DESIGN 2020 Presents LaUNCH Chapel Hill

Launch Chapel HillThe Town of Chapel Hill Special Topics sessions continue for the community with a presentation on “LaUNCH Chapel Hill” at noon Wednesday, March 20, in the Council Chamber of Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend. 

LAUNCH Chapel Hill , a laboratory for entrepreneurs or “venture lab,” opened in January at 321 W. Rosemary St. The collaborative venture was made possible by the efforts of the Town of Chapel Hill, Orange County, UNC- Chapel Hill, and the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership. Program management for LaUNCH is provided by UNC-Chapel Hill through the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies and the Kenan-Flagler Business School. 

Wednesday’s presentation will be made by Bobby Funk, asssistant director of the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, with partners of the venture lab. 

LAUNCH Chapel Hill provides three key benefits: 1. Street smart training events and networking opportunities; 2. Subsidized rent and services for those in need; 3. Mentoring by experienced entrepreneurs as well as industry contacts and fundraising assistance 

The Special Topics series began during the Chapel Hill 2020 comprehensive planning process as a way to share information with interested residents who want to know more about issues, trends and studies that affect the future. For past topics, see www.townofchapelhill.org/video  DESIGN Chapel Hill 2020 recognizes that the adoption of the comprehensive plan was not an end point, but a beginning. Now that the community’s ideas have been articulated through the comprehensive plan, these ideas may be used toward designing our community. Look for more DESIGN special events coming soon.

The public event will be aired live on Chapel Hill Government TV-18 and streamed on the Town of Chapel Hill website at http://www.townofchapelhill.org/video. For more information about the special topic series, contact Catherine Lazorko at clazorko@townofchapelhill.org or 919-969-5055.

Take the Central West Focus Area Questionnaire

Help the Town of Chapel Hill gauge perceptions of the Central West Focus Area by completing a survey at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CentralWestQuestionnaire 

The easy, 10-question survey will be available until 5 p.m. Thursday, March 28.

The Central West Focus Area is located along Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard and Estes Drive, bounded by E. Franklin Street to the east, the Carolina North Campus to the west, and Homestead Road to the north.

The area was identified as a priority during the Chapel Hill 2020 comprehensive planning process due to the known development pressures in the area. During the adoption of the Chapel Hill 2020 comprehensive plan, the Council requested that the Town staff work with the community to develop a process that would provide an opportunity for more focused discussion that would ultimately provide the Council with additional direction for the area.

The questionnaire was prepared by the Central West Focus Area Committee, which was appointed in December 2012 by the Town Council to provide ideas for planning the uses, form and intensity in the area. The committee is expected to prepare a report to the Council before its June 2013 meeting; a final plan should be provided no later than December 2013.

The committee is charged with ensuring that the process is open and participatory and that broad engagement occurs with the full community. A community workshop was held on March 2 to gather the community’s perceptions and vision about the area. Feedback from that workshop, as well as the questionnaire, will be used to aid the Committee ask they develop recommendations for Council regarding the form, use, and intensity of the Central West area.

For more information about the Central West Focus Area and upcoming meetings, visit www.townofchapelhill.org/centralwest.

Take the budget survey! What do you value?

Chapel Hill residents are invited to take an informal survey to rank their 2013-14 budget priorities for the Town of Chapel Hill. The survey will be posted through April 1 at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/SGQRRXS.

The survey is being used as part of a priority based budgeting system that aims to better align budget decisions with community values.

The purpose of the unscientific online polling is to gather a sampling of opinions about which budget objectives should be emphasized in the next fiscal year (FY2013-14 Budget Year). Survey results will be shared on the Town website in April and will be provided to Council and Town Manager Roger Stancil during their budget deliberations. The final prioritization of budget objectives will be used in conjunction with the evaluation of budget programs to develop the Manager’s recommended budget. Public input will be an important factor as the Council considers many issues in determining how to assign values to the Town’s programs.

