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Up Front


Apply Now! Task Force on Uses of American Legion Property


Are you interested in future land uses for the American Legion Property? Applications to a Council appointed task force will be accepted through 5 p.m. Thursday, March 30. Read more…

From Town Hall

Town-Sponsored Events





Up Front



TOWNweek has been posted!





Things to do in Chapel Hill

Feature from the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau

Tales and Tunes of the Scottish Highlands 

7 to 8:30 p.m.  Wednesday, March 22

Graham Memorial Hall, UNC Campus, Chapel Hill

Admission: Free and open to the public. An evening of traditional stories and bagpipe tunes from the Scottish Highlands and the North American Gaelic diaspora: tales of landscape goddesses, sea maidens, shapeshifting, tragic love, heroic struggle and unexpected encounters.






Bringing Words to Life and Life to Words

The early spring-like weather has caused a variety of flowers to bloom, but also words. Popping up around Chapel Hill and Carrboro are growing words like “Together we Grow,” “Hope,” “Discover,” “Imagine” or “Sin Final" or "Siempre." In total, 45 words and phrases have been planted with red clover in highly visible areas, from the Chapel Hill Public Library, the Community Center, up Franklin Street to the Carrboro Farmer’s Market and around the 330 E. Main Street properties. The living, growing poetry celebrates April’s National Poetry Month and reflects the vibrant culture of the area.

In its fifth year, Floraffti is a five month long placemaking and community engagement project for Chapel Hill and Carrboro.   In February and March 2017, Floraffiti artist, Carter Hubbard and Josephus Thompson of The Poetry Project  worked with several teen and adult community groups in Chapel Hill and Carrboro: Boomerang, Youth Community Project, teens from the Home School Community, Orange County High Schools, and the Adults of the NC Art Therapy Institute’s Art and Peer Support Group.  They facilitated each person’s writing poetry, then transforming him or her into performers of their creations. Some participants performed a collaborative piece as well as solo pieces. Each individual poet then chose one word significant to their poem and with the help of local volunteers, they planted their words throughout Chapel Hill and Carrboro. Multiple spoken word performances for their poems will take place around 10 to 15 of the sprouted words during the 2nd Friday ArtWalk, from 6 to 9 p.m. April 14.

Floraffiti serves as a positive catalyst of individual, socio-cultural, and environmental well-being in the community. This non-traditional project combines two art forms in a distinctive way to present and digest information, responding to the local climate and embodying local stories.

Placemaking initiatives such as Floraffiti aid in creating a sustainable visitor destination, reflecting a town actively invested in the welfare of all ages of the community, valuing its cultural identity. The words create destination points. This is one of the first signs announcing that spring is here, a much anticipated occurrence each year in the areas where the green words pop up.

Important Dates: April 14, 2017 – 2nd Friday ArtWalk, Chapel Hill & Carrboro performances, 6-9 p.m.

Floraffiti would not have been possible without the collaborative support of the Chapel Hill Parks & Recreation Department, Orange County Visitor’s Bureau, Orange County Arts Commission, Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, Carrboro Tourism & Development Authority, Carrboro Arts Committee, Carrboro Coffee Roasters and Open Eye Café, and PTA Thrift Shop of Carrboro & Chapel Hill.





Town in News

Town in News – TIN Report – is a sampling of news media coverage about the Town of Chapel Hill compiled by the Communications and Public Affairs Department. This listing includes articles and columns that are available on the web, and may not necessarily contain all stories in the print edition of the papers or on televised broadcasts.

Links access online stories that are posted for a limited time. Some media organizations require registration or a subscription.

