing the design of
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their community
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