Town Seeks Public Comment on Ephesus Church /Fordham Draft Code

The Town of Chapel Hill is seeking public comment on its recently completed draft changes to land use regulations for the Ephesus Church Road/Fordham Boulevard focus area. The draft regulations have been released for public review, and comments will be accepted through 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013.

Town of Chapel Hill Economic Development Officer Dwight Bassett said: “The rezoning for the Ephesus Church-Fordham district provides an additional step in the implementation of this important vision for our community. We have spent the last two years working on functional engineering for the roads, studying the storm water issues and how we address affordable housing in this district. This rezoning moves forward the chance to improve on the quality of this district.”

The draft land use regulations are available at the Town’s website: www.townofchapelhill.org/ephesusfordham. The preferred method for commenting is via email to lumo@townofchapelhill.org with “Ephesus Church” in the subject line. Written comments may also be mailed to: Town of Chapel Hill Planning Department, Attn: Eric Feld, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill, NC 27514.

After the public review period ends on Sept. 17, staff will review and analyze the comments for consideration in the draft regulations. The community is also invited to attend the Planning Board meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, when the Planning Board is expected to review proposed the changes to land use regulations and offer a recommendation to the Town Council.

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.

To be added to the email distribution list for the Ephesus Church Road-Fordham Boulevard Focus Area or to submit questions, contact lumo@townofchapelhill.org or 919-968-2728. For more information, visit www.townofchapelhill.org/ephesusfordham. More information about Lee Einsweiler and Code Studio is available at www.code-studio.com/.

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Coming Up: Launch Week for Land Use Management Ordinance Update

Another DESIGN 2020 project is about to launch – the review and update of Chapel Hill’s land use and development rules, which are currently outlined in a document called the Land Use Management Ordinance (LUMO).

The Town Council adopted the Chapel Hill 2020 comprehensive plan in June 2012. Today, the work to implement the community’s new vision is termed DESIGN 2020 (www.townofchapelhill.org/design). The latest project is titled “LUMO Update,” which will work to revise and modernize the 10-year-old zoning and codes rulebook that guides and directs the development of land in Chapel Hill.

The Town of Chapel Hill will host a series of LUMO Update events beginning in September. Phase 1 topic areas include: Stormwater/Resource Conservation District, Parking Lot Landscaping, Bed and Breakfasts, and the Sign Ordinance. Future focus area coding for Ephesus Church/Fordham and general reformatting/reorganization of the LUMO document are also included in Phase 1.

Sep. 11: Council Work Session: Lee Einsweiler, Principal at Code Studio and lead consultant for the LUMO Update, will present an overview of the project, highlighting key milestones and other considerations. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in Meeting Room B at the Chapel Hill Library, located at 100 Library Drive.

Sep. 24: LUMO Launch Event: The Town will host a kickoff event to introduce the LUMO Update project to the community. Lead consultant, Lee Einsweiler of Code Studio, will provide an overview of the project. Town staff will begin receiving public input related to the specific topic areas under review as part of Phase 1. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. in the Great Hall at Extraordinary Ventures, 200 S. Elliott Road in Chapel Hill. Additional meetings will be held Sept. 25-26 to provide more details and gather additional stakeholder input on the Phase 1 topic areas (see below).

Sep. 25: LUMO Topic Area Stakeholder Meetings: The Town will host a meeting to hear from stakeholders who are interested in the Stormwater/Resource Conservation District and Parking Lot Landscaping components of the LUMO. Stakeholders are any person or persons interested in these topics, including Town advisory board and commission members who may already serve the Town in a related capacity. Lead project consultant, Lee Einsweiler of Code Studio, will provide information about the LUMO Update process and key considerations for these topic areas. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in Meeting Room B at the Chapel Hill Library, 100 Library Drive.

Sep. 26: LUMO Topic Area Stakeholder Meetings: The Town will host a meeting to hear from stakeholders who are interested in the Sign Ordinance and Bed & Breakfast components of the LUMO. Stakeholders are any person or persons interested in these topics, including Town advisory board and commission members who may already serve the Town in a related capacity. Lead project consultant, Lee Einsweiler of Code Studio, will be on hand to provide information about the LUMO Update process and key considerations for these topic areas. The meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. in Meeting Room B at the Chapel Hill Library, 100 Library Drive.

For more information about the LUMO Update, including a schedule for major milestones over the next several months, visit www.townofchapelhill.org/lumo. Would you like to receive regular e-mail updates about this project? Contact us at lumo@townofchapelhill.org.

The LUMO Update process is one of many public input opportunities of DESIGN Chapel Hill 2020. Learn more about all projects at www.townofchapelhill.org/design.

Contact: John Richardson 919-969-5075 or jrichardson@townofchapelhill.org