For information, contact us at



Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools wins Town Council nod for new campus on South Merritt Mill Road (The Herald-Sun)

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools this week agreed to conditions aimed at resolving traffic concerns and won Town Council approval for its pre-K and high school campus on South Merritt Mill Road. Read more:


Report shares ideas from Chapel Hill light-rail station workshops (The Chapel Hill News)

Light-rail stations offer more than transportation, a consultant said Monday, from planning for regional population growth and economic development to building on Chapel Hill’s affordable housing foundation. Read more:


Chapel Hill panel explores future in tourism for Old Town Hall (The Chapel Hill News)

An advisory group is considering how a part of the town’s past could become part of its future. Read more:


Council approves Chapel Hill-Carrboro’s first combined preschool (The Chapel Hill News)

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools agreed Monday to conditions aimed at resolving traffic concerns and won Town Council approval for its pre-K and high school campus on South Merritt Mill Road. Read more:


OWASA to Add Fluoride Back to Water Supply (

The Board of Directors for the Orange Water and Sewer Authority voted to continue the policy of adding fluoride to the drinking water. Read more:


Two Triangle cities ranked the best for college basketball fans (The Chapel Hill News)

March Madness is in full effect and college hoops fans are rushing to complete their NCAA brackets. Turns out two Triangle towns might be the best places for college basketball fans. Read more:


Chapel Hill’s Homestead pool under repair, expected to open soon (The Chapel Hill News)

A contractor is repairing the Homestead Aquatic Center pool after a seven-week search for the source of a leak. Read more:



From Town Hall




Council Meeting Highlights

The Chapel Hill Town Council will meet at 7 p.m. Monday, March 20, at Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., to consider an agenda that includes the following highlights. The full agenda is available at or by contacting Communications and Public Affairs at 919-968-2743 or

Public attendance is welcome. Parking is available at Town Hall lots and the lot at Stephens Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Additional parking is available in several public lots on Rosemary Street. See Town Hall is served by NS and T routes of Chapel Hill Transit (

View the Council meetings live on the website at – and on Chapel Hill Gov-TV ( Other ways to follow Council meetings are via live tweets (tagged #CHTC) from individuals who tweet during the meetings. Council meeting summaries are issued from the Communications and Public Affairs Department following most business meetings. To sign up to receive these by email, please send a request to

On-Street Parking Limit
The Council will consider extending the maximum-allowed time for on-street parking from two hours to three hours. Feedback from visitors and central business district merchants was gathered by Town staff, developing this recommendation to extend the time.

No Right-On-Red at Several Intersections
The Council will consider approving an amendment to regulations prohibiting right turns on a red signal at 15 intersections in Town. This amendment is in response to a petition from a Council member in fall 2016. A list of the intersections can be found in this meeting’s agenda at

The development proposal below involves two separate steps: a rezoning application and an application for a special use permit. These two hearings will be conducted separately. Members of the public may sign up at the meeting to speak on each item.

Chapel Hill Retirement Residence – 700 N. Estes Dr.
The Council will continue the public hearing from Feb. 13, 2017, for a zoning atlas amendment to rezone a vacant 6.44-acre site at 700 N. Estes Dr. from Residential-1 (R-1) to Residential-5-Conditional (R-5-C). The applicant is proposing construction of a 139,000 sq. ft. independent senior living facility with 152 senior units and 99 motor-vehicle parking spaces. The Council will consider closing the public hearing and approving the zoning atlas amendment.

If the amendment is approved, the Council will continue the public hearing from Feb. 13, 2017, for a special use permit at 700 N. Estes Dr. The Council will consider closing the public hearing and approving the special use permit.





Media Photo Opportunity – Council Celebrates Spring and Mobility in Chapel Hill

Join the Chapel Hill Town Council at 6 p.m. Monday, March 20, as they celebrate community improvements to enhance pedestrian and bicycle safety in Getting Around Chapel Hill.

The Council will gather first for a ribbon cutting to celebrate the new designer crosswalk located at the intersection of Rosemary and Henderson streets.  Then they will pose for a photo (rumor has it, the photo will be fashioned after the Beatles album Abbey Road) at the crosswalk.

Chapel Hill comes to life in warmer weather! March 20, the first day of spring, marks when an active community becomes even busier – teeming with people who walk, bike, run and wheel. Residents value the Town’s focus on “complete streets” that include traffic slowing measures, public transit, and safe walkways and bike lanes.

