Rosemary Imagined Input Session Rescheduled

What is your vision for Rosemary Street? Does it include an innovative identity or perhaps a more connected and walkable environment? Join community members, Town and University leaders, and downtown business and property owners for a:

Rosemary Imagined Input Session (Please note the new date, below)
Thursday, Nov. 21, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Hargraves Community Center
216 N. Roberson Street

As the Rosemary Imagined planning initiative moves forward this month, the Town of Chapel Hill and the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership are engaging Kling Stubbins to provide land use planning services for the process. Also, the Neighborhood Planning Team will meet to provide further guidance before the input session in November.

Rosemary Imagined is an innovative community-led planning initiative that will refine our thinking of how Rosemary Street fits into the development and growth of downtown Chapel Hill. Come for information, conversation, and imagination about Rosemary Street and share your thoughts!

This event is part of a 10-month process of engagement with the Town of Chapel Hill and community members to bring together several recent initiatives into a complete vision for the future of the Rosemary Street corridor.

The Rosemary Street corridor was identified during the Chapel Hill 2020 comprehensive planning process as one of the five “big ideas.” The “big ideas” are initiatives that embody the essence of the Chapel Hill 2020 goals and will serve as a beacon to guide the efforts of the Town and the community as Chapel Hill’s future is created.

www.rosemaryimagined.com

For more information contact Dwight Bassett at 919-969-5015 and Meg McGurk at 919-967-9440 or email them at info@rosemaryimagined.com.

Meet the Draft Central West Small Area Plan!

“Meet the Draft Central West Small Area Plan!” meetings will be held from noon to 1 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, in Meeting Room B at the Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. Both meetings will be identical in format.

During the “Meet the Draft Central West Small Area Plan” meetings, Town of Chapel Hill staff will provide an overview of the contents of the draft Central West Small Area Plan. After the overview presentation, there will be time for questions and answers.

The Draft Central West Small Area Plan is an 80-page planning guide that provides a vision for the Central West Area in words, maps, and diagrams for future development of the area. The Small Area Plan is the result of community input received in over 10 community sessions and over 30 Steering Committee meetings that have taken place since the Town Council established a steering committee to create a small area plan for the area.

The draft Central West Small Area Plan includes principles and objectives that are to guide development in the area, recommendations for bicycle and pedestrian amenities, and a Concept Plan that outlines various uses and heights for the area.

The Town Council will have an opportunity to review and receive public comment at a public hearing about the Draft Central West Small Area Plan at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, at Southern Human Services Center Complex, 2501 Homestead Road. For more information about the Public Hearing, click here: http://www.townofchapelhill.org/index.aspx?page=15&recordid=4715

The Central West Focus Area is located near the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Estes Drive and extends from Carrboro to the west, Franklin Street to the east, Homestead Road to the north, and Maple Drive to the south.

The Central West Focus Area was identified as a “future focus area” during the Chapel Hill 2020 comprehensive planning process due to the known development pressures in the area. The Chapel Hill 2020 comprehensive plan states that this area needs continued community conversation about its future and the appropriate uses (such as residential, commercial, office, mixed-use, etc.) for the area.

For more information about the Central West Focus Area process and to view the draft plan, please visit www.townofchapelhill.org/centralwest

For questions, please contact Megan Wooley, housing and neighborhood services planner, at compplan@townofchapellhill.org or 919-969-5059.

Interested in the draft Central West Small Area Plan? Join us at the “Meet the Draft Plan” meeting on Monday!

“Meet the Draft Central West Small Area Plan!” meetings will be held from noon to 1 p.m. and 5 to 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, in Meeting Room B at the Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. Both meetings will be identical in format.

During the “Meet the Draft Central West Small Area Plan” meetings, Town of Chapel Hill staff will provide an overview of the contents of the draft Central West Small Area Plan. After the overview presentation, there will be time for questions and answers.

The Draft Central West Small Area Plan is an 80-page planning guide that provides a vision for the Central West Area in words, maps, and diagrams for future development of the area. The Small Area Plan is the result of community input received in over 10 community sessions and over 30 Steering Committee meetings that have taken place since the Town Council established a steering committee to create a small area plan for the area.

The draft Central West Small Area Plan includes principles and objectives that are to guide development in the area, recommendations for bicycle and pedestrian amenities, and a Concept Plan that outlines various uses and heights for the area.

The Town Council will have an opportunity to review and receive public comment at a public hearing about the Draft Central West Small Area Plan at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, at Southern Human Services Center Complex, 2501 Homestead Road. For more information about the Public Hearing, click here: http://www.townofchapelhill.org/index.aspx?page=15&recordid=4715

The Central West Focus Area is located near the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Estes Drive and extends from Carrboro to the west, Franklin Street to the east, Homestead Road to the north, and Maple Drive to the south. For a map, please see below.

The Central West Focus Area was identified as a “future focus area” during the Chapel Hill 2020 comprehensive planning process due to the known development pressures in the area. The Chapel Hill 2020 comprehensive plan states that this area needs continued community conversation about its future and the appropriate uses (such as residential, commercial, office, mixed-use, etc.) for the area.

