Save the Date! Downtown Imagined: Community Input Meetings on August 11!

Join us for information, conversation, and imagination at the Downtown Imagined: Community Input Meetings on Monday, August 11!

The purpose of the Downtown Imagined: Community Input Meetings are to gather community ideas and thoughts about the future of Downtown Chapel Hill and to receive community input on the updated concept and expanded draft plan that includes all of downtown.

When: Monday, August 11, 2014
What time: Two identical drop-in meetings will be held at the following times:
– 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., with a brief overview presentation at 12:15 p.m.
– 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., with a brief overview presentation at 5:15 p.m.

Where: Both meetings will be held in the Great Room at University Baptist Church, at the corner of Franklin and Columbia Streets (100 S. Columbia Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514). To get to the Great Room, please use the church entrance that is located at the back of the church; signs will guide you to the Great Room.

Parking: For information about places to park when coming to the meeting, please visit http://www.parkonthehill.com

This planning effort expands on the early work of Rosemary Imagined. Downtown Imagined will build upon the work and community input from Rosemary Imagined to develop a plan for all of downtown. The goal of this effort is to develop a vision for the future of the downtown that emphasizes the Town’s focus on connections, choices, and community.

For more information about the Downtown Imagined process, visit http://www.rosemaryimagined.com or watch this video at http://vimeo.com/100352539

For questions, please contact Megan Wooley, community sustainability planner for the Town of Chapel Hill, and Meg McGurk, executive director for the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership at info@rosemaryimagined.com. Megan can also be reached at 919-969-5059, and Meg can be reached at 919-967-9440.

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Save the Date! Rosemary Imagined: Second Community Review Meeting on June 9

Join us for information, conversation, and imagination at the Rosemary Imagined: Second Community Review Meeting on Monday, June 9!

The purpose of the Rosemary Imagined: Second Community Review Meeting is to gather community feedback on the revised draft concept and the revised draft Rosemary Street Vision and Implementation Plan.

In April, we began gathering input and thoughts from neighborhood and downtown residents, business owners, community members, and many others about the three draft concepts and the draft vision plan for Rosemary Street. We received a lot of great feedback, and thank you to everyone who attended the meetings! We have taken the input and revised the three draft concepts into one draft concept and have updated the draft vision plan. We would now like your feedback about the revised draft concept and draft vision plan!

Two drop-in meetings will be held on June 9 and will be at the following times:
– 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., with a brief overview presentation at 12:15 p.m.
– 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., with a brief overview presentation at 5:15 p.m.

Both meetings will be held in the Sky Lounge at Greenbridge, 601 Rosemary Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516. The format of these two meetings will be identical; the purpose of holding two meetings is to provide multiple opportunities for participants to attend and provide their input.

For information about places to park when coming to the meeting, please visit http://www.parkonthehill.com

Rosemary Imagined is an innovative community-led planning initiative that will refine our thinking of how Rosemary Street fits into the development and growth of downtown Chapel Hill. This goal of this effort is to develop a vision for the future of the Rosemary Street corridor that emphasizes the Town’s focus on connections, choices, and community.

For more information about the Rosemary Imagined process, visit http://www.rosemaryimagined.com

For questions, please contact Megan Wooley, housing and neighborhood services planner for the Town of Chapel Hill, and Meg McGurk, executive director for the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership at info@rosemaryimagined.com. Megan can also be reached at 919-969-5059, and Meg can be reached at 919-967-9440.

Review the draft Rosemary Imagined Concepts and draft Vision Plan!

Thank you to everyone who attended the Rosemary Imagined: First Community Review Meeting this morning! We had a great turnout and received lots of good ideas, feedback, and questions! We will be holding another session this evening from 6:00-8:00pm in the Sky Lounge at Greenbridge (601 Rosemary Street) – you should drop by!

During the meeting, participants provided thoughts and feedback about the three draft concepts (titled Option A, Option B, and Option C) and the draft Rosemary Street Vision and Implementation Plan.

