Central West Steering Committee Meeting Summary – July 1, 2013

Interested in the Central West Focus Area process? Then check out these meeting summary notes from the July 1st Central West Steering Committee meeting!

The next Steering Committee meeting will be tonight, Tuesday, July 9th from 6:00-9:00pm, in Meeting Room B at the Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive. The meeting summary notes from this meeting will also be posted on this blog.

Central West Focus Area July 1, 2013 Steering Committee Meeting
Co-Chair Meeting Summary

By: Michael Parker and Amy Ryan, Co-Chairs, Central West Steering Committee

The Central West Steering Committee met on July 1 at the Siena Hotel from 6:00 – 9:15 PM. Copies of all meeting materials can be found at http://www.townofchapelhill.org/centralwest

Agenda Items

1. Remarks from Mayor Kleinschmidt: Following up on the co-chairs’ report to Council on June 24, the Mayor noted that Council reviewed the committee’s work to date positively and appreciates their hard work and willingness to tackle the difficult issues involved in reconciling stakeholder interests in the CW area. He encouraged the committee to complete its work in time for Council to vote on the final plan at its last meeting of 2013 but did comment that he felt that the Council might consider an extension to the timeline if specific tasks remain to be accomplished at that date and the committee proposes a timely plan for their completion.

2. Community Participation: Several individuals from the community shared comments/opinions with the Committee.

3. Council Liaison: The group welcomed Councilman Jim Ward as the newly appointed Council liaison to the committee.

4. Summary of Council Presentation and Comments: The co-chairs summarized the comments they received at the Council meeting from both Council members and the public. One issue that had been raised at the Council presentation – whether the group should consider using a facilitator – was brought to the table for discussion. The vote to request a facilitator failed (8 for and 8 against, one abstaining; the vote failed as it did not receive the required two-thirds majority of the 17 members present).

5. Discussion of Work Plan for Milestone 3: The co-chairs presented the plan for the final phase of the committee’s work, concluding in November 2013. The meeting dates were approved unanimously with the exception of July 18 and August 13; the August meeting has been rescheduled to August 7; Megan will take a Doodle poll for the best date to reschedule the July meeting.

The committee also unanimously approved the Milestone 3 work plan as presented, with the understanding that the question of how many plans to move to the testing phase is still undecided.

6. Review of Homework Assignment and Discussion of Planning Areas: Using the information generated from the committee’s homework assignment (to outline their visions for uses, density, heights, and other considerations in the ten different sectors of the CW planning area), the group had a lengthy discussion to identify the areas of consensus and disagreement in sectors A–C (the other sectors will be discussed at the 7/9 meeting). Loryn Clark acted as facilitator.

At the end of the session, the group evaluated the discussion format. The committee agreed that Loryn’s facilitation had been very helpful and decided to involve her in subsequent meetings. A request was made to have the planning principles displayed during the next discussion and to explore working with a designer at subsequent sessions to support the committee’s decision making.

7. Community Comment: The meeting concluded with comments from several community members.

Thanks to everyone who attended the meeting and to the committee for their continued hard work.

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