What’s a designer crosswalk in Chapel Hill? A public arts committee solicited design ideas from area artists for new crosswalks. A basic test project was installed in March 2016 on Willow Drive off Estes Drive near University Place to monitor the durability of the paint through traffic, weather and regular maintenance. Now there are designer crosswalks located on Rosemary Street at Henderson Street and also near the Shortbread Lofts, and on Cameron Avenue at Wilson Street near the entrance to Granville Towers. Two more designer crosswalks are planned for Rosemary and Church streets, and Cameron Avenue and Raleigh Street in 2018. 

We want to hear more about how you’re #GettingAround #ChapelHill. Send your selfies that tell your story about moving around town to @ChapelHillGov on social media.

Temporary parking for media will be available behind the Old Post Office on Rosemary Street.






Applications Accepted to Task Force on Future Uses of American Legion Property

Are you interested in the future land uses for the American Legion property, a 35-acre piece of land located at 1714 Legion Road? Applications to a Council appointed task force will be accepted through 5 p.m. Thursday, March 30.

The Town Council passed a resolution on March 13 to form a task force representative of a spectrum of viewpoints, including community interests, staff technical support, Council interests, and advisory board perspectives to consider possible future uses of the American Legion property. The Council approved the $7.9 million purchase of the property in December 2016.

If you are interested in representing community interests on the task force, email with your full name, street address, phone number, email address, and a brief statement about your interest in serving, or call Assistant Town Clerk Beth Vazquez at 919-969-5014 no later than 5 p.m. Thursday, March 30.

The Council endorsed a charge for the task force to:

  1. Attend the April 8, 2017 charrette;
  2. Participate in a follow-up work session the week of April 17, 2017, with the consultant team and technical staff to review commonalities and strong themes identified at the charrette and provide the consultant team with feedback and guidance;
  3. Review the proposed schedule for development of a final report with the consultant team and recommend modifications or changes to that schedule for the Town Council’s consideration; and
  4. Continue participation in the process, including additional Task Force meetings, the refinement of a report to Council, a community-report out, and recommendations to the Council for their consideration.

The task force will have met its charge after providing future land use recommendations to the Council for the American Legion Post 6 property, unless the Council determines otherwise.

For more information, visit




Board meeting

Interested in local issues? Apply to be a member of an advisory board, committee or commission.

Here’s an idea! Apply to serve our community by serving on a Town of Chapel Hill advisory board, committee or commission!

  • Here’s what you give – time, ideas and energy.
  • And, what you get in return – an opportunity to provide input into local policies that shape our community; personal growth; friends and new connections.

Chapel Hill local government has various standing boards and commissions that advise the Town Council on a wide range of issues. We are currently looking to fill vacancies on all boards and commissions.

For more information on the work of these groups, eligibility requirements, or to complete an application, please visit a video at

Apply now at Apply by April 3 for assured consideration.

Questions? Contact the Communications and Public Affairs Department at 919-969-5014 or We look forward to working with you!

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Final Draft Review: West Rosemary Development Guide

The Town of Chapel Hill invites the public to view the final draft of the guide that will help shape new development in the West Rosemary Street corridor. The guide was developed through public input.

Two identical community meetings are scheduled on Tuesday, March 21:

  • Noon to 1:30 p.m. at Hargraves Community Center, 216 N. Roberson St.
  • 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall Council Chambers, 405 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.

Please see for more information.

Why:  To establish a community vision for the corridor that can be used by the Town Council, the neighborhood and the development community when they are considering projects and investments. Please review this video for a visual narration about the project, this video for information about what happened at the first community meeting, and this video for information about what happened at the second community meeting.

Starting Point:  Creation of the West Rosemary Street Development Guide will build upon the principles and goals for the district reflected in previous planning initiatives, including the Northside Neighborhood Conservation District vision statements and Rosemary Imagined (illustrated in Figure 1 below).  Also included will be the recent economic development collaboration with Orange County and the University. 

Rosemary Street Community Meetings

Stakeholders:  Project communication will continue to reach out to stakeholders that include but are not limited to the range of perspectives listed below.