“We hope that residents will use this as another opportunity to express their opinions,” said Ken Pennoyer, director of business management. “The feedback provided is extremely important as we consider changes to meet the needs of our community.”

The survey is divided into two parts. In the first part, you rank the objectives within each of the respective budget goals in the order of importance, with the number 1 being the most important. You do this for each of the six Budget Objectives and their associated objectives. The second part of the survey is a selection of nine of the 25 budget objectives that you believe should be emphasized in the FY2013-14 Budget Year.

Budget Goals for the FY2013-14 Budget Process:

  • Strategic, Sustainable and Balance Development – Providing for comprehensive, successful growth and development 
  • Safe Community – Providing services to preserve and protect people and property 
  • Stewardship of the Natural Environment – Providing services that preserve the natural environment by promoting sustainable practice 
  • Inclusive and Socially Thriving Community – Providing leisure, cultural and social opportunities to the entire community 
  • Accessible and Connected Community – Provide reliable infrastructure and an effective and connected transportation system 
  • Quality Governance & Stewardship of Public Assets – Provide an effective, efficient and sustainable organization

The process of determining how the Chapel Hill community values the services the Town provides began with the Chapel Hill 2020 Community Comprehensive Planning Process. These budget goals represent long-range targets that stem from the Town’s vision. In addition to the six goals, there are 25 budget objectives that represent specific results needed for goal achievement.

“Priority budging is based on the premise that, although everything we do as a Town is important, not everything we do is equally important,” Pennoyer said. “When revenues are not sufficient to fully support all of our services, what we choose to reduce and what we choose to maintain should be based on how services (programs) are valued by the public we serve.”

To review progress on the development of the FY2013-14 Budget Year, see http://www.townofchapelhill.org/budget The Town of Chapel Hill Community Survey is a scientific survey that measures the public’s perception of Town services. Those survey results are posted at www.townofchapelhill.org/survey

“Sketching Chapel Hill” RESCHEDULED

DESIGN Chapel Hill 2020

IMPORTANT NOTICE: This event will be rescheduled due to forecasts of inclement weather. We regret the inconvenience, and hope you will join us when we announce the new date!

Come join us at “Sketching Chapel Hill,” a series of free informational sessions on Saturday, Jan. 26, that will be idea-inspiring, conversation-sparking and thought-provoking. Sessions will be held throughout the day in the Council Chamber of Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill 27514.

“Sketching” is an education program of DESIGN Chapel Hill 2020, the title given to the implementation phase of the Chapel Hill 2020 comprehensive plan. The sessions will focus on community-wide topics as well as topics pertaining to the Central West and Ephesus/Fordham Focus Areas.

DESIGN Chapel Hill 2020 recognizes that the adoption of the comprehensive plan was not an end point, but a beginning. Now that the community’s ideas have been articulated through the comprehensive plan, these ideas may be used toward designing our community. This month’s “Sketching Chapel Hill” meets an interest expressed by many participants during the Chapel Hill 2020 for continued civic education in such areas as designing public spaces, zoning rules, transportation system, landscape design, and more.

“We are looking forward to continued public involvement as we begin to evaluate and implement the goals and action items for the goals – and take other steps towards implementing the Chapel Hill 2020 Plan,” said Mary Jane Nirdlinger, director of policy and strategic planning for the Town of Chapel Hill.

“Sketching” participants may come for all sessions or drop in for topics of interest. For more information, contact Megan Wooley, housing and neighborhood services planner, at mwooley@townofchapelhill.org or 919-969-5059. To learn more about DESIGN Chapel Hill 2020, visit www.townofchapelhill.org/design

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Schedule for Sketching Chapel Hill 
Saturday, January 26

Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. 

8:30 a.m.: Sign-in Begins

9:15 a.m.: Welcome

9:30-10:30 a.m.: Session 1: Creating Healthy Hubs Through Zoning 
Presenter: Roger Waldon, Principal, Clarion Associates 
Resources 
Before this session, you could watch this presentation about Form-Based Codes:http://chapelhill.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=5&clip_id=1396. This presentation was given by Lee Einsweiler, Principal at Code Studio, on March 15, 2012.

