Downtown Charrette

Don't miss this chance to help shape the future of Downtown Morganton

May 15-19, 2017

Mark your calendars for May 15-19, 2017, and plan to visit Downtown Morganton to participate in the planning and visioning process for the new Downtown Master Plan.

This is your opportunity to share your opinion and give input on the future direction and connectivity of downtown Morganton.

This weeklong planning session, also known as Charrette Week, will be held in the Katz Building located at 116 W. Union Street just up from Yianni's Restaurant. You won't be able to miss it because the Stantec Team (consultants) will have a parklet set up in the parking space directly in front of the studio. Staff will be present at the Katz Building all week, so you can drop by almost anytime to learn more about the planning process and give your input.

We'll kick off the week with a Public Workshop Monday night, May 15, and the second of four Morganton On Tap events will be held Wednesday, May 17, at Catawba Brewing Co. See the schedule at the end for more details. You can also review the Charrette Week schedule in the Morganton App, at the Downtown Morganton Facebook page, and at

Please stop by and help craft the vision for Downtown Morganton!

A "charrette" is an intense period of design or planning activity open to the public to create a continuous feedback loop. A successful charrette will promote joint ownership of solutions, and achieve community involvement, shape expectations, and build partnerships. Charrettes tend to involve small groups and those citizens who do participate get early input into the planning process.

Make this a priority!  For questions call Sharon Jablonski 828-438-5252.

More info at

Charrette Calendar

Date, 2017

May 15
Opening Night Presentation
6:00-7:30 pm, Historic Burke County Courthouse, 101 S. Sterling St.
May 16

Public Input at Katz Building
116 W. Union St.

9:00 am - Broughton Project Stakeholders Discussion
10:30 am - One-Way Pair Preliminary Analysis and Stakeholder Discussion
1:00 pm - Public Art Stakeholders Discussion
3:30 pm - Youth Engagement Meeting
5:30-7:30 pm - Public Pin-Up of Early Ideas

May 17

Public Input at Katz Building
116 W. Union St.

9:00 am - Courthouse Square Public Space Improvements
10:30 am - Downtown Public Space Stakeholder Discussion with Parks and Recreation Master Plan Consultant Team

May 17

Morganton On Tap
Catawba Brewing Company, 212 S. Green St.

5:30-7:00 pm - Open Mic dialogue, and Public Pin-Up of mid-week ideas

May 18

Public Input at Katz Building
116 W. Union St.

9:00 am-5:30 pm - Design Studio Open to the Public
5:30-7:30 pm - Public Pin-Up of Preliminary Recommendations

May 19

Public Input at Katz Building
116 W. Union St.

9:00 am–12:00 pm - Design Studio Open to the Public

May 19
Steering Committee Meeting
116 W. Union St.
June 7
Public Presentation of Vision Plan