Ephesus Church /Fordham Focus Area Information Session

The Town of Chapel Hill invites the community to participate in an information session at 7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 26, to review final proposed changes to land use regulations in the Ephesus Church Road/Fordham Boulevard area.The event is one of many public outreach opportunities of DESIGN Chapel Hill 2020, the title given to the implementation phase of the Chapel Hill 2020 comprehensive plan. The information session will be held in Room B of the Chapel Hill Library, located at 100 Library Drive in Chapel Hill.

As the final information session prior to public hearing, discussion will provide information about upcoming changes to the land use regulations, including review of draft maps, for the Ephesus Church Road/Fordham Boulevard area. Consultant Lee Einsweiler of Code Studio will explain the steps for making regulatory changes and how this stage of Chapel Hill 2020 will be implemented for the Ephesus Church Road/Fordham Boulevard area.

The Ephesus Church Road/Fordham Boulevard focus area encompasses the area surrounding Ram’s Plaza near the intersection of Ephesus Church Road and Fordham Boulevard from South Elliott Road to the Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery. The Town Council adopted a small area plan in June 2011 for the Ephesus Church Road/Fordham Boulevard area.

Led by the Town’s Economic Development Division, the small area plan defined future land uses and offered solutions to the transportation network to encourage reinvestment. Community members identified the Ephesus Church Road/Fordham Boulevard as an area likely to change in the future due to vacant land, underdeveloped sites, and its location along transportation and transit corridors. To learn more about the adopted plan, visit: www.townofchapelhill.org/index.aspx?page=1518.

Ephesus Church/Fordham is within Area 5: North 15-501, one of six future focus areas outlined in the Chapel Hill 2020 Comprehensive Plan and the adopted small area plan. Future focus areas are portions of Chapel Hill most likely to change in the future due to vacant land, underdeveloped sites, and their locations along transportation and transit corridors. In total, these areas represent about 24 percent of the land in Chapel Hill, and they do not include the predominately single-family areas and neighborhoods of Chapel Hill.

The Town’s other focus areas are Area 1: Downtown Chapel Hill; Area 2: North Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard/I-40; Area 3: South Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard/Homestead Road to Estes Drive; Area 4: Highway 54; and Area 6: South 15-501.

For those unable to attend this meeting, there will be opportunities for future involvement. To be added to the email distribution list for the Ephesus Church Road-Fordham Boulevard Focus Area or to submit questions, contact compplan@townofchapelhill.org or 919-968-2728. To find more information, visit www.townofchapelhill.org/index.aspx?page=1656. More information about Lee Einsweiler and Code Studio is available at www.code-studio.com/.

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