Draft Concepts – Options A, B, and C

The draft concepts have been developed by the consulting team from KlingStubbins, a planning firm located in Raleigh. These concepts are based upon the community input and feedback received during the community meetings held in the summer and fall of 2013 and from meetings with property owners.

For a copy of the draft concepts, please click here: DRAFT CONCEPTS

Please review these concepts and provide your thoughts and ideas! What do you like about these concepts? What are you concerned about? Are these concepts missing anything? Let us know!

Send your thoughts and ideas to Meg McGurk and Megan Wooley at info@rosemaryimagined.com

Draft Rosemary Street Vision and Implementation Plan

During the Rosemary Imagined community meetings, many participants shared visions for and ideas about the Rosemary Street of the future. These ideas were pulled together to create the draft Rosemary Street Vision and Implementation Plan.

For a copy of the draft Rosemary Street Vision and Implementation Plan, please click here: DRAFT PLAN

The plan outlines nineteen visions for Rosemary Street and provides a vision statement, a lead, partners, and next steps for each of the visions.

We would like your feedback about this draft plan! Do you have ideas for implementation strategies or next steps? Would you like to be an implementation partner? Is the draft plan missing anything? Let us know!

Please send your ideas to Meg McGurk and Megan Wooley at info@rosemaryimagined.com

Next Steps

We are currently in the process of gathering community input about the draft concepts and the draft Rosemary Street Vision and Implementation Plan!

In early to mid May, the three draft concepts will be revised to develop one draft concept. A Second Community Review meeting will be held in late May or early June to receive community feedback about the revised draft concept and revised draft Rosemary Street Vision and Implementation Plan.

October 6th – Meeting Summary Draft Vision and Themes

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On October 6, 2011, more than 210 Chapel Hill community members gathered at the East Chapel Hill High School Auditorium to review and react to the compilation of ideas from the September 27 meeting.

Until 7:30, meeting attendees mingled and viewed word clouds and statements of six thematic areas, four vision statements, and five principles that will shape the work of committees going forward.  They picked up their ‘clickers’ for voting and moved into the auditorium.

At 7:35, Mayor Pro Tem, Jim Ward, welcomed the crowd and thanked them for attendance.  He specified the purpose of the meeting was to let staff know whether they had properly captured the ideas from the first meeting. Fundamentally, the process will include input from a diverse group of ages, races, ethnicity, and backgrounds.

Following Jim’s welcome, George Cianciolo provided background on the project to date. He emphasized that everything posted on display is a draft and open to community feedback both through this blog, the Town of Chapel Hill website, and via feedback forms.

Rosemary Waldorf then introduced the individuals who will be eventually be theme group leaders, people who represent a broad cross section of the community. She also gave everyone a quick overview of the evening’s purpose – to check in on how well the draft statements reflected the discussions on the 27th – and the importance of moving this information forward into the key theme groups where content and depth will be added.

George then announced the next opportunity for input on October 22, from 11 AM – 3 PM, at University Mall. The event will be a community open house, coinciding with the opening of the Chapel Hill Public Library temporary location in University Mall. He also introduced the facilitator for the evening, John Stephens, professor at the University of North Carolina School of Government.

John walked the audience through the voting on draft visions and theme, which was interesting – and the results will be posted here shortly so you can see for yourself.  However, as people expressed their levels of support – ranging from “I fully support” to “I have significant concerns, and do not support” – there was no way to hear exactly which part of a vision or theme people did or did not support.  After the voting, everyone moved out to the lobby to write down their suggestions, new phrases, or ideas that they didn’t think were fully covered.

Participants were able to place post-it notes onto large printouts of the visions and themes and sign up for theme group committees.  The key theme groups will beging working on October 27th, at 4:30 pm.  Check the schedule for details.

We’ll continue to gather comments here, through our outreach efforts and bring new information to our first community open house, October 22, 2011, 11 AM – 3 PM at University Mall.

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