Compass Committee Discusses Development Options and Traffic

Over the past two weeks, the Obey Creek Compass Committee has heard from the Development Team, discussed economic and traffic impacts with Town Staff, and started a visioning process for the future of Obey Creek!

On August 28th , Roger Perry of East West Partners presented an overview of the history of the area, existing conditions, and community considerations. During his presentation, he described the development team’s desire to see connections to Southern Village, greenway possibilities, transit enhancements, public art, and green building design features. The discussion progressed to retail options (small, mid-sized, and large) and the possibility of building retail structures upwards, rather than outwards. Committee members asked the Development Team questions including what types of provisions would/could be made for town services.

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Following the presentation, Dwight Basset, the Town of Chapel Hill’s Economic Development Officer, fielded queries about fiscal impacts and the types of jobs the development could attract.
Before the meeting adjourned, Kimberly Brewer, a member of The Design Impacts Matrix Subcommittee, reviewed the potential impacts and design relationships categories that the subcommittee developed. The Committee also committed to thinking through a vision for the Obey Creek of the future!

A video of the presentation and draft vision statements are available at the Obey Creek Compass Committee page at Town of Chapel Hill website.

On September 4th, the Compass Committee met with Staff Members, David Bonk and Kumar Neppalli as well as NCDOT representative, Chuck Edwards. The topic of the evening was traffic. The Committee asked questions that fell into several major categories:

• Traffic impact based on development on site
• Larger impact on Big picture of Traffic issues in Chapel Hill
• Connectivity to Southern Village and Throughout the Obey Creek Area, including pedestrian, bike, (bus) and transit
• Mitigation Factors

The next meeting will be held on September the 12th at 6:30 at the Public Works Building #1 located at 6850 Millhouse Road.

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