Regional Initiatives

Cape Fear Regional Bicycle Plan

The Cape Fear Council of Governments was awarded a planning grant from the North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) to develop a regional comprehensive bicycle transportation plan. The purpose of this plan is to identify opportunities and constraints for bicycling in the Cape Fear region, and to establish recommendations for improvement.

​The Cape Fear Regional Bicycle Plan covers Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, and Pender Counties as well as southern Bladen, western Onslow, and southern Sampson Counties. Click here for a map of the study area in Google Maps. and here for the project website.

 

FOCUS Regional Plan

In 2011, the Lower Cape Fear Sustainable Communities Consortium (FOCUS) formed to support better cooperation among the region’s local governments. The Regional Framework for Our Future is the culmination of nearly three years of work by the consortium’s member organizations to coordinate their planning and create a regional plan for sustainable development, funded by a grant from the US Dept. of Housing and Urban Development. For more information please see http://www.focussenc.org.

Grant Resources:  As a bonus of the FOCUS planning effort, the Cape Fear Council of Governments is pleased to be able to offer additional points for any grant application to DOT, EPA, and HUD for communities or organizations in Brunswick, New Hanover, and Pender counties.  Request points by emailing a completed PSS-Form to Allen Serkin.

Public Engagement Resources: Interactive voting clickers were purchased during the public engagement process and are now available for use. These handheld devices quickly record audience member answers to questions during a variety of meeting, training, and survey activities. The voting pads enables participants to provide meaningful feedback in group settings while offering instant results for presenters. If you wish to utilize the electronic voting clickers please email  Allen Serkin.

NC Tomorrow Plan

NC Tomorrow is an initiative of the North Carolina Association of Regional Councils in partnership with the US Economic Development Administration and the US Department of Housing and Urban Development through the North Carolina Department of Commerce's Community Assistance Division. As part of this initiative, North Carolina's regional councils prepared uniform Regional Comprehensive Economic Development Strategies (CEDS) designed to identify regional priorities for economic and community development. The regional plans served as the foundation for a statewide Strategy for Comprehensive Community and Economic Development intended to function as a blueprint for state efforts to "Build Communities for Tomorrow's Jobs". To access the final report visit http://www.nctomorrow.org and to view the regional report click HERE.

Cape Fear River Trail Map

The Cape Fear River Trail map is a guide to access points along the Cape Fear River between Fayetteville and the Atlantic Ocean to assist in planning a journey to enjoy the miles of unmatched natural beauty ranging from quiet blackwater creeks to tidal marshes to bustling river harbors along one of North Carolina's most significant and intriguing waterways.  The map was produced by the Cape Fear River Reserve Committee and the Cape Fear Council of Governments through a grant by the Adopt-A-Trail program of the North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation, the NC Chapter Soil and Water Society, and Mike Glancy.  Access the map here.