Planning Tools: Work Session with the Pittsboro Board of Commissioners

October 8, 2015 4:00 - 6:30 pm

Town Hall, Pittsboro NC

Work session to discuss recommendations made by the Conservation Ordinance Review Committee (CORC). The CORC was formed to support the Planning Tools Project in developing recommendations on optional provisions within the Model Natural Resource Conservation Ordinance and the Model Tree Protection Ordinance. Work session agenda, model ordinances, summary reports, and recommendations are listed below.

CCP's New Video is online

Check it out: CCP video

CCP Events on Google Calendar: CCP Calendar

CCP's Exploring Nature in Chatham Series - see photos of past events: Exploring NatureMore CCP Photos

Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) joined with the Chatham Conservation Partnership (CCP) to offer this popular series of guided field trips to help promote conservation of Chatham's natural resources and the college's Ecotourism program. Events have an environmental education focus, highlight Chatham County's natural resources, and provide opportunities for birding, canoeing, and hiking while emphasizing the importance of conserving natural resources. Trips are open to the general public but please call 919-545-8044 to register in advance since minimum age restrictions or maximum group size may apply. Bring your binoculars for wildlife viewing and camera to take advantage of opportunities for nature photography.
Contact Gretchen Smith for more information about this series.

"Through Their Lens: Chatham County" Photo Exhibit 2012 - 2013

After a successful debut at the NC Arts Incubator PAF Gallery in Siler City, our photo exhibit was on display at Galloway Ridge in Pittsboro and the Central Carolina Community College campus in Siler City.

Chatham Conservation Partnership sponsored this photography exhibition as a way to raise awareness and appreciation for conservation efforts and the value of Chatham County's natural resources. Opening night reception for "Through Their Lens: Chatham County" was during Siler City's Third Friday Artwalk on August 17th from 6:00 to 9:00 PM. Many thanks to our volunteer installation team for setting up the exhibit at the NC Arts Incubator PAF Gallery in Siler City: David Blevins, Susan Kelemen, Judy Pick, Anna and Keith Readling, Simon and Gretchen Smith. See David's photo of the volunteer team on our Flickr site: Install Team Photo

The exhibit was composed of 60 images created between April 21 and June 16, 2012 by participants of a photography workshop conducted by David Blevins, co-author of Wild North Carolina. Blevins is an award winning freelance nature photographer and forest ecologist. His third book, Wild North Carolina, is an introduction to the diversity and significance of North Carolina's natural communities. The exhibition was a collaboration, not a competition, among 23 local photographers of all skill levels. Images in the exhibit include landscapes, plants, and wildlife. Some participants explored countywide to find subject matter for their images, while others found their subject right in their own backyard. The diversity of the participants and their subjects illustrates the diversity of Chatham's natural resources.

Contact Gretchen Smith for more information about the exhibit. Read David Blevins' blog comments about the workshop and exhibition at David Blevins Photography Blog.
Special thanks to our co-sponsors Triangle Land Conservancy and Sierra Club Orange-Chatham Group. In-kind sponsors included David Blevins Photography, JW Photo Lab of Raleigh, and Central Carolina Community College.

Earth Day Celebration 2011: Let’s Talk Trash! See photos and videos of 2011 event here: Photos VideosMore Videos

Chatham families and businesses were invited to Central Carolina Community College - Pittsboro Campus on April 30th from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm for a unique event to have some fun and learn about all the fantastic options we have to reduce, reuse, recycle, compost, and properly dispose of items in the county. Information was shared on the many litter prevention and clean-up initiatives taking place and ways to get involved. The event included exhibits, demonstrations, speakers, children’s activities, food and more. A paper shredding service was offered to help residents destroy and recycle private documents safely and securely. Can Guy, Dottie Bottle & Beauty-Fly made a special appearance!

Speakers addressed questions like…What happens to the things we throw away and who pays? How many local jobs are supported when people choose to reuse, recycle, or compost stuff instead of throwing it away? How can we reduce the amount of waste we generate and the costs associated with disposal? What types of disposal are safe, and legal? Who in our community really needs our unwanted stuff or hard to recycle items, and would love to collect it before we toss it in the trash?

