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Statesville will have two of its own heading up the leadership of the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO) this year. City Council member Michael Johnson will serve as the Chairman of the CRTPO board and Assistant Planning Director Sherry Ashley has been elected to serve as the chairperson of the Technical Coordinating Committee (TCC), which is the staff arm of the organization.

CRTPO is a multi-jurisdictional body of local governments, NCDOT, USDOT and other providers of transportation services involved in transportation planning and policy making for the metropolitan Charlotte region which includes Iredell and Union Counties. It is made up of elected representatives from each of its member jurisdictions. These same jurisdictions also select staff persons to serve on the TCC and assist with CRTPO’s work.

Johnson, a Statesville native and real estate developer, has served as Statesville’s representative to CRTPO for five years. This is his first year as chairman having previously served two terms as vice-chairman. In addition, he has served on the board and chairman of a number of local government planning organizations, including the Centralina Council of Governments, the Lake Norman Regional Planning Organization and North Carolina Association of Regional Councils of Government. Johnson served on the Iredell County Board of Adjustment for 21 years. He has been on Statesville City Council for 15 years, 10 of them as Mayor Pro Tem.

Johnson is a graduate of the University of South Carolina with a degree in chemistry and is a N.C. General Contractor with qualifications in highway, public utilities and residential building.

Ashley has been Statesville’s TCC representative since 2013 and brings more than 24 years of planning experience to the board. During her career, she has worked with similar regional planning groups and committees, and is looking forward to her new role as TCC chair.

Ashley’s professional specialties include land use planning, transportation planning and code enforcement. Prior to coming to Statesville in 2006, Ashley worked as the Planning Director for Mint Hill for 10 years, and before that was a planner in Union County for three years.

She graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Community and Regional Planning and is nationally certified from the American Institute of Certified Planners. Ashley has also completed the Municipal Administration course through the School of Government at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill.

“I am honored to serve as the TCC chairperson. I look forward to working with such a talented group of transportation planners and engineers from around the region to facilitate the goals of CRTPO,” said Ashley. “I have always been interested in how cities and towns are designed and how transportation systems play a key role in our day-to-day lives.”

The Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization (CRTPO) is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for the Charlotte Urbanized Area.

Federal legislation requires Urbanized Areas with populations larger than 50,000 to have an MPO, whose primary function is to carry out the transportation planning process among the member jurisdictions within its established planning area boundary. Due to the growth of the Charlotte Urbanized Area, and the subsequent expansion of the MPO planning area boundary, the CRTPO was established in place of the former Mecklenburg-Union MPO.

Nancy Davis
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