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Concord Weekly Update - March 2, 2018

Friday, March 2, 2018

Please note: the original version of this week's CityLink Newsletter had an error related to the date of the Planning Department's federal HUD program public hearing. The correct date is reflected in this version, Monday, March 12. We apologize for any confusion.


Did you know?
Did you know the City of Concord uses biodiesel to displace 60,000 gallons of diesel fuel each year? Find out more about more about how the Fleet Services department helps keep our operations sustainable at concordnc.gov.

City Council to hold public hearing on 2030 Land Use Plan on Tuesday, March 6
The City of Concord invites the public to review the draft of the document that will guide the development of the community over the next 10-15 years. The draft 2030 Land Use Plan is now available for review at concordnc.gov/2030. With the assistance of Tindale Oliver, Planning and Neighborhood Development staff have been working to update the City's Land Use Plan to provide the framework for land use and development through the year 2030. The existing Land Use Plan, referred to as the 2015 Land Use Plan, was created in 2004 and updated in 2007. The final plan will guide City officials as they develop future budgets, plan infrastructure and other services, make important land use decisions, and revise current policies within the Concord Development Ordinance. The draft documents also include a preliminary implementation schedule. The City Council will hold a Public Hearing on the 2030 Land Use Plan on Tuesday, March 6 at 4:00 p.m. at the regularly scheduled March City Council Work Session. Find out more at concordnc.gov.

How Will Federal Housing Funds Help Your Community?
Every year, the City of Concord develops a plan for how it will use federal funding received from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership programs. To gain public input and recommendations on how the City of Concord should spend its federal HUD dollars for the 2018-2019 fiscal year, the City will host a public hearing on Monday, March 12 at 6:00 p.m. in City Hall Council Chambers located at 35 Cabarrus Avenue W. Your participation in the development of the Consolidated Action Plan process will help ensure that the housing needs of Concord’s citizens are addressed. For more information, please contact Pepper Bego at begop@concordnc.gov or 704-920-5133.

Concord Fire Department to perform fire hydrant maintenance
Over the course of the next six months the Concord Fire Department will perform annual maintenance checks on all City of Concord fire hydrants. This will include removing the caps, greasing the threads, and exercising the operating valve on over 5,000 hydrants to ensure water can be obtained should the need arise. Customers who experience discolored water should allow a faucet to run until it clears up. Please contact the Customer Care Center at 704-920-5555 with any questions or concerns.

ClearWater Artist Studios presents: fourth annual Sun Drop Pound Cake Portrait Paint-off
The fourth annual Sun Drop Pound Cake Portrait Paint-Off will be held in ClearWater Artist Studios Main Gallery on Saturday, March 10 from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. During this exciting event, featured painters are given the Challenge of live painting in a spectator-sport setting, nudging them with a short time limit and an audience, to shift how they work. Attendees have the opportunity to watch blank canvases brought to life before their eyes, by some of the most talented portrait-painters in the region. For more information contact Sarah Gay, ClearWater Artist Studios Manager at 704-784-9535 or clearwatermgr@gmail.com. ClearWater Artist Studios is located is 223 Crowell Drive NW in Gibson Village. For details and weekly hours, see clearwaterartists.com; the CW Facebook Page, or call the office at 704-784-9535.

CDDC's annual Concord on Canvas event celebrates local artists
Each year, the Concord Downtown Development Corporation (CDDC) celebrates the local arts community with the annual Concord on Canvas event. Over $1,000 is raised annually for the participating high school art departments of Cabarrus County. This year 19 high school student artists and 21 local professional artists have prepared original works of art that are being featured and sold at the event. Banners displaying the original artwork that is up for auction are on display now along Union Street in Downtown Concord through March 10. Online bidding is underway and continues until the live auction on Friday, March 9. More information on this event, including links to online bidding and ticket purchasing may be found at ConcordDowntown.com.

Coming March 19: Rider's Concord Charlotte Express regional bus service
Rider Transit is launching the new Concord Charlotte Express regional bus route on Monday, March 19. This new express service will connect the Rider Transit Center, CFA Village/Big Lots Park and Ride, and the new Charlotte Area Transit System (CATS) JW Clay Boulevard Station on the LYNX Blue Line Extension. This service, run by Rider Transit and the Cities of Concord and Kannapolis, in partnership with CATS and the City of Charlotte, will be the first all-day, seven-day-a-week regional express service in our area. It will provide easy access to and from Charlotte to provide residents and visitors expanded access to employment, medical, entertainment, and educational options. The service will launch with free rides for the first two weeks—March 19 through April 1—visit tryccx.com to find out more.

Parks and Recreation highlights
Please see the Spring 2018 issue of Leisure Times for a full list of programs offered by the Parks and Recreation Department.

Wild Child: Nature Exploration
Do you have a WILD child? Concord Parks and Rec has the perfect (free) program for youngsters ages 8 and older to be "wild," have fun, and learn a little bit about nature! Wild Child: Nature Exploration meets Tuesdays at 5:00 p.m. at the McGee Park shelter (219 Corban Avenue E) on March 6 and 20, April 10 and 24, and May 8. The final program meets on the McEachern Greenway Extension on May 22. Register today and find out more at concordparksandrec.org.

City of Concord upcoming meetings
Unless otherwise noted, location is the Council Chamber of City Hall, 35 Cabarrus Avenue W.

March
6 at 4:00 p.m. City Council work session
8 at 6:00 p.m.
City Council regular session
14 at 7:00 p.m.
Historic Preservation Commission
20 at 6:00 p.m.
Planning and Zoning Commission

Stay Connected!
Visit the City's website for the latest information and updates at concordnc.gov. Check out our page on Facebook and our other interactive features!

Have you experienced great service from Team Concord?
If you have had an experience from our team that left an impact, we hope you'll let us know so we can recognize that coworker with a "High 5 for Excellent Service." You can get started by visiting concordnc.gov/High5 or call 704-920-6400 to submit your acknowledgement over the phone.

Peter Franzese
Public Affairs and Projects Manager
City of Concord
franzese@concordnc.gov
704-920-5210 office