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Indian Trail Celebrates National Planning Month

Posted On: November 1, 2012

October is designated as National Community Planning Month. In an effort to promote education about the efforts of professional and citizen planners the Indian Trail Planning and Neighborhood Services Department in collaboration with Mayor Alvarez and the Planning Board hosted a Box City activity with second grade classes at Sardis and Poplin Elementary Schools.

Box City is a fun and interactive planning exercise that provides an opportunity for children to act as planners while developing their own “cities”. Students decorated small boxes as different buildings typically found within a community and placed them along a road system while learning about planning fundamentals such as land use, building placement and zoning. Students also learned about transportation and the environment by locating sidewalks, bicyclists and parks in their communities.

The education went both ways according to Indian Trail Planning Director Shelley DeHart, “Children play an important role in city planning. Our goal is to educate children on the importance of the urban form and how it can enhance their quality of life now and in the future. The Box City activity provides an opportunity for children to learn and interact in city planning while educating us on their perspective about Indian Trail.”

Poplin Elementary Principal Stephanie McManus reflected on the event, “I saw so much engagement with the students, and I know they were well-prepared for interaction. Their city buildings looked awesome, and they had great things to say during your interactions. The Town of Indian Trail representatives were informative and supportive of student learning, and we do appreciate that so much as students are thrilled to learn from guest speakers.”

Other National Community Planning month activities include an informational display at the Union West Regional Library, proclamation of National Community Planning Month and Planning Board member recognition by the Indian Trail Town Council. For more information on how children play a role in planning, visit American Planning Association’s Kids in Planning website

For more information please visit or contact Rebecca Carter, Public Information Officer, Town of Indian Trail, at 704-821-5401 or

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