Legislative Committee Update

Author: Chad Meadows, Legislative Committee Chair

Hello NC Planners! 

As Election Day draws near, we wanted to let North Carolina planners know about recent changes with the Legislative Committee.  We are pleased to announce two new Vice Chairs: Nathan Page, Planning Director for Graham, and Phillip Lookadoo, Planning Director for Morganton, have volunteered to serve in leadership roles for the Committee. Additionally, Katie Koffman, an incoming master’s student at the Department of City and Regional Planning at UNC, has volunteered to serve as Committee Secretary. Please be sure and thank them for their service when you see them! 

We have reorganized the Committee structure for 2019 into four different teams, each with a unique function:

General Assembly – The General Assembly team will focus on providing basic information about legislators, their districts, their contact information, and their legislative records with respect to planning issues. This team’s role is to make it easier for Chapter members to track and stay in contact with their representatives.

Legislation – The Legislation team focuses on tracking pending bills in the General Assembly and making sure that Chapter members are aware of legislation that is helpful or harmful to planning in North Carolina.  This team’s role is to ensure Chapter membership is aware of pending bills and has the tools to respond as needed.

Public Information – The Public Information team is charged with helping legislators, the press, and residents of North Carolina better understand what planning is, why it’s important, and how it contributes to our shared quality of life.  This team’s role is to prepare talking points and short information pieces for Chapter members to use in explaining planning to others (especially legislators).

Affordable Housing – The Affordable Housing team will assist the Chapter’s new Affordable Housing Committee in identifying and advocating for new legislation to promote the provisions of affordable housing across the state.  This team’s role is to advocate for new and better legislation to address housing needs for all North Carolinians.

If the work of one of these teams is of interest to you, please get in touch with me, Nathan, or Phillip.  We would LOVE to have your help as we work on these important issues.

We are also working on a strategic plan to guide the work of the Legislative Committee in the coming years.  Goals for the plan including growing the Committee’s membership and increasing its relevance to Chapter members.  Work on the plan will progress through the first part of 2019 and will culminate in a series of Committee-related events at the conference in Wilmington in October 2019.  We will be posting more details on the plan as it is developed.

Finally, please be sure to get out there on November 6 (or before) and vote.  Thanks for all you do for our state!