10:45-11:45 a.m.: Session 2: Growing Creative Businesses and Community Spaces 
Presenters: Judith Cone, Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Innovation & Entrepreneurship 
Bobby Funk, Assistant Director, Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership 
Len Wohadlo, Founder, 3 Birds Marketing 
Resources 
Before this session, be sure to check out the LAUNCH-CHAPEL HILL website:http://launchchapelhill.com/home

11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.: Break for Lunch

1:15-2:15 p.m.: Session 3: Making Transportation Decisions on a Local Level 
Presenter: George Alexiou, Principal, Martin/Alexiou/Bryson 
Resources 
Before this session, check out the Town’s Complete Streets webpage:http://www.townofchapelhill.org/index.aspx?page=1599 
Also, be sure to watch the special topics presentation about Chapel Hill’s Future Transit Network:http://chapelhill.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=9&clip_id=1326. This presentation was given by David Bonk, Long Range and Transportation Manager, and Steve Spade, the former director of Chapel Hill Transit, on February 10, 2012.

2:30-3:30 p.m.: Session 4: Carolina North Update 
Presenter: Bruce Runberg, Associate Vice Chancellor of Facilities, Operations, Planning & Design, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 
Resources 
Before this session, check out the Town’s Carolina North webpage:http://www.townofchapelhill.org/index.aspx?page=900 
Also, be sure to watch this special topics presentation about Student Housing:http://chapelhill.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=9&clip_id=1569. This presentation was given by representatives from UNC Student Affairs on August 15, 2012.

Chapel Hill 2020 Participants: Take this Survey!

Did you participate in Chapel Hill 2020? The Chapel Hill 2020 Participant Survey gives you the chance to share your experiences with the Town of Chapel Hill. It takes less than twenty minutes to complete and lets the Town receive important information for strengthening future public engagement efforts. The survey is open through Dec. 23.

The online survey is available at this link: http://bit.ly/VCDSbx

Paper copies are available at The Chapel Hill Library, The Seymour Center, and The Parks and Recreation Administrative Office on Plant Road.

Fill out a survey, and let us hear from you!

Learn more about the Chapel Hill Participant Survey at http://www.townofchapelhill.org/index.aspx?recordid=5750&page=22

Central West Focus Area Steering Committee to Meet

Design-Chapel-Hill-2020WEB-LGThe Town Council has appointed members to the Central West Focus Area Steering Committee, a group that will provide ideas for planning the uses, form and intensity along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and portions of Estes Drive. The committee will be expected to prepare a report to the Town Council before its last June 2013 meeting; a final plan should be provided no later than December 2013.
The members are Jeff Kidd and non-voting alternate Gordon Merklein (UNC-Chapel Hill); Mia Burroughs and non-voting alternate Todd LoFrese (Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools); Amy Ryan and non-voting alternate John Ager (Planning Board); Michael Parker (Transportation Board); Keith Billy (Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Board); Anthony Carey, Lucy Carol Davis, Bruce Murray and Whit Rummel (business owners/landowners/non-profit representatives from the area including one Chamber of Commerce member); Abby Parcell (renter from the Planning and Impact Area); and Eric J. Hyman, David S. Tuttle, Sarah K. McIntee, Firoz Rustom Mistry, Mickey Jo Sorrell, and Elizabeth (Buffie) Webber (residents of the planning and impact areas).
The Steering Committee’s first meeting will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 19 at the Large Conference Room in the Transit Building, 6900 Millhouse Road. A community workshop/charette is tentatively planned for Feb. 15-16, 2013, to gather ideas and thoughts about the areas from all community members. The steering committee is charged with ensuring that the process is open and participatory and that broad engagement occurs with the full community.
The Central West Focus Area was identified as a priority during the Chapel Hill 2020 comprehensive planning process due to the known development pressures in the area. During the adoption of the Chapel Hill 2020 comprehensive plan, the Council requested that the Town staff work with the community to develop a process that would provide an opportunity for more focused discussion that would ultimately provide the Council with additional direction for the area.

