Community Development Division serves the City through the Planning & Development Department by promoting neighborhood revitalization, economic vitality, safe and healthy housing, environmental sustainability, and the application of planning principals to building a resilient community.
Please contact us for more information or to express interest in partnering with Community Development in enhancing Monroe as a city that embraces community and plans for the future.
Community Development represents the City in the regional federal grant consortium as well as other committees and work councils. Community Development is responsible for the Annual Action Plan, which includes communities and non-residential partners, to develop and implement strategies for public facility improvements, land development, single-family housing rehabilitation development, multi-family housing, beautification, revitalization, and economic development. As Community Development develops and implements policy through the code of ordinances, strategic planning, and research and development of action plans, resident input will be welcomed. Continue to check this page to find out about opportunities for participation, The Division regularly facilitates and conducts workshops and other planning outreach activities to develop strategies and recommendations that create economic vitality, revitalization, and community placemaking.
Shepherd's Place and Scattered Site Revitalization Project Volunteerism and Partnership Project - June 17, 2018. What a success with our volunteers from Mission Serve, The City of Monroe wants to recognize our city department and community partners and thank you for your spirit of volunteerism. We are lookng for additional partners for masonry, foundation, and final trades,cabinets, and much more. A video of our celebration ceremony will be posted soon. We encourage you to thank our partners in the endeavor to repair housing and create safe housing, more partners will be added as contributions are made. This project was made possible through the Community Development Stakeholder's Committee, City's Water and Sewer Department, City's Engineering Department, City's Building Inspection and Permit Divisions, City of Monroe Mayor & City Council and partners like you. Six owner occupied houses for low to moderate income households and two scattered site children's home are the beneficiaries of this collaboration. We need additional partners to work on trades at the scattered site children's home, adding new partners daily. A ribbon cutting is anticipated in September, 2018.
Monroe Union County Community Development Center In partnership with the City of Monroe, this offers down-payment assistance for income-eligible households to develop land that the City partnered in acquisition. Contact the CDC at (704) 283-9814 for more information. We are looking forward to expanding our partnership with the CDC to proposing the expansion of assistance to workforce housing, allowing those who work here to afford homeownership in our City. We will be presenting this to the Mayor and City Council in August, 2018.
Monroe Union County CDBG Urban County Interlocal Activities
On July 26, 2018 we hosted a community meeting in the Concord Avenue area we were able to elicit several responses to our questionnaire. This will be of significant help for the remainder of the Concord Avenue Revitalization project. Within our meeting we were able to talk to a variety of individuals from different age groups and different walks of life. With most of our participants they were individuals who owned homes or business within the area. We also administered a suvey, ll who responded said it was a wonderful area to live in for people of their age meaning this neighborhood is suitable for those of all age groups. While the participants did say they enjoy the area, they all gave feedback on how they feel the neighborhood could be improved with revitalization projects. Some believed that there are some safety concerns that need to be dealt with whether by the police or a neighborhood watch. Others supported the installation of sidewalks and commented that there needs to be more sidewalks and street lights for individuals to be able to move around more freely. Overall, all are participants seemed to care deeply for the neighborhood that they live in. It truly showed how important this project is to the community. The community members also would like to see more development to strenghthen economic longevity of the neighborhood. Overall, all are participants seemed to care deeply for the neighborhood that they live in. It truly showed how important this revitalization project is to the community. If you would like to participate in the survey, it can be accessed here: Community Questionnaire
American Engineering is the City's consultant and the project site can be accessed here for more information: Consultant's site
Fair Housing is the Law Know your rights as a tenant and as a landlord. Download this pamphlet for more information.
Love Your Downtown Event. A sucessful forum with speakers Jeff Micheals from UNCC and David Maurer AIA; we are looking forward to the adaptive reuse of buildings in our downtown through the use of tax credits and other portfolios. Stone Kitchen was the caterer and the event was held at the Bottle Factory, both of these partners provided sponsorship. A workshop for retail development will be held in September, 2018 through the City Manager's Office Downtown Division.
Community Development Stakeholders Committee. We will be meeting in July to share project updates and discuss the strategic action plan. The project updates will be presented to the Mayor and Council will be held in August, 2018 and are looking forward to presenting new partnerships and ideas made possible by our partnership with area stakeholders. Union Anson County Habitat for Humanity; BB&T; Union County Community Development Corporation; Union County Board of Realtors; Union County NC Crisis Assistance Ministry; Union County Homebuilder's Association; Union County Community Shelter; Winchester Neighborhood Association; Monroe Union County Council of Aging; Union County Chamber of Commerce; Shining Light Baptist Church; Shining Light Eglesia Baptista; Elizabeth Missionary Baptist Church; Sutton Park Neighborhood Association; Lexington Common Community Watch; The ARC of Union County. New Partners for this fiscal year include: NC Job Works, Monroe; Core HR Consulting; The Alliance for Children; Forester's. Also, a continuing partnership with various City Departments.
Winchester/Paradise Heights. Economic Vitality and Neighborhood Revitalization Project - we will be presenting the propoosed request for economic development to the Mayor and City Council in August, a public meeting will be scheculed pending the Mayor and City Council's approval.
Land Bank. We will be presenting three of our parcels for economic development to council in August, 2018, a public meeting will be scheduled pending the Mayor and Council approval.
Concord Avenue Beautification Project. Made possible through a land donation we are looking forward to a beautification project in the Concord Avenue Overlay. We will be presenting this opportunity to the Mayor and City Council in August, 2018.
Main Street Ordinance Proposals. A draft of the prevention of demolition by neglect is ready for committee, we will keep you posted on the updates here.