Chapel Hill 2020

Central West Small Area Plan now available on-line.

Created by the central west steering committee and adopted in November of last year by the town council, the plan deals with the MLK-Estes intersection and surrounding areas in anticipation of upcoming changes, including the eventual development of Carolina North and the potential end of the airport hazard zone.  Having attended some of the meetings and being connected to the area I appreciate the work that was done by the steering committee on this project.  

As of now the plan can be seen on the town website in the 2020 section.  

Hey look, it's another survey! This one is about the Central West Focus Area, which is supposed to create a Small Area Plan.

LUMO rewrite announced (and other things you have missed in Chapel Hill government this summer)

The Chapel Hill Town Council may still be on summer break, but staff and citizens have been busy!

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

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.


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


Council Chamber, Chapel Hill Town Hall

Chapel Hill can't find a public housing representative for Central West Committee

I just sent the following to the Chapel Hill Town Council:

I see that on your agenda tonight is a recommendation to expand the Central West committee by one member and to appoint a specific person to that committee. I haven't seen anyone make the case that the original formulation of the committee was faulty. The number and type of constituents as well as the specific individuals that you already appointed have been publicly discussed and agreed upon.

I believe the Town should either work hard to find someone from the public housing community, or leave the seat vacant until you do. I see no reason to make this change other than to oil a very squeaky wheel. I hope you have a higher standards for policy changes than this.

Thanks for your consideration.

The recommendation in question is this:

Learn more about the Central West Focus Area at



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