Between mid-September and early October 2012, four community meetings were held to develop recommendations regarding the process to be sent to the Council. During the Oct. 24, meeting, the Council reviewed the community, Planning Board, and Town staff recommendations, and the Council endorsed the formation of the Central West Focus Area Steering Committee.

For information about the Central West Focus Area, contact Megan Wooley, Housing and Neighborhood Services Planner II, at 919-969-5059 or compplan@townofchapelhill.org.

Applications accepted for the Central West Focus Area Steering Committee

 

Map workshopApplications are now being accepted by the Town of Chapel Hill for the Central West Focus Area Steering Committee to provide ideas for planning the uses, form and intensity along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and portions of Estes Drive. The committee is charged with facilitating broad public input, and to receive and integrate community feedback.

A communitywide design charette will be planned to gather feedback from all residents of Chapel Hill. The steering committee is charged with ensuring that the process is open and participatory and that broad engagement occurs with the full community.

Applications for the 17-member committee will be accepted through Nov. 12, and members are expected to be announced on Dec. 3. Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt will appoint three Town Council members to make recommendations for committee membership to the full Council, and all Council members are welcome to participate in the selection process.

The steering committee membership will include a UNC-Chapel Hill liaison, Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools liaison, a Planning Board member, a Transportation member, Business owners/Landowners/Non-profit representatives from the area including one Chamber of Commerce member; 6 residents from the Planning and Impact Areas, 1 renter from the Planning or Impact Area, 1 Public Housing Resident or representative, and 1 Bicycle and Pedestrian Board or Greenways Commission member. To view a detailed list of the committee composition, see http://bit.ly/SzYt0Y

A possible first steering committee meeting may be held in December 2012, and the full process is tentatively scheduled to begin in January 2013. The committee will be expected to prepare a draft plan to the Town Council before its last June 2013 meeting; a final plan should be provided no later than December 2013.

Background

The Central West Focus Area was identified as a priority during the Chapel Hill 2020 comprehensive planning process due to the known development pressures in the area. During the adoption of the Chapel Hill 2020 comprehensive plan, the Council requested that the Town staff work with the community to develop a process that would provide an opportunity for more focused discussion that would ultimately provide the Council with additional direction for the area.

Between mid-September and early October 2012, four community meetings were held to develop recommendations to Council regarding the process. During the Oct. 24, 2012, meeting, the Council reviewed the community, Planning Board, and Town staff recommendations, and the Council endorsed the formation of the Central West Focus Area Steering Committee. For more information, see http://www.townofchapelhill.org/centralwest

For information about the Central West Focus Area, contact Planner Megan Wooley at 919-969-5059 or compplan@townofchapelhill.org.

To Apply

If you are interested in being a member of the Central West Focus Area, please complete the following steps:

1. Fill out the following application: Application for Membership on a Town of Chapel Hill Advisory Board, Commission, Committee or Task Force

  • Read the directions carefully and be sure to include “Central West Focus Area” at the bottom of page one along with the seat on the Steering Committee for which you would like to be considered (for more information about the Steering Committee’s composition and a list of positions, see below).
  • Only apply for one seat on the Committee.
  • Identify all your interest areas with regards to this Committee in the supporting statement on the application (for example, if you are a resident, business owner, school employee, advisory board member etc.). This information will assist the selection committee when making recommendations about the committee composition.

2. Submit your application:

  • Email the application to clerk@townofchapelhill.org; or
  • Fax the application to 919-967-8406; or
  • Mail the application to: Communications and Public Affairs Department, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill, NC 27514

For more information about the application process, contact Jennifer Phillips, Community Participation Coordinator, at jphillips@townofchapelhill.org or 919-969-5014.

