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Orange County Commission for the Environment

Meeting Agenda

March 12, 2012

7:30 p.m.

Environment & Agricultural Center

306 Revere Rd, Hillsborough, NC

A complete copy of the agenda is available for viewing online.  A complete agenda may also be accessed at the DEAPR Office located in the Environment and Agricultural Center 306-A Revere Road, Hillsborough, NC M-F 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

I. Call to Order

II. Additions or Changes to Agenda

III. Approval of Minutes

The Board will consider correcting and/or approving the minutes from January 9, 2012 as submitted. Attachment 1

IV.  CFE Rules of Procedure

In February the BOCC adopted a new policy requiring all advisory boards to amend their rules of procedure (or bylaws) to conform to a more standard model. Staff has prepared a draft new set of procedures for CFE consideration and adoption. Attachment 2

V. Lands Legacy Program Update

Staff will provide an overview of the Brooks Farm project—an important land and water conservation project that will be of interest to the CFE. The project is expected to be completed by the end of March.  Attachment 3

VI. Updates and Information Items

  • BOCC response to CFE Annual Report and Work Plan 2011-12 Attachment 4
  • A Contemporary Land Ethic meeting – March 22 Attachment 5
  • Shale Gas in North Carolina meeting – March 12 Attachment 6
  • Solid Waste Landfill closure update Attachment 7
  • Orange County Earth Fair – Hillsborough June 21 Attachment 8

VII.  Committee Reports and Break-out (as needed)

The committees will report on various projects, including the following initiatives:

  • Effects of forest management on water resources:  annotated bibliography and summary of findings (Water Resources Committee) Attachment 9
  • Local incentives for installing energy conservation measures (Energy Resources Committee) Attachment 10
  • CFE proposal for solar energy sites in new developments (Energy)
  • CFE proposal to conserve native plant habitat along roadways (Biological)
  • Comprehensive natural areas & open space conservation plan (Biological)


VIII.  Adjournment

Next meeting: April 9, 2012 - Chapel Hill, NC