CENTRAL WEST FOCUS AREA PLANNING
January 9, 2014
Background
 Part of/continuation of Chapel Hill 2020
 Outgrowth of six identified “Future Focus” areas
 Downtown
 Nort...
CWFA Planning and Impact Areas
Committee Organization and Decision-Making
 17 member committee appointed by Council
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8 residents of the surrounding ...
The 13 CW Planning Principles
 Create a strong sense of place
 Ensure community compatibility

 Create social connectio...
Overview of Recommendations

Planning Area
Totals
Use

Total

Residential

620 units

Office

100,000 sf

Retail

25,000 s...
Endorsements
 Unanimously endorsed by multiple Boards:
 Bike and Ped
 Transportation
 Parks and Recreation
 Planning ...
And the Upshot Is…
 A flawed process yielded a good plan
 Took too long
 Consumed too many resources
 Proved contentio...
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Central West Focus Area Update for EDPP

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On January 9, 2014, Central West Focus Area Steering Committee chair Michael Parker gave an update on the Central West plan approved by Chapel Hill Town Council.

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Central West Focus Area Update for EDPP

  1. 1. CENTRAL WEST FOCUS AREA PLANNING January 9, 2014
  2. 2. Background  Part of/continuation of Chapel Hill 2020  Outgrowth of six identified “Future Focus” areas  Downtown  North Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd./I-40  South Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd./Homestead Road to Estes Drive  Highway 54  North 15-501  South 15-501  First one to be addressed
  3. 3. CWFA Planning and Impact Areas
  4. 4. Committee Organization and Decision-Making  17 member committee appointed by Council   8 residents of the surrounding area 9 other representatives, including Advisory Board members, land and business owners  Committee determined its own decision-making process   Consensus was the goal 2/3 supermajority if no consensus  Consensus decisions (unanimous)     Principles and objectives Bike, pedestrian, and greenway plan Stormwater recommendations Improvements to Estes Road profile, including off-road trail  Supermajority decisions (2/3 majority or greater)     Land uses Heights and density Draft plan document Maximum Estes width of 5 lanes at the MLK intersection
  5. 5. The 13 CW Planning Principles  Create a strong sense of place  Ensure community compatibility  Create social connections  Improve physical connections  Minimize vehicular traffic impacts  Enhance pedestrian/bicycle experience  Improve the transit system  Encourage a diverse mix of uses  Encourage a diverse population  Respect existing neighborhoods  Employ environmentally sound practices  Feature, repair, and enhance natural resources  Consider economic impacts in development decisions
  6. 6. Overview of Recommendations Planning Area Totals Use Total Residential 620 units Office 100,000 sf Retail 25,000 sf Commercial 30,000 sf Hotel 65,000 sf Institutional 50,000 sf
  7. 7. Endorsements  Unanimously endorsed by multiple Boards:  Bike and Ped  Transportation  Parks and Recreation  Planning – with stipulations addressing • Traffic – comprehensive Town traffic study • Storm water – possible storm water district  Unanimously approved by Council  Accepted most P-Board recommendations  Modified traffic recommendation to avoid a moratorium
  8. 8. And the Upshot Is…  A flawed process yielded a good plan  Took too long  Consumed too many resources  Proved contentious in the extreme; ordinary citizens put in the firing line  Where the Town goes from here  Unlikely that there will be proactive zoning changes  Council likely to respond to specific development proposals  Airport hazard zone needs to be dealt with – or not  Unclear how traffic study requirement will be dealt with

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