Coronavirus (COVID-19) Planner Resources

 

 

 

Communities throughout the region have been impacted by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and Centralina COG is here to assist.  The purpose of this page is to highlight resources that may useful to local government planners as we work through the challenges, and potential opportunities, stemming from the COVID-19 outbreak.

 

This page will be updated often as new information, training opportunities, and other resources become available.

 

Conducting Virtual Meetings

During COVID-19, how do you remain physically distant and conduct public hearings and meetings to remain in compliance with state law and local ordinances?  Written specifically for NC Planning Boards and Boards of Adjustment, this paper also includes guidance on technology resources, practical tips and lessons learned when conducting virtual meetings.  This is not meant to be an accounting of all possible technologies, but rather provides a few options for communities to consider and weigh against their own needs.

Access the document here: White Paper for North Carolina Planning Boards and Boards of Adjustment: Holding Virtual Public Meetings-Updated

 

Checklist for Hosting Successful Virtual Meetings

What should you be doing before, during, and after the virtual meeting to ensure its success?  See step-by-step procedures meant to create a smooth, stress-free and valuable experience for staff, officials, and residents. Also, there is a table that translates in-person event activities to virtual meeting software abilities that may be useful as you pick which software to use for your meeting needs.

Access the document here: A Checklist for Hosting Successful Virtual Meetings

 

100 Great Community Engagement Ideas

The fundamentals of community engagement are applicable, whether engaging in person or through other means.  Check out these tips, tricks, and best practices to help guide planners to better results!

Access the document here: 100 Great Community Engagement Ideas