The Town Council has appointed members to the Central West Focus Area Steering Committee, a group that will provide ideas for planning the uses, form and intensity along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and portions of Estes Drive. The committee will be expected to prepare a report to the Town Council before its last June 2013 meeting; a final plan should be provided no later than December 2013.
The members are Jeff Kidd and non-voting alternate Gordon Merklein (UNC-Chapel Hill); Mia Burroughs and non-voting alternate Todd LoFrese (Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools); Amy Ryan and non-voting alternate John Ager (Planning Board); Michael Parker (Transportation Board); Keith Billy (Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board); Anthony Carey, Lucy Carol Davis, Bruce Murray and Whit Rummel (business owners/landowners/non-profit representatives from the area including one Chamber of Commerce member); Abby Parcell (renter from the Planning and Impact Area); and Eric J. Hyman, David S. Tuttle, Sarah K. McIntee, Firoz Rustom Mistry, Mickey Jo Sorrell, and Elizabeth (Buffie) Webber (residents of the planning and impact areas).
The Steering Committee’s first meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Large Conference Room in the Transit Building, 6900 Millhouse Road. A community workshop/charette is tentatively planned for Feb. 15-16, 2013, to gather ideas and thoughts about the areas from all community members. The steering committee is charged with ensuring that the process is open and participatory and that broad engagement occurs with the full community.
The Central West Focus Area was identified as a priority during the Chapel Hill 2020 comprehensive planning process due to the known development pressures in the area. During the adoption of the Chapel Hill 2020 comprehensive plan, the Council requested that the Town staff work with the community to develop a process that would provide an opportunity for more focused discussion that would ultimately provide the Council with additional direction for the area.
Between mid-September and early October 2012, four community meetings were held to develop recommendations regarding the process to be sent to the Council. During the Oct. 24, meeting, the Council reviewed the community, Planning Board, and Town staff recommendations, and the Council endorsed the formation of the Central West Focus Area Steering Committee.
For information about the Central West Focus Area, contact Megan Wooley, Housing and Neighborhood Services Planner II, at 919-969-5059 or firstname.lastname@example.org.