Central West Focus Area Update to Council

During last evening’s Council meeting, the Central West Steering Committee co-chairs, Amy Ryan and Michael Parker, presented an update to the Council about the Central West Focus Area process. When the Council endorsed the Central West process in October 2012, they requested that an update be provided in June 2013.

The presentation provided an overview of the draft planning principles and objectives that have been developed by the Steering Committee as well as the planning concepts that have been developed by the Rhodeside & Harwell consulting firm and reviewed by the Steering Committee.

For the video of the presentation, please click here.

For a PDF of the presentation, please click here.

The Steering Committee will continue their work to develop a recommendation for a small area plan throughout the summer and fall. For more information about the Central West process, visit www.townofchapelhill.org/centralwest


Central West Steering Committee Reviews Concepts

During last evening’s Central West Steering Committee meeting, the Steering Committee reviewed two updated concepts. The comments from the June 4th Steering Committee meeting about the three concept plans and the Citizen Concept Plan were pulled together and constituted these two concepts. The two concepts focus on different themes: one is A Walkable Residential Community and the other is a Town/Gown Village.

The Steering Committee reviewed the presentation about these two concepts and requested time to continue the dicussion about these concepts and the concepts presented on June 4th. The Steering Committee will continue their conversation during the next Steering Committee meeting on July 1st from 6:00-9:00pm at the Siena Hotel.

For the A Walkable Residential Community concept, please see below:

Concept A_6-11-2013

For the Town/Gown Village concept, please see below:

Concept B_6-11-2013

For a copy of the presentation that provides more information about these concepts and their themes, please visit http://www.townofchapelhill.org/centralwest

Central West Steering Committee Meeting – June 4, 2013

Check out the following meeting summary notes from the June 4, 2013 Central West Steering Committee meeting!

The next Steering Committee meeting will be this evening, Tuesday, June 11th from 7:00-9:00pm in the Tuscany Room at the Siena Hotel, 1505 E. Franklin Street. The meeting summary notes from this meeting will also be posted on this blog.

Thanks for reading!


Central West Focus Area June 4, 2013, Steering Committee Meeting Co-Chair Summary

By: Michael Parker & Amy Ryan, Co-Chairs, Central West Steering Committee

The Central West Steering Committee met on June 4th at the Chapel Hill Public Library from 4:30–6:45 PM. Copies of all meeting materials can be found at www.townofchapelhill.org/centralwest

Agenda Items

1.  Citizen Concept Presentation:  A group of citizens from the Estes neighborhoods submitted an alternative concept plan to the steering committee for their consideration.  The normal citizen comment period was extended by five minutes to give the presenters time to describe their plan.

2.  Presentation of Workshop 2 findings:  Meredith Judy of Rhodeside-Harwell, our planning consultant, presented a summary of the results of community input on the concept plans from our May 18 workshop.  Full transcripts of the small group work were also provided to the committee and are available on the Central West website.

3.  Presentation of new concept plans:  Deana Rhodeside presented three new schematic concept plans for the committee to consider.  The new plans were based on the discussions of the steering committee to date and the input from Workshop 2 and the Farmers Market booth display on May 18.

4.  Small Group Discussions:  The steering committee broke into four groups to discuss the three RH concept plans: what they liked, what needed to be improved, and what was missing.  Each group was also given a copy of the concept plan presented by the citizens, to use as they chose.  Some tables decided to review and comment on the citizen plan in the same way they reviewed the RH plans, while others took note of the citizens’ submission but did not review it specifically in their discussions.

During the time the committee was working, a table was set up at the side of the room for audience members to review and comment on the RH plans.  These comments will be transcribed and made available to the steering committee and on the CW website.

5.  Report-Out:  Each group gave a summary of their discussions—what they’d liked in the various plans and changes they’d suggest.

Next Steps

The committee meets again on June 11 (7:00–9:00 PM at the Siena Hotel). Rhodeside-Harwell will be presenting a revised set of concept plans, based on the committee’s work at the June 4 session.  The committee will be reviewing the plans in detail and making the final revisions that will appear in our interim report to Council on June 24.

Thanks to everyone who attended the meeting and to the committee for their continued hard work.

Central West Continues Discussion

Last week, the Central West Steering Committee had a lively discussion about the concepts for the Central West Focus Area.

The three concepts prepared by the consultants are available here.

Concepts Presentation 6 4 2013_Concept 1

Concepts Presentation 6 4 2013_Concept 2

Concept Presentation_6-4-2013_Concept 3

For a larger image, click on the image of the concepts above.

The Steering Committee will meet again next week on June 11th from 7:00-9:00PM in the Tuscany Room at the Siena Hotel, 1505 E. Franklin Street. During the meeting, the Committee will look at new concepts that respond to the input and discussion from the June 4th meeting.

The Steering Committee also received some ideas from the neighborhood representatives who attended the meeting. Click here for this presentation.

Central West Focus Area is on Flickr!

Do you like to keep up with what is going on in the Central West Focus Area? Do you like photography? If you answered yes to both of these questions, then you should consider joining the Central West Flickr page! The Central West Flickr site allows you to view pictures of the area that other members have posted, and to add your own photos to the collection as well.

We encourage you to go check out the Flickr site and see what others are posting about the Central West Focus area.
To access the Flickr Site, click here: www.flickr.com/groups/centralwest/
For detailed instructions for uploading images, click here.

While you are browsing around the site, take time to explore the many features that Flickr has to offer. You can provide captions for your photos and label them with tags to give viewers a better sense of how your photo relates to the focus area. Flickr also has a mobile app for smartphones, enabling you to view and post pictures when you are on the go. So, the next time you are wandering through the Central West area and see something that you would like to share with the group, snap a picture and upload it to the Flickr site! The Central West Flickr site is meant to be a useful AND fun tool in this process, so be sure to take advantage of it!

The Central West Focus Area is one of the six focus areas that were identified in Chapel Hill’s 2020 Comprehensive Plan. In December of 2012, a Central West Focus Area Steering Committee was formed, and the Committee has been working with community members to develop recommendations for the form, use, and intensity of the area. For more information about the Central West Focus Area process, visit www.townofchapelhill.org/centralwest

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.

MLK/Estes Drive Focus Area: How should the Steering Committee be structured? And what should its purpose be? Give us your thoughts!

On Wednesday, September 19th, the community will be gathering to discuss the Steering Committee structure, purpose, and application process for the MLK/Estes Drive Focus Area (recommended name: Central West Focus Area). This meeting will be held from 5:00-6:30pm in the HR Training Room, second floor, Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill.

In order to prepare for Wednesday’s meeting, a survey has been developed with the purpose of collecting information in advance of the meeting. Please complete this survey and provide us with your thoughts!

The survey can be found at the following link: Steering Committee Survey

The information from this survey will be compiled and will be a part of the discussion during the Wednesday, September 19th Recommendation Meeting #2.

Please complete the survey by noon on Wednesday, September 19th. The responses from the survey will be published on this blog by Friday, September 21st.

For more information about this process, please visit www.townofchapelhill.org/estesdrive