  • Rosemary Imagined Project Team
  • Non-Profits and Advocacy Groups
  • University Administration
  • Local Business Owners
  • UNC Grad/Undergrad Students
  • Local Landlords and Property Owners
  • Commuting Workforce
  • Neighborhood Residents
  • Carrboro Stakeholders
  • Faith Community


Next Steps:

March 17: Draft emailed and posted on website
March 21: Community and Advisory Board Meetings
March 28: Community Design Commission and Transportation and Connectivity Advisory Board
April 4: Planning Commission Recommendation
April 17: Council Public Hearing
May 22: Council Business Meeting

Contact:  Rae Buckley, Assistant to the Manager, and 919-969-5007



Town-Sponsored Events




Calling all Makers!

A Maker Gathering will be held from 10:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 18 in Meeting Room B at the Chapel Hill Public Library.

Meeting Schedule:

10:30-10:45 a.m.: Maker Share

10:45-11:45 a.m.: Visioning and Planning Meeting

11:45 a.m.-10 p.m. Maker Share

The Visioning and Planning Meeting will include identifying interest groups and beginning preliminary planning of a Fall Maker Showcase and community outreach opportunities.

During the "Maker Share" parts of the gathering, a handful of makers are invited to share/present their creations. Each presenting maker will be given a table (or other space if a table doesn't work) at which to set up his/her display, and attendees will walk around to the tables/areas as if at a "Maker Faire." If you are interested in sharing your work/creations at the March 18 meeting, please email Michelle Lewis at and describe what you plan to display and your space requirements.

All who are interested are welcome to attend this event! Register at

For more information or to sign up to receive email updates on Maker events, email




Chapel Hill Public Library Hosts Newbery Award-Winning Author Kwame Alexander

On Sunday, March 19, at 3 p.m. in Meeting Room B of the Chapel Hill Public Library, Newbery Medalist Kwame Alexander will read from and sign copies of his new book The Playbook. Alexander is a poet, educator, and New York Times bestselling author of 21 books - including Booked and The Crossover, which received the 2015 John Newbery Medal and the Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor. The Library is partnering with Flyleaf Books to bring this award-winning author to Chapel Hill. 

The program is free to attend, but the after-program book signing requires a ticket. Tickets for the signing line are acquired by purchasing The Playbook from Flyleaf Books either at the store on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard or online at  The earlier the book is purchased the earlier the position in the signing line. Books will also be available for purchase at the event.

Publisher’s Weekly describes how The Playbook, 52 Rules to Aim, Shoot, and Score in This Game Called Life “uses basketball as a metaphor for growth on and off the court in this stirring collection of 52 motivational poems-as-rules, grouped into four thematic sections – Grit, Motivation, Passion, and Teamwork, and Resilience – that correspond to the quarters of a basketball game.” Each rule contains wisdom from athletes at the top of their game and exemplars such as Serena Williams, Steph Curry, LeBron James, Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Supreme Court Justice Sonya Sotomayor, Michelle Obama, and Oprah Winfrey.

For event details and updates, visit





Town Of Chapel Hill Announces Its First Ever Downtown Food Truck Event: Rodeo on Rosemary

Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation, in collaboration with the Downtown Partnership and the Raleigh Durham Mobile Food Association (RDUMFA), is delighted to announce its first ever food truck rodeo.  The Rodeo on Rosemary will take place from 12 to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 26, on the block of Rosemary Street between Henderson and North Columbia Streets.

Local trucks have helped created a vibrant food truck scene in the triangle. The Rodeo on Rosemary will feature 12 of the areas favorites, including Cousin’s Maine Lobster, well known for their start on the CBS show Shark Tank. Banditos, Pie Pushers, Chirba Chirba, Hibachi Xpress, Only Burger, Morfa Empanadas and more will be on site.

Guests are invited to enjoy their delicious eats on the top of the Wallace Parking deck where there will be an ample supply of tables and chairs and a skyline view of Downtown Chapel Hill.

Bring the kids and enjoy an afternoon out with the family.  There will be giant games for all to enjoy on The Plaza and a DJ will be spinning all of our favorite tunes.

Parking is free on Sundays in downtown Chapel Hill. Special event parking will be available on site at the Wallace Parking Deck.  For more information and a map of all downtown parking visit

There’s no better way to strengthen your local community than to shop and eat locally!

