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County wins planning award thanks to volunteer input

By Larry M. Hicks
Posted Saturday, October 22, 2005

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Pittsboro, NC - I noticed on the County website, that Chatham County has won the top award from the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association for the development of its Compact Community Ordinance. The press release states, "The development of the ordinance involved many long hours of work by the county's Land Use Plan Implementation Committee over nearly two years, with input from hundreds of citizens."

It is nice to know that the LUPIC committee, who put their time, heart and soul into this initiative, have received some recognition, since our Board of Commissioners at the time never did acknowledge the effort. It is interesting to note that this activity was to be the first in a series of initiatives in fleshing out the approved Land Conservation and Development Plan. However, after submitting the LUPIC document of observations and recommendations on the compact community ordinance, no actions have occured since.

In lieu of any thanks from the County, then and now, I'd like to take the opportunity to personally thank the members of the committee, and those in the community, who proactively dedicated thousands of hours in a genuine attempt to begin the implementation of the approved Land Conservation and Development Plan. Your volunteered time and expertise have finally been recognized.

Thank you.

Larry M. Hicks was a former Chairman of Land Use Plan Implementation Committee (LUPIC)

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