Event sponsored by: Chatham Conservation Partnership, Chatham County Solid Waste Management, and Central Carolina Community College.

More information at Let's Talk Trash Earth Day Celebration

Chatham County Enhances Online GIS Mapping & Information
Posted Date:
7/10/2008 9:45 AM

Date: July 10, 2008
Contact : Jeremy Poss, 919-545-8469

Chatham County residents should find it easier and faster to access even more maps and information using the county's new Geographic Information Systems (GIS) website. The GIS online address remains the same (****), but you also can easily access it from a button link on the county's homepage (****).

"While our web address has not changed, the GIS website has a totally new look and offers new benefits for users," said Jeremy Poss, GIS specialist. "We were able to use free OpenSource software to build the new website and host our own site, which has saved the county $20,000-$40,000 in software costs and annual fees."

All users should find that it is faster to use, thanks to a fas! ter server, and those with different web browsers should find the new site more compatible. "If you had problems in the past, give the new site a try," Poss said.

Poss said that his department recognizes that Chatham County has a strong base of GIS system users who rely on access to accurate, current GIS information. "We also know that GIS data is essential for effective planning and management of infrastructure, such as water systems and schools, as well as natural resources. It is a critical resource for decision making in all of these areas."

The main enhancement is improved online mapping, Poss said. Users can get to the new mapping function on the main GIS web page by using the first link under GIS Links (left-side menu) or they can click on the linked aerial map in the lower part of the center column. Users also can bookmark the following address to go directly to mapping: ****.
The enhanced mapping website includes access to nearly 80 data layers in folders organized by county functions (Planning, Environmental Health, etc.) or by themes (Addressing, Census, etc.). The site also has aerial photos for 2007, 2002 and 1997 as well as data related to the work of the county's Environmental Review and Chatham Conservation Partnership.
"Users will find numerous layers related to conservation planning and natural resources, including soil classifications, water resources, and land owned or managed by the conservation groups and state or federal agencies," Poss added.

When visiting the new mapping website, users can take advantage of new features. The Tasks Button in the upper right menu bar allows the user to not only select search parcels by owner name, address or parcel number (also called AKPAR), but to also to use the advanced Query Layers search. Query Layers allows users to search parcels by a new range of criteria, such as acreage or fair market value.

Other new features are described below:
  • A new parcel buffer tool (located on the right side of the menu bar) allows users to create a buffer around a parcel and download a text file of adjacent parcels within the buffer area. This file can be used to print mailing labels to notify property owners about a proposed rezoning in their neighborhood. Businesses also will find this tool useful, said Poss.
  • Users can download and print parcel maps and property record files in PDF format.
Enhanced GIS mapping is not the only new feature, Poss said. The main GIS webpage (****) includes important links:
  • NC OneMap, the state's GIS mapping website, which has GIS information and maps for many local governments across the state as well as federal agency data;
  • Chatham County's FTP server, where users can download specific layers of GIS data as well as tax data files and project files;
  • The Tax Office's online Tax Records Search;
  • The Register of Deeds online Deeds Search;
  • Chatham County's main website.
"Another important feature of the main webpage is a selection of shortcut tabs across the top. These take you quickly to some of the most popular GIS functions," Poss said.
  • The Downloads Tab takes users to a page with the most commonly requested GIS download files, such as tax data files and the list of county roads.
  • The Maps Gallery Tab is a link to popular GIS maps in PDF form, which can be viewed or downloaded. The election district map for county commissioners and road maps (from 1944 and 2007) are examples of maps that can be found in the gallery.
The News Section** will update users on GIS-related news. The page also has a place for users to submit questions or comments, located on the right side of the page.

"The entire process of transitioning to a faster server and adding more layers has taken several months," Poss said. "We still have a few things to adjust, so we greatly appreciate the patience of citizens as we continue to evolve to meet their GIS needs."