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Chapel Hill’s Live & Local Music & Arts Series Continuing to Bring Vibrant Entertainment and Interactive Arts to Downtown

Live & Local, Chapel Hill’s free Music & Arts Series, is returning for its sixth season on the Plaza at 140 West Franklin St. Beginning on Friday, April 7, the series features acts of all shapes and sizes every Friday from 6 to 9 p.m. Amusing for the whole family and full of excitement for all ages, Live & Local will continue to deliver a wide array of performances throughout the season, ranging from American/Folk harmonies to bluegrass. This season a great diverse selection of activities and performances.

Downtown starts here! Don’t miss your opportunity to discover your new favorite musician, poet, or performer! The series runs Friday evenings from April 7 through May 19. Live & Local is sure to delight, whether you’re listening to the melodies from the Plaza or from the porch of a nearby restaurant, so be sure to mark your calendars now. The Plaza at 140 West Franklin creates an inviting experience for all, highlighted by 30,000 square feet of outdoor space, and a unique art sculpture titled Exhale.

Join us as we start the season on April 7, with The Spring Fling.  There will be a stilt walker, spring crafts, the Easter Bunny, balloon artists, a face painter, music and fun for the whole family. Not only that, but the popular “Exhale” sculpture will be turned on for the Spring season.

Each week is guaranteed to kick start your weekend with some of the most talented artists in the Piedmont. This year’s lineup is especially diverse and interactive; featuring musical acts Christiane and Ellis Dyson & The Shambles and activities including an Earth Day celebration, aerialists, caricature artists, balloon twisters, face painters, arts and crafts, and games. Be sure to experience the Live & Local Music and Arts Series and enjoy the natural charm and blend of culture unique to downtown Chapel Hill.





Community Egg Hunt at Southern Community Park

All skilled egg hunters ages 2 to 10 are invited to participate in the annual Community Egg Hunt from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 8. Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation’s Community Egg Hunt, presented by Southern Village, is a free event, packed full of crafts, games, food, prizes, inflatable fun and a visit from the Egg Hunt Bunny! The event will take place at Southern Community Park located at 1000 Sumac Road, Chapel Hill, NC, located off of 15-501 South, next to Market Street at Southern Village.

Inflatable fun zones will be open to entertain families throughout the morning. For interactive fun, The Chapel Hill Clay Studio will be helping the kids get their hands dirty with clay creations.  Paint Savvy will be on hand to decorate faces for a small fee, Kidzu will be crafting, and balloon artists will be wandering around.

This year’s Egg Hunt includes over 12,000 eggs containing prizes and candy hidden across three locations for the following age groups: 2-4, 5-7, and 8-10. Golden Egg Prizes will be provided by the Merchants on Market at Southern Village. Prizes include a gelato party for eight, free gymnastics for a month, eight free tickets to a movie, a pizza party for fifteen, two free foot-long subs, and free kid’s birthday party!

The first hunt with the youngest age group starts promptly at 11:30 a.m.; the second oldest group begins at 12 p.m.; and the oldest egg hunters commence their search at 12:30 p.m. Come with your baskets in hand ready to fill them up. Special prizes will be awarded to those who find the golden eggs!

Following the Egg Hunt, be sure to stop in for the Super Cooper Lunch on the Market Green at Southern Village. Enjoy music and fun, with great lunch specials at participating locations. All proceeds to benefit the Super Cooper’s Little Red Wagon Foundation.(

For more information about this fun event, visit The rain date for this event will be 1 to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 9 (hunt only).








Chapel Hill Police Speed Enforcement Initiatives

Travel with care and pay attention when driving, walking and biking.

As part of our ongoing effort to create and preserve a safe community in which to travel, the Chapel Hill Police Department and area partners will continue speed enforcement and Watch For Me N.C. initiatives throughout the month of March.

Officers may issue information, warnings or citations to anyone for violating laws. Fines and court costs for these violations begin at $213.

Multiple officers will monitor the following areas (in addition to normal Chapel Hill Police patrol practices) to encourage and enforce safe behavior from everyone:

  • 9-11 