For more information about the August 7th Central West Steering Comittee meeting, please see below!
Central West Focus Area
August 7, 2013 Steering Committee Meeting
By: Michael Parker and Amy Ryan, Co-Chairs, Central West Steering Committee
The Central West Steering Committee met on August 7 at the Chapel Hill Public Library from 6:00 – 9:00 PM. Copies of all meeting materials can be found at www.townofchapelhill.org/centralwest All formal agreements of the Committee reflect the affirmative vote of at least 2/3 of the members present.
1. Opening Remarks: Megan Wooley began by noting that Trish D’Arconte, from the town Stormwater Management office, would not attend the evening’s meeting as expected because of illness, but that she would be rescheduled at a later date. Julie McClintock requested that Chris Jensen, the Town stormwater engineer, also be invited and Megan said she would contact him.
Julie McClintock requested that the time scheduled for Trish be used instead for a status update on the work plan. After discussion, it was decided that the extra time would be used for our land use discussions and that a work plan update would be scheduled for a later meeting.
Megan noted that the September community event had been rescheduled to September 3 because of the Jewish holidays (this date has since been changed to September 10) and gave an update for plans for the area walking tour on August 25.
2. Community Participation: Several individuals from the community than shared comments/opinions with the Committee.
3. Land Planning Charrette: The Committee resumed discussion of land use issues in the area along the Estes corridor (areas A—F) and agreed on the following:
– Parcels B and C should have a mix of uses, including: incubator (create relationship with Carolina North), significant residential along northern section, non-residential uses along Estes (intensities that are lower than Parcel A), and institutional uses (such as a parks and recreation center). An alternative scenario for this area should also be tested that would call for residential uses only on these parcels.
– Consider a road connecting Somerset and the proposed road running along the south part of the YMCA property to MLK and have it tested for transportation impacts.
– For area E, to apply environmental language from earlier discussions of areas G and H, and test two options: one that is residential, and one that is primarily residential with institutional/office uses along Estes Drive frontage.
– Area J should be residential.
– Because of meeting time constraints, the group was not able to make specific building height recommendations for areas A–F. It was agreed that we would test on the range of heights suggested by a majority of committee members in the July 1st “homework” activity, with area C changed from 2-4 stories, with any decision that the Committee has already made to supersede the July 1st activity heights.
– The group decided to test continuation of the area A retail strip south of MLK onto D and F. For testing purposes, we would assume that D would be a synthesis of uses and heights for areas A and B, and that F would assume an expansion of its current institutional use. A low-end use for Parcel D — institutional with a small area of retail — would also be tested.
4. Community Comment: The meeting concluded with comments from five community members.
Thanks to everyone who attended for your continued hard work and interest in the Central West process.
The next Central West Steering Committee meeting will be held tonight, Thursday, August 29th from 6:00-9:00pm at the Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive.