What do you think the “MLK/Estes Drive Focus Area” should be called? And what should its boundary be? Let us know!

On August 28th and 29th, 2012, a Public Information Open House for the MLK/Estes Drive Focus Area was held with the purpose of providing information about the area that can be used as a starting point for community discussions.

During the Open House, the participants were asked to provide their thoughts and ideas about the following:

  1. What the process should be called
  2. What the boundary of the focus area should be

Common answers about the name of the process include the following:

  • MLK/Estes Drive Focus Area
  • Estes Drive/MLK Focus Area
  • MLK/Estes Drive Study Area
  • MLK/Estes Drive Community Focus Area
  • MLK-Carolina North-Estes Drive Focus Area
  • Mid-town Focus Area

 What do you think?

We would like to gather everyone’s thoughts about this. What do you think the focus area should be called? And what should the boundaries be? Please provide the information as a comment to this post.

A copy of the handout (which provided a tentative map of the area) provided at the Open House can be found here.

We will be gathering comments until noon on Thursday, September 13th. On the evening of Thursday, September 13th, the first in a series of three “Recommendation Meetings” will be held. This meeting will be from 7-8:30pm in the First Floor Conference Room, Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill. All community members are invited to attend, and the purpose of this meeting will be to develop a recommendation which can be sent to Council for their consideration.

We will post the recommendation about the name and boundary to this blog on Monday, September 17th.

For more information, please visit www.townofchapelhill.org/estesdrive

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4 thoughts on “What do you think the “MLK/Estes Drive Focus Area” should be called? And what should its boundary be? Let us know!

  1. Thank you to everyone who attended the Recommendation Meeting #1 last Thursday, September 13, 2012. About thirty community members attend, and together they developed recommendations to be provided to the Council regarding the name and the boundary of the focus area. During their September 27th work session, the Council will receive and consider the recommendations developed during the Recommendation Meetings. In addition, during the Business Meeting on October 8th, the recommendations will be presented to the Council.

    The following are the recommendations developed during the Recommendation Meeting #1 held on September 13, 2012:
    – Recommendation for the name of the focus area: Central West Focus Area
    – Recommendation for the boundary of the focus area:
    * Impact Area boundary: This is the area that could be impacted by potential changes in the Planning Area – Map coming soon
    * Planning Area boundary: This is the area under dicussion during this process – Map coming soon

    For more information about the upcoming Recommendation Meetings #2 and #3, please visit http://www.townofchapelhill.org/estesdrive

  2. Megan Wooley, Town Planner says:

    Thank you for your comments. Tonight (Thursday, September 13th at 7:00-8:30pm in the First Floor Conference Room, Town Hall), we will be holding the first of three Recommendation Meetings. Tonight’s meeting will focus on developing a recommendation for the name and boundary of the area. This recommendation, along with the recommendations developed at the next meetings, will be provided to the Council.

    On Monday, September 17th, we will post the name and the boundary recommendation that was developed during tonight’s meeting.

    Thank you for your participation!

  3. Scott Radway says:

    I agree substantially with the study area boundary proposed by John Morris provided that this larger study area has some focused smaller components that reflect areas where change will occur and a strong identification of those neighborhoods where change (land use – intensity) will not occur, but that need ongoing pedestrian and bike path improvements and perhaps other town government investment. I would add that this larger study area has several different issues and that sub areas have markedly different issues and opportunities. For example, there are a number of properties (privately owned and non-profit) along MLK that are or will be redevelopment targets during the next decade. Private properties along Estes Drive east of the Somerset-Huntington neighborhood and extending to Franklin Street are not likely to redevelop, so the issue along much of this corridor is pedestrian, child, and bike safety. A major player along this stretch of roadway should be the Chapel Hill – Carrboro City School as their school frontage is the most difficult area to create a safe pedestrian environment. There are many additional nuances that need to be factored in to the study area boundary and specific sub areas within the study boundary.

    I believe the correct name for this study effort should be “Carolina North-MLK-Estes Focus Area”. I don’t believe the study should be a “corridor” study for either MLK or Estes in name. Carolina North will be the most significant reference name in the future and the study area name needs to contain that reference.

  4. John Morris says:

    The MLK/Estes planning area should be large enough to develop a good comprehensive goal for this part of town, including traffic and transit, housing opportunities, and commercial needs. It must include the biggest thing to happen in this area for decades, in fact the biggest new thing in Town: Carolina North. So the planning area should include all of Carolina North and go from north of Homestead Road south to Bolin Creek and from Seawell School Road east to Franklin Street.

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