Chapel Hill 2020 Report and Recommendations

The UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government has completed “Chapel Hill 2020: An Assessment of Public Participation,” a report that includes results of a summer 2012 survey of participants and a study of the public engagement process used by the Town of Chapel Hill. Read the report here: www.townofchapelhill.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=15998

Chapel Hill 2020 was the community visioning process that took place from spring 2011 to June 2012 to update the Town’s comprehensive plan. The level of public participation surpassed any other process of its kind in the Chapel Hill community. The outreach and engagement effort strived to be creative, engaging, and open to innovation and exploration. 

Mary Jane Nirdlinger, the Town’s director of policy and strategic initiatives, said that as 2020 moves into implementation, staff will draw on the input and lessons learned to continue to learn and evolve as an organization. About 125 people participated in the survey. Their observations help identify an interest in early and clear understanding of trade-offs, establishing clear links between community input and final products, reporting on progress, and investing in sustained community outreach and participation. 

“I believe the report points out many opportunities for us to capture our good work and take it to the next level,” Nirdlinger said. “If you have ideas for how we can learn from our mistakes and celebrate our successes, I’d love to hear from you!” 

The work of implementing Chapel Hill 2020 continues. To sign up to receive regular updates on Chapel Hill 2020, contact info@townofchapelhill.org. To provide ideas for the project, contact Mary Jane Nirdlinger atmnirdlinger@townofchapelhill.org or 919-968-2739.

Special Topics: Large Crowd Management

Special TopicsThe Town of Chapel Hill Special Topics sessions continue for the community with a presentation on large crowd management at noon Wednesday, Oct. 17, in the Council Chamber of Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

Chapel Hill public safety leadership has gained attention for its unique ability to manage large crowd celebrations. Police Chief Chris Blue and Fire Chief Dan Jones will discuss some of the strategies that Chapel Hill employs to manage such large scale events.

From Halloween to NCAA basketball championships, large crowds in downtown Chapel Hill can easily soar to the tens of thousands of people. Enormous crowds confined in a congested half-mile stretch of Franklin Street can present public safety concerns related to personal and property crime, crowd panic and large scale civil disorders. Additional concerns focus on alcohol poisoning, injuries and gang-related violence.

The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session.

Chief Blue began work with the Town of Chapel Hill in 1997. A UNC graduate who grew up in Chapel Hill, he is married with two daughters.

Chief Jones came to Chapel Hill from Florida in 1990 to become fire chief. He has 38 years of experience in the fire service, rising through the ranks. His wife and daughter are teachers, and his son-in-law is a police officer.

The Special Topics series began during the Chapel Hill 2020 comprehensive planning process as a way to share information with interested residents who want to know more about issues, trends and studies that affect the future. For past topics, see www.townofchapelhill.org/video

The public event will be aired live on Chapel Hill Government TV-18 and streamed on the Town of Chapel Hill website at www.townofchapelhill.org/index.aspx?page=1850. For more information about the special topic series, contact Catherine Lazorko at clazorko@townofchapelhill.org or 919-969-5055.

 

Chris Blue   Dan Jones

Police Chief Chris Blue

 

Fire Chief Dan Jones

MLK/Estes Drive Focus Area – Recommendation Meeting Updates

Thank you to everyone who attended the Recommendation Meeting #2 on September 19th and the Recommendation Meeting #3 on September 24th. The next Recommendation Meeting will be held on Monday, October 1st from 7-9pm in the Large Training Room in the Transit Building, located at 6900 Millhouse Road, Chapel Hill 27516.

The purpose of this meeting is to continue to develop the recommendations about the Steering Committee structure and purpose as well as the scope and schedule for gathering community thoughts and ideas about the area.

As a follow-up to the second Recommendation Meeting on September 19th, the results from the survey about the Steering Committee can be found here. The survey had 75 respondents.

 In addition, the meeting summary, which includes the proposed structures for the Steering Committee composition, can be found here.