The CCP (through TLC and the Piedmont Conservation Council) contracted with Robert J. Goldstein & Associates, Inc. (RJG&A) and Biocenosis, Inc. to develop a comprehensive conservation plan for Chatham County (Plan). The Plan developed a process for assembling and synthesizing conservation information and plans for interpretation and public use in local, regional and statewide decision making, and presents a strategic approach to integrate conservation science, landscape ecology, environmental data, and plans into a decision support tool for community action.

Specifically, the Plan:
• documents a community vision for natural resources;
• describes and identifies the importance of local resources;
• addresses impacts and threats to resources;
• outlines preferred management strategies to protect these resources.

Consequently, this Plan enhances the understanding of conservation issues and priorities, and helps the county, along with local, state and federal stakeholders, take action to influence land use and policy decisions.

Funding for this project was received from the Z. Smith Reynolds Foundation, NC Wildlife Action Grant Program (administered by the Triangle Land Conservancy); and the NC Urban and Community Forestry Grant Program (administered by the Piedmont Conservation Council).

MAPS OF IMPORTANT RESOURCES IN CHATHAM COUNTY

Maps have been developed through the planning process to depict areas in Chatham County that are important for biodiversity/wildlife habitat, forest resources, water resources, and agriculture resources. See the Plan Appendixes and Maps page on this site for the most recent maps.

PLAN DOCUMENTS

See the Comprehensive Conservation Plan page on this site for the most recent version of the Plan.

PRESENTATIONS ON THE PLAN

Below are presentations given on the Plan to the CCP, Chatham County advisory boards, the NC Soil and Water Conservation District (Area 3), the Town of Pittsboro, and during community meetings in Pittsboro and Siler City.

Town of Pittsboro Planning Board - November 5, 2012 at Town Hall


Town of Pittsboro Board of Commissioners - June 11, 2012 at Town Hall


Chatham County Environmental Review Board - May 20, 2010 at Dunlap Classroom, Pittsboro


Chatham County Planning Board - June 1, 2010 at Dunlap Classroom, Pittsboro


Chatham County Agriculture Advisory Board - June 8, 2010 at Agriculture Building, Pittsboro


Community Meeting - June 23, 2010 at CCCC, Pittsboro


Community Meeting - June 24, 2010 at Western Chatham Senior Center, Siler City


NC Soil and Water Conservation District Meeting - June 30, 2010 at Western Chatham Senior Center, Siler City


CCP Meeting - July 15, 2010 at CCCC, Pittsboro



Chatham County Board of Commissioners - October 4, 2010 at CCCC Pittsboro Library


INFORMATION ON THE CCP PLAN FOCUS GROUP

The purpose of the CCP Plan Focus Group is to:
  • Assist in identification of goals and measurable objectives
  • Assist in identification of GIS data and other planning information needs and gaps
  • Help establish criteria to prioritize resources and guide GIS analysis to meet those criteria
  • Review analysis results (including maps depicting high-priority habitats, species, and forest resources, and connections between these resources)
  • Review draft Plan as it develops
  • Provide feedback throughout the planning process

Stakeholders with particular expertise, experience and interest are especially encouraged to participate in the CCP Plan Focus Group.

For more information on the Focus Group, please contact Allison Weakley at allison.weakley@ncdenr.gov.

CCP Plan Listserve


To receive updates on Focus Group meetings and activities, please consider joining the CCP Plan Focus Group listserve (ccp-plan@lists.ncsu.edu). If you would like to subscribe (or unsubscribe) to the listserve, please follow these instructions:

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UNSUBSCRIBE
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Focus Group Meetings


FOCUS GROUP MEETING #1 - Oct 22, 2009, 1:30-4:30pm, CCCC Multipurpose Room
RJG&A Presentation

Minutes

Rare Species/Habitats (tracked as element occurrences by the NC Natural Heritage Program) - November 2009 draft

State Wildlife Action Plan (SWAP) Priority Species, Habitats, and River Basins in Chatham - November 2009 draft

Plans, Policies and Ordinances - November 20009 draft

GIS Data Catalogue - November 2009 draft


FOCUS GROUP MEETING #2 - Nov 20, 2009, 10-12noon, CCCC Multipurpose Room
RJG&A Presentation


Minutes


See above (under Focus Group Meeting #1 - November drafts) for data/information discussed during the November meeting, including Rare Species, SWAP Priority Species, SWAP Priority Habitats (crosswalk with NCGAP, Forest Types, and Natural Communities), and Plans, Policies and Ordinances. Updates to these lists will be added in the near future.

FOCUS GROUP MEETING #3 - Dec 17, 10-12noon, TLC's Irvin Farm

Minutes


Legend for Biodiversity and Wildlife Habitat Assessment (NC Conservation Planning Tool [CPT] - Chapter 4, pg. 24)

Data Sources for Biodiversity and Wildlife Habitat Assessment (CPT Appendix B-1)


FOCUS GROUP MEETING #4 - Jan 21, 2010, 1:30-3:30pm, CCCC Multipurpose Room
RJG&A Presentation

Minutes

Rare Species - Jan 2010 draft

SWAP Priority Species (and Habitats) - Jan 2010 draft


Plans, Policies and Ordinances - Jan 2010 draft

Conservation Layers/Values - Jan 2010 draft


FOCUS GROUP MEETING #5 - February 23, 2010, 1-3pm, CCCC Multipurpose Room

RJG&A Presentation

Minutes

Rare Species - Feb 2010 draft

SWAP Priority Species (and Habitats) - Feb 2010 draft

Significant Natural Hertitage Areas (SNHAs)

Goals and Objectives - Plan Development


FOCUS GROUP MEETING #6 - April 15, 2010, 1:30-3:30pm, CCCC Multipurpose Room

RJG&A Presentation

Minutes


Discussion Notes - Technical Session: Geology and Soils Analysis (April 3, 2010)

Goals and Objectives - Plan Development

Conservation Layers/Values - April 2010 draft

Metadata for Conservation Layers/Values - April 2010 draft


FOCUS GROUP MEETING #7 - July 15, 2010, 1:30-3:30pm, CCCC Multipurpose Room

Conservation Layers/Values - July 2010 draft2 (zoom in to view)