Community Input

Below you will find links to some of the aggregated input the Town has been collecting and receiving throughout Chapel Hill 2020. 

2020 Community Comments - From a number of Outreach Activities and Surveys

Third Sector Alliance 2020 Recommendations

Chapel Hill 2020 Recommendations from the Chamber 

Chamber member survey - This is a link to Charts summarizing input received  for 15 questions. It comes from the Chamber of Commerce.

Friends of the Downtown Submission to Chapel Hill 2020 (4)

Progressive Perspectives on Chapel Hill 2020: From Orange Politics CommunityOP2020

Comments from the CHPL BoardCHPL — 2020 draft plan revisions

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  3. On behalf of the Board of Directors of The Friends of the Downtown, we want to place this goal statement in front of the 2020 Community for your serious consideration. We believe there are elements in this statement that could be reflected in nearly all of the current theme groups.

    *Friends of the Downtown Submission to Chapel Hill 2020*

    Introduction –
    A vibrant, vital, and economically sustainable Downtown is essential to Chapel Hill’s future and should serve as the focal point for visitors and residents alike. Downtown should respond to the needs of students, residents, businesses, and visitors. Our downtown should serve as a center of the Town’s life and contribute to its economic development. It should be a harmonious, accessible, sustainable, and well-designed mix of commercial, residential, and public spaces that respects the Town’s unique heritage and visual character. It must be a place that can be enjoyed with a feeling of safety and security at all times.

    Goals –
    In order to achieve this, The Friends of the Downtown propose the following goals: .

    1. The Town of Chapel Hill should develop, adopt, and implement a comprehensive Downtown Master Plan that includes the following strategies: Create a physical and economic plan for the coming decades; Expand the commercial retail areas beyond the Franklin Street core to include Rosemary Street and the streets that connect these two; Develop a clear articulation of desired uses, building heights, massing, and other physical features employing form and function-based zoning; Create public spaces for a variety of indoor and outdoor uses; Improve pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular transport, both within the area and in terms of connections to the Town as a whole; Develop means by which financial support can be provided to achieve the goals and plan for Downtown; Maintain the essential and unique character of the area and Chapel Hill as a whole, including the preservation of the tree canopy and other environmentally responsive features.

    2. Streamline the development/land use review process so that buildings and uses that conform to the Master Plan will receive expedited review. Such a process should also provide greater clarity and certainty to developers and others wishing to invest so as to foster such investment.

    3. Improve public/mass transportation to and around Downtown to allow greater ease of access for weekdays, evenings, and weekends. Such improvements could include the use of loop shuttles, changing bus routes to address commercial needs as well as those of students, and construction of a transfer station in an appropriate location.

    4. Develop adequate parking – both through public and private means – in ways that do not absorb valuable residential and commercial space nor impair the architectural integrity of the area .

    5. Provide enhanced assistance – both financially and through other means – for the Downtown through: Support of events such as Festifall; Publicizing businesses and other Downtown-centric ventures; Creation of space for start-ups and other entrepreneurial activities. .

    6. Employ collaborations between the town and other major stakeholders, such as UNC and UNC Health Care, to enhance the Downtown.

    7. Enhance Safety and security through upgrading lighting – both overhead and at street level – greater/more effective police patrols, improving sanitation, and encouraging orderly street life and pedestrian traffic .

    8. Consider expanding the commercial/retail and community areas along No. Columbia Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. to the Hillsborough St. – Umstead Rd. intersection in recognition of the demand for such spaces created by Carolina North.

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