Town Council Accepts the Obey Creek Compass Committee’s Report and Votes to Proceed to the Next Steps of the Development Agreement Process

On Monday, January 13th the Chapel Hill Town Council voted to accept the Obey Creek Compass Committee’s report, proceed with the Obey Creek development process,  and add  in a new checkpoint. During Phase 2, the Technical Team will work with developers and Town staffers to continue to revise the proposed development plan and study how it will impact the surrounding area. The study will explore potential effects on traffic, school capacity, the environment and other concerns. At the end of that phase, the Council will review the data and vote whether or not to enter into direct negotiations with developers at East West Partners.

During the meeting, The Council praised the Committee’s work, which included participating in 22 meetings starting in July, serving as a conduit to the public and,  producing a valuable report. Council member Donna Bell,  the Council liaison to the Obey Creek Compass Committee, expressed her appreciation of their work.  Thanks Obey Creek Compass Committee!

Exhale by internationally renowned landscape architect Mikyoung Kim

Exhale -  the Town's most recent public art installation by internationally renowned landscape architect Mikyoung Kim

Enjoying the new art sculpture with colorful lighting and fog effects at downtown Chapel Hill’s new public plaza at 140 West Franklin.

“Exhale” consists of a folded and layered perforated metal skin that allows for fog to emanate through the textured surfaces of the piece. The amount of fog emanating from the sculpture is controlled by a sophisticated computerized weather station that reads the wind velocity and adjusts the amount of fog accordingly.

Artist Mikyoung Kim states: “Exhale moves beyond art as object, and suggests a point of transition, interaction, and activation – a place to observe people utilizing the various zones of the plaza, making them an active, integrated part of the art piece.”

To view the schedule of events at 140 West Plaza, visit

Word Clouds from Community Input

With the help of a good intern, we took the words and ideas from the papers and put them in a spreadsheet. We took that data and used Wordle, a web based tool for generating word clouds, to create this image. Word clouds are used to  quickly indicate the most commonly used words  in a block of text – the bigger the word, the more frequently it was used. 

Each table has their own word cloud (the smaller ones).  The 200 most frequently recorded words from all tables are in the larger cloud in the center.

There are many ways to think about words, ideas, and data. This is just one – what do you think?

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