NoDa Neighbors & Businesses,
We are already four months into 2019. Winter seems to have finally left, and NoDa patios are bursting with neighbors and visitors enjoying the spring weather.
While we are still early into the year, the NoDa Neighborhood and Business Association (NBA) board and volunteers have been busy working towards the 2019 goals the association set in February.
Of all of the progress so far this year, I think I am most excited about the revival of some previously defunct committees.
- NoDaRioty: Board member Sema Yap and former NoDa News editor Jillian Mueller are heading up the revamped NoDaRioty committee. After only two meetings, participation is high, and creative ideas are abundant. Keep an eye out for some of their projects coming to both neighborhood and street.
- NoDa Business Council: The re-established Business Council has over fifteen business members (twice as many as last year) and is meeting monthly to define and execute common goals. Initial conversations have focused on uniting neighborhood businesses, continuing to build NoDa’s brand as the Arts & Entertainment district, and bringing new cross-business events to the neighborhood. Thank you to board member Matt Alvis for bringing these businesses together.
- NoDaWEEN: Planning, led by board member Julianne Kiro, is in full swing. They are bringing back the Freaky 5K costume race and working hard to bring an awesome NoDaWEEN to the neighborhood in October.
In February, the Board also talked about our plans to refresh the NoDa Vision Plan. The 2010 document has been instrumental in guiding our growth over the past decade, especially during a time of increased attention from developers due to Charlotte’s economic growth and the Lynx Blue Line. As a long-term planning tool, it is important for us to revisit the plan from time to time to ensure it considers recent changes and is effectively guiding our future.
As you may have heard, the City of Charlotte is also working to develop a “Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan.” This document will be developed over the next two years and is intended to guide what projects the city approves, where development can occur, and what neighborhoods will look like at the end of the next stage of the city’s growth.
The city’s focus on the 2040 Plan and other efforts, like Charlotte’s Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) and state-designated “opportunity zones,” make it even more important that NoDa is planning for its own future.
Our revived Vision Committee, led by board member Kevin Sutton, is re-establishing a platform for residents, businesses, and other stakeholders (like neighboring communities) to talk about their hopes for the future of NoDa. During the last association meeting, Kevin led an exercise for association members to provide their thoughts on what they want NoDa to be in 2040. If you were unable to participate, but want to send your thoughts, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, if you are interested in learning more or joining a committee, check out our committee webpage on this site.
We hope to see you at the NoDa NBA meetings on the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 pm at Heist Brewing. We recognize that the spring and summer bring many conflicts and competing priorities, so don’t forget that latest updates can always be found at www.noda.org. Or, you can always reach out to me directly at email@example.com.
Your NoDa NBA President,
– Jacob Horr