Sketching Chapel Hill: Informational Sessions about Community-Wide and Focus Area Topics


Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 9:30am to 3:30pm


Council Chamber, Chapel Hill Town Hall
Come join us at "Sketching Chapel Hill," a series of free informational sessions on Saturday, Jan. 26, that will be idea-inspiring, conversation-sparking and thought-provoking. Sessions will be held throughout the day in the Council Chamber of Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill 27514.

"Sketching" is an education program of DESIGN Chapel Hill 2020, the title given to the implementation phase of the Chapel Hill 2020 comprehensive plan. The sessions will focus on community-wide topics as well as topics pertaining to the Central West and Ephesus/Fordham Focus Areas.

DESIGN Chapel Hill 2020 recognizes that the adoption of the comprehensive plan was not an end point, but a beginning. Now that the community's ideas have been articulated through the comprehensive plan, these ideas may be used toward designing our community. This month's "Sketching Chapel Hill" meets an interest expressed by many participants during the Chapel Hill 2020 for continued civic education in such areas as designing public spaces, zoning rules, transportation system, landscape design, and more.

"We are looking forward to continued public involvement as we begin to evaluate and implement the goals and action items for the goals - and take other steps towards implementing the Chapel Hill 2020 Plan," said Mary Jane Nirdlinger, director of policy and strategic planning for the Town of Chapel Hill.

"Sketching" participants may come for all sessions or drop in for topics of interest. For more information, contact Megan Wooley, housing and neighborhood services planner, at or 919-969-5059. To learn more about DESIGN Chapel Hill 2020, visit

Schedule for Sketching Chapel Hill
Saturday, January 26
Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

8:30 a.m.: Sign-in Begins

9:15 a.m.: Welcome

9:30-10:30 a.m.: Session 1: Creating Healthy Hubs Through Zoning
Presenter: Roger Waldon, Principal, Clarion Associates
Before this session, you could watch this presentation about Form-Based Codes: This presentation was given by Lee Einsweiler, Principal at Code Studio, on March 15, 2012.

10:45-11:45 a.m.: Session 2: Growing Creative Businesses and Community Spaces
Presenters: Judith Cone, Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Bobby Funk, Assistant Director, Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership
Len Wohadlo, Founder, 3 Birds Marketing
Before this session, be sure to check out the LAUNCH-CHAPEL HILL website:

11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.: Break for Lunch

1:15-2:15 p.m.: Session 3: Making Transportation Decisions on a Local Level
Presenter: George Alexiou, Principal, Martin/Alexiou/Bryson
Before this session, check out the Town's Complete Streets webpage:
Also, be sure to watch the special topics presentation about Chapel Hill's Future Transit Network: This presentation was given by David Bonk, Long Range and Transportation Manager, and Steve Spade, the former director of Chapel Hill Transit, on February 10, 2012.

2:30-3:30 p.m.: Session 4: Carolina North Update
Presenter: Bruce Runberg, Associate Vice Chancellor of Facilities, Operations, Planning & Design, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Before this session, check out the Town's Carolina North webpage:
Also, be sure to watch this special topics presentation about Student Housing: This presentation was given by representatives from UNC Student Affairs on August 15, 2012.


I'll be out of town so I can't make it either way, but I don't understand form the description what will actually be going on at this meeting, nor what the desired outcome of it is. Is this a series of micro charettes with a cute name?Seems like more of the loose-goosey same from 2020.

This event will be rescheduled due to forecasts of inclement weather.
We regret the inconvenience, and hope you will join us when we announce
the new date!


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