Monthly Archives: May 2013

May 18 Community Workshop

The Community Workshop was held on Saturday morning, May 18, at the Chapel Hill Public Library.  The purpose of this Workshop was to gain community feedback to the Planning Principles and Concept Maps which are under development by the Central West Steering Committee.

The first big activity was a ranking exercise of principles and objectives that are to guide the final recommendations to the Town Council. Staff report is here: Planning Principles and Objectives_For 5-30-2013 Meeting.

The second activity involved small group discussion of  three concepts presented by the Consultant, including new roads. Presentation by consultant is here.

Participants were told that they could review but not consider a fourth map which reflects the current zoning and land use pattern in the Estes and MLK area.  A large majority of those attending voiced objections and felt a lower intensity map should have been presented for consideration.

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Time for more public comment

A Community Workshop will be held on Saturday morning, May 18, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Chapel Hill Public Library.  The purpose of this Workshop is to gain community feedback to the Planning Principles and Concept Maps which are under development by the Central West Steering Committee.  This Workshop is the last time for community input before the Steering Committee’s draft report is submitted to the Town Council on June 24.

The Workshop will have two major activities – a detailed agenda for the Community Workshop.  The initial focus (9:00 to 10:10) will be on the Guiding Principles. The objectives for these Planning Principles will also be reviewed.

The second activity of the Workshop (10:20 to noon) is to review and react to the Guiding Principles and  three maps.    According to the Consultant these Concept Maps are an attempt to visualize three levels of development in the area of Estes and MLK: 1) residential focus, 2) residential and office focus, and 3) mixed use focus.  Each map includes a possible new road structure.   Also accompanying each of the three maps is a second map where estimates are made of the increasing density (as one moves from 1 –> 2 –> 3 ).

After you review the three Planning Concept maps you may want to look at a fourth map which reflects the current zoning and land use pattern in the Estes and MLK area. The Planning Concept maps above are not the exact ones you will be reviewing during the Workshop, because the ones provided are being revised by the consultants.

Please join the Community Workshop on Saturday morning the 18th; this Workshop is a critical step in the path toward the draft report by the Central West Steering Committee to the Council on June 24.