For more information about the Central West Focus Area process and to view the draft plan, please visit http://www.townofchapelhill.org/centralwest

For questions, please contact Megan Wooley, housing and neighborhood services planner, at compplan@townofchapellhill.org or 919-969-5059.

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Obey Creek Compass Committee Discusses The Technical Team Report, Holds a Public Forum and Hears From Developers

On September 12th, the Obey Creek Compass Committee spent time diving into the Technical Team Issues Report. At the suggestion of facilitator Ken Broun, the Committee decided to focus their work on development topics, to use the Technical Team’s identification of issues to help guide discussion on the guiding principles for the area, and to come back to discussing the Committee’s process and final product at a later date. Members commented on issues they found important, including several aspects of connectivity and traffic flow. Committee members also remarked on what they felt the report was missing and what will need more clarification in the future.

Compass Committee Discusses Tech Team Report

On September 18th, the Compass Committee hosted a Public Forum. Ken Broun presented a summary of topics discussed by the Committee so far, including traffic, connectivity, economic development, environmental issues, design, and schools. If you are interested in the work to date summary click here.

Ken briefly discussed two of the other Committee work products, the design matrix and the visioning exercise. He invited the public to join in the headline visioning effort and “imagine what would be said about the Obey Creek Development ten years from now.” Headlines submitted were incorporated into the Committee’s list and redistributed.

The forum was an open discussion. The public asked questions and put forth their views on various topics. They discussed the importance of compliance with 15-501/Chapel Hill 2020 work, the need to mitigate traffic impacts, explore retail options, and factor in the property value impacts when determining benefits of development. Questions included:

• How do we create better paying jobs?
• Who will this area draw for shopping, living, etc.?
• How does this type of development fit into the “brand” of Chapel Hill?

Obey Creek Compass Committee Public Forum

For more notes on public comments or to view the video, visit the Obey Creek Compass Committee site.

On Sep 26th, the Compass Committee once again heard from the Development Team. Ben Perry gave the developer’s perspective on what they know, what they have heard and believed they learned through the process, and what they intended to present in their concepts at the public design workshop.

Ben Perry explained that they have heard in various forums that traffic is a concern and that connectivity is important. He also explained the high potential the development team sees for recreational opportunities and their understanding that market conditions are ripe in this fast growing area for various categories of retail. Some of Ben‘s reflections on what the developers have learned included:

• People are looking for a way to get across 15-501 safely and enjoyably
• There are high aspirations to improve Town finances
• Contributing to affordable housing is important
• The Committee wants architecture that reflects Chapel Hill

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To hear his presentation in its entirety, visit the Obey Creek site and view the video.

This week, the Technical Team is back in town to continue their work with the Committee and Developers. The next public Forum will be held on Wednesday, October 16th.

Central West Steering Committee Develops Draft Recommendations

The Central West Steering Committee was charged by the Town Council to develop a Small Area Plan for the Central West Focus Area. The Steering Committee has been meeting since December of 2012, to address this charge.

The Steering Committee has developed a draft concept plan which provides information about the uses and heights in the Central West Focus Area. The Steering Committee has also developed draft recommendations about the bicycle and pedestrian amenities in the area.

These draft recommendations are being reviewed by the Planning Board during the Planning Board meeting on October 1st. For more information about the meeting, please click here.

For a copy of the draft recommendations, please click here.

The following is the draft concept plan:

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The following are the bicycle and pedestrian recommendations:

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For more information about the Central West Focus Area process, please visit: http://www.townofchapelhill.org/centralwest

Draft Bike Plan Coming Up

Interested in Chapel Hill’s plans to create a more connected, bikeable community? You’ll want to participate in “Bike to the Future 2,” the release event for the Town’s draft Bike Plan set for 6 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, at the Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive. Community members are welcome to review the draft plan and its recommendations.

The bike plan kicked off in May with a community forum. Work on the plan proceeded over the summer months with the creation of a crowdsourcing WikiMap and an online survey resulting in over 1000 responses about Chapel Hill’s transportation system.

Feedback from community responses along with a steering committee and a 15-member stakeholder group informed preliminary recommendations. When completed, the Chapel Hill Bike Plan will provide a “how-to-guide” for making Chapel Hill a place where more people can safely ride their bikes to more places in the community. A final plan is expected to be presented to the Council in November 2013.

“The vision for this Bike Plan is that Chapel Hill is a community where biking is a safe and convenient everyday choice for all types of riders throughout Town” said Jason Merril, a member of the Bike Plan Steering Committee.

The Bike Plan is part of DESIGN Chapel Hill 2020, the implementation phase of the community’s new comprehensive plan. “Connected Community” (including Chapel Hill Bike Plan) is one of the Big Idea initiatives that embody the essence of the Chapel Hill 2020 goals.

During the Chapel Hill 2020 planning process, residents expressed that they want more facilities and street design features that promote safe bicycling. People said there should be improved connectivity between important destinations and that bicycling can become part of a healthy active lifestyle.

