Central Pines works to produce useful, data-driven, and locally focused reports, resources, and data that cover the wide range of topics and issues that our communities face each day. From economic development and housing development, to human services and environmental impacts, we strive to make as much of our material available for you to explore and use.

Growth & Planning in the Central Pines Region

This power point is an overview of the history of transportation planning in the Central Pines Region. See how the region has changed and grown over the last century and projections for future growth. This presentation was given at the 2024 Regional Day for newly elected officials. 

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Elective Pay & Clean Energy Tax Credits

This overview of the Inflation Reduction Act's new Clean Energy Tax Credits focuses on the IRS's newly proposed "Elective Pay" (aka "Direct Pay") rules. This highly anticipated financial mechanism provides a historical opportunity for local governments to benefit from clean energy operations and investments.

Elective pay makes certain clean energy tax credits effectively refundable. With elective pay, an eligible entity (such as a local government) that qualifies for a clean-energy investment tax credit can notify the IRS of its intent to claim the credit and then file an annual tax return to claim the full value of the credit. The IRS would then pay the local government the value of the credit.


Elective Pay & Clean Energy Tax Credits Webinar Recording


Tax Credit Presentation Slide Deck

Elected Officials Guide to CPRC

We put together this guide for our elected officials to learn more about Central Pines Regional Council, the work we do, and how you can get involved. 


Elected Officials Guide

Affordable Housing Action Spotlight: Using Tax Credits

The federally-funded low-income housing tax credit program is a critical resource for funding affordable housing. This spotlight provides background on the program, including its benefits, best practices for local governments to incentivize the use of the tax credit, and insight into how the City of Raleigh and Wake County participate in the program. 


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Area Agency on Aging: Service Partner Directory

Use this resource to find the Area Agency on Aging’s service partner contact information and a list of each member’s respective Home and Community Care Block Grant (HCCBG) funded and related services. 


Hidden Distress: An Analysis of North Carolina County Tier Designations

The state-designated county tier system used to categorize and group counties by level of economic distress has been an obstacle to economic development for many Central Pines Regional Council member governments. This analysis reviews how these designations effectively hide municipalities experiencing economic distress within more prosperous counties. Short-term and long-term recommendations are included to reevaluate how economic development is pursued in the region.


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Triangle Regional Resiliency Partnership

The Triangle Regional Resiliency Partnership provides a venue for municipalities and counties to organize and build strategies towards economic, social, and environmental resilience in communities and across the region. This resource provides additional context about the regional partnership, including membership and goals.


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Affordable Housing Action Spotlight: Inclusionary Zoning 101

Voluntary inclusionary housing ordinances can be used by local governments to increase the stock of affordable housing. This resource provides context on inclusionary housing or zoning in North Carolina, including its tradeoffs, guidance on how to effectively use inclusionary housing programs, and insight into the Town of Chapel Hill’s program.


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Effective Ways to Talk About Housing

Effective Ways to Talk About Housing frames affordable housing needs in the Triangle region and provides tips on how to effectively discuss affordable housing.


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Impact Report: Statewide ARPA Support


Through a $16M allocation of American Rescue Plan funding from the NC General Assembly, the statewide COG network has been able to provide extensive support to local governments for COVID-19 recovery efforts and long-term resilience planning. 

This report examines the first year of work by Central Pines and our fifteen peer organizations across the state to 

  • assist local governments in effectively planning for federal COVID-19 response and recovery funding to ensure this once-in-a-generation investment brings meaningful impacts to North Carolina communities; 
  • build local capacity for long-term recovery: build capacity to guide the successful implementation of local investments funded by ARPA and other federal recovery funds; 
  • facilitate regional collaboration: convene members in regions across the state to collaborate and share resources generated by COGs, Statewide Partner Organizations, NCPRO, and US Treasury. 

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Triangle Trends Report: Tracking Disruption


Drivers of Change Graphic

The 21st century is a time of accelerating change that is disrupting local communities and the lives of community members. Consider the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic: who in autumn 2019 anticipated that, a few months later, communities would have to shift to remote operations literally overnight, weather an instant economic crisis, support mass testing and vaccinations, help businesses and residents disproportionately impacted by the pandemic, and more? 

Our new report, Triangle Trends: Tracking Disruption, produced through a partnership with Green Heron Planning's Ben Hitchings and former APA Research Director David Rouse, aims to provide guidance and answers to the question, "how can we operationalize this approach in the work of local governments?"

The report organizes its findings across four interconnected categories of change - social, technological, economic, and environmental - and sixteen unique drivers of change.

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Triangle Regional Resilience Partnership Regional Assessment

Urban Heat Risk

In order to better understand the changing realities in the Triangle, including increasing extreme weather events, temperature, frequency and duration of droughts, and population and related demand for resources, CPRC facilitated the Triangle Regional Resilience Partnership of cities, towns, and counties in the urban core of our region. Together, the partnership performed a quantified assessment of the region and identified which assets are more vulnerable to these changes and provides guidance and potential solutions. 

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Supporting Environmental Justice Initiatives in the Region

This Guide to Environmental Justice in the Triangle Region aims to understand our region's environmental justice landscape, identify the most prominent environmental hazards, and provide foundational tools for local governments to partner with community-based organizations. The guide identifies 164 potentially underserved communities including more than 370,000 people across all seven counties.

Considering the growing prioritization of environmental justice work at both the federal and state level, this report maps how Central Pines Regional Council can best utilize increased funding to support our local government members. Both specific environmental hazards and geographic areas are identified for environmental justice action and funding.

Map of disadvantaged communities

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Public Sector Employee Survey

Central Pines Regional Council distributed a public sector employee survey to members across the region in Fall 2022 to gauge workplace morale and the well-being of employees. This report presents the results of the survey, and specifically identifies factors that impact worker well-being, including compensation, opportunities for professional development, and relationships with the community. 


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Policy Options for Supporting Sustainable Building

Central Pines Regional Council aims to encourage the use of sustainable building materials in new construction. This report outlines initiatives that local governments can adopt to incentivize sustainable building, including organizing a citizen advisory committee, offering density bonuses, and providing educational materials related to sustainable materials. 


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Local Regulation of Short-term Rentals

Local Regulation of Short-term Rentals reviews the local regulations of short-term rentals adopted by five municipalities in North Carolina. In the ordinance review, regulations around eight topics–definitions, registration, specified districts, parking requirements, insurance or safety concerns, occupancy limits, on-site hosts, and penalties–are compared across the municipalities.

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Close to Home: An Affordable Housing Analysis of the Triangle’s Passenger Rail Corridor

This report looks at affordable housing developments–both publicly-supported and market-provided–that could be served by a passenger rail investment between West Durham and Clayton. The analysis can be used to inform decisions on economic development, land use, and affordable housing.


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Getting There: A Travel Market Analysis of the Triangle’s Passenger Rail Corridor

This report gauges how well a passenger rail investment between West Durham and Clayton can meet the demand of the regional travel market i.e. taking people where they want to go, when they want to go. It focuses on how the investment could connect people to jobs, services, and opportunities.


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A One Water Vision for the Jordan Lake Watershed

A One Water water management works to improve environmental, societal, and economic aspects of the watershed, and aims to preserve long-term resilience and reliability of the system. This report presents a vision for how a One Water approach could be applied to the Jordan Lake Watershed to meet community needs, while considering regulatory implications. 


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