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File #: 20-208    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Agendas Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 5/12/2020 In control: Board of Aldermen
On agenda: 5/26/2020 Final action:
Title: Request-to-set a Public Hearing on Text Amendments to the Land Use Ordinance to Establish a Climate Action and Environmental Sustainability Commission PURPOSE: The purpose of this agenda item is for the Town Council to consider setting a public hearing on text amendments to the Land Use Ordinance that would establish a new Climate Action and Environmental Sustainability Commission as an update to the existing Environmental Advisory Board. The Town Council must receive public input prior to making a decision.
Attachments: 1. Attachment A - Resolution_CAESC, 2. Attachment B - Draft Ordinance Establishing CAESC_05-22-2020, 3. Attachment C - EAB Advisory Board Recommendations 5-7-20
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Request-to-set a Public Hearing on Text Amendments to the Land Use Ordinance to Establish a Climate Action and Environmental Sustainability Commission
PURPOSE: The purpose of this agenda item is for the Town Council to consider setting a public hearing on text amendments to the Land Use Ordinance that would establish a new Climate Action and Environmental Sustainability Commission as an update to the existing Environmental Advisory Board. The Town Council must receive public input prior to making a decision.
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DEPARTMENT: Town Manager, Planning

CONTACT INFORMATION: David Andrews - 919-918-7315, dandrews@townofcarrboro.org; Christina Moon - 919-918-7327, cmoon@townofcarrboro.org; Patricia McGuire - 919-918-7325, pmcguire@townofcarrboro.org;

INFORMATION: At the February 4, 2020 Town Council meeting, the Council received a presentation on possible adjustments to the scope of duties of the Environmental Advisory Board, Planning Board and Appearance Commission in conjunction with shifting Climate Action Plan implementation to the Town Manager's office. (Agenda materials are available at https://carrboro.legistar.com/LegislationDetail.aspx?ID=4321599&GUID=39F32F62-F173-47A0-8FF5-7DCAB95CABA2&Options=&Search=.)

The Council directed staff to consult with the advisory boards on the proposed framework/adjustments. Staff met with the three advisory boards, mentioned above, (EAB, PB & AC), in March and again in April/May for discussion and feedback. Some members of the Planning Board and Appearance Commission expressed reservations related to the possible changes, but were willing to proceed with the expectation that they would be provided appropriate training, assistance, and support. All of the boards noted the importance of advancing the implementation of the Community Climate Action Plan and the need for environmental review in the review of developments and changes to regulations.

A draft ordinance has been prepared (Attachment B). I...

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