Stay connected to the Bike Plan at www.townofchapelhill.org/bikeplan or
https://www.facebook.com/TheChapelHillBikePlan

Cyclists may also be interested in the “North Carolina Bike Summit” an event hosted by North Carolina Active Transportation Alliance (NCATA). This year’s summit will take place in Carrboro from Friday, Oct. 18 to Sunday, Oct. 20. For more information, visit: http://www.ncactive.org/content/nc-bicycle-summit

Take the Central West Focus Area Survey by 9/18

The Central West Steering Committee has developed four concepts for the Central West Focus Area, and they would like your feedback!

Please share your thoughts, and take the Central West survey at www.surveymonkey.com/s/centralwest9-2013

The survey has seven questions and should take about 5-10 minutes to complete. The survey will be open until noon Wednesday, Sept. 18.

The Central West Steering Committee has been charged with developing a recommended small area plan for the Central West Focus Area which they will present to the Town Council for its possible endorsement on Nov. 25. For more information about the Central West process, please visit www.townofchapelhill.org/centralwest

Thank you for your participation!

Compass Committee Discusses Development Options and Traffic

Over the past two weeks, the Obey Creek Compass Committee has heard from the Development Team, discussed economic and traffic impacts with Town Staff, and started a visioning process for the future of Obey Creek!

On August 28th , Roger Perry of East West Partners presented an overview of the history of the area, existing conditions, and community considerations. During his presentation, he described the development team’s desire to see connections to Southern Village, greenway possibilities, transit enhancements, public art, and green building design features. The discussion progressed to retail options (small, mid-sized, and large) and the possibility of building retail structures upwards, rather than outwards. Committee members asked the Development Team questions including what types of provisions would/could be made for town services.

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Following the presentation, Dwight Basset, the Town of Chapel Hill’s Economic Development Officer, fielded queries about fiscal impacts and the types of jobs the development could attract.
Before the meeting adjourned, Kimberly Brewer, a member of The Design Impacts Matrix Subcommittee, reviewed the potential impacts and design relationships categories that the subcommittee developed. The Committee also committed to thinking through a vision for the Obey Creek of the future!

A video of the presentation and draft vision statements are available at the Obey Creek Compass Committee page at Town of Chapel Hill website.

On September 4th, the Compass Committee met with Staff Members, David Bonk and Kumar Neppalli as well as NCDOT representative, Chuck Edwards. The topic of the evening was traffic. The Committee asked questions that fell into several major categories:

• Traffic impact based on development on site
• Larger impact on Big picture of Traffic issues in Chapel Hill
• Connectivity to Southern Village and Throughout the Obey Creek Area, including pedestrian, bike, (bus) and transit
• Mitigation Factors

The next meeting will be held on September the 12th at 6:30 at the Public Works Building #1 located at 6850 Millhouse Road.

Central West Community Session Sept. 10

Join the Central West Steering Committee and your fellow community members at the upcoming Central West Community Session from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 10, in the Fellowship Hall at Amity United Methodist Church, 825 N. Estes Drive, Chapel Hill.

The drop-in session will provide residents the opportunity to review the committee’s work to date, and to offer their thoughts and feedback.

The Central West Focus Area is located near the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Estes Drive and extends from Carrboro to the west, Franklin Street to the east, Homestead Road to the north, and Maple Drive to the south. For a map, please see below.

The Central West Focus Area was identified as a “future focus area” during the Chapel Hill 2020 comprehensive planning process due to the known development pressures in the area. The Chapel Hill 2020 comprehensive plan states that this area needs continued community conversation about its future and the appropriate uses (such as residential, commercial, office, mixed-use, etc.); form (what the area and buildings should look like); and intensity (how many new uses and buildings are comfortable for the area).

In October 2012, the Town Council established a steering committee to create a small area plan for the Central West Focus Area. Since that time, the Central West Steering Committee has developed principles and objectives that are to guide the development of the small area plan and ultimately development in the area. The committee has also developed concepts that outline various uses in the area, including mixed use, residential, office and institutional/recreational.

For more information about the Central West Focus Area process, please visit www.townofchapelhill.org/centralwest

For questions, please contact Megan Wooley, housing and neighborhood services planner, at compplan@townofchapellhill.org or 919-969-5059.

DESIGN Chapel Hill 2020 Newsletter Available

DESIGN 2020 With a dozen meetings associated with DESIGN Chapel Hill 2020 scheduled this month, it may be a bit challenging to keep up with the implementation phase of the Town of Chapel Hill’s new comprehensive plan. A lot is going on!

Catch up on DESIGN projects in the September 2013 DESIGN 2020 Newsletter.

Town Manager Roger Stancil says: “Adoption of Chapel Hill 2020 as the comprehensive plan was not an end point, but a beginning. Adoption was a goal accomplished and the beginning of a journey to our preferred future.”

For more information or to receive email updates on various projects, contact us at info@townofchapelhill.org.