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.

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

What do you think the “MLK/Estes Drive Focus Area” should be called? And what should its boundary be? Let us know!

On August 28th and 29th, 2012, a Public Information Open House for the MLK/Estes Drive Focus Area was held with the purpose of providing information about the area that can be used as a starting point for community discussions.

During the Open House, the participants were asked to provide their thoughts and ideas about the following:

  1. What the process should be called
  2. What the boundary of the focus area should be

Common answers about the name of the process include the following:

  • MLK/Estes Drive Focus Area
  • Estes Drive/MLK Focus Area
  • MLK/Estes Drive Study Area
  • MLK/Estes Drive Community Focus Area
  • MLK-Carolina North-Estes Drive Focus Area
  • Mid-town Focus Area

 What do you think?

We would like to gather everyone’s thoughts about this. What do you think the focus area should be called? And what should the boundaries be? Please provide the information as a comment to this post.

A copy of the handout (which provided a tentative map of the area) provided at the Open House can be found here.

We will be gathering comments until noon on Thursday, September 13th. On the evening of Thursday, September 13th, the first in a series of three “Recommendation Meetings” will be held. This meeting will be from 7-8:30pm in the First Floor Conference Room, Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill. All community members are invited to attend, and the purpose of this meeting will be to develop a recommendation which can be sent to Council for their consideration.

We will post the recommendation about the name and boundary to this blog on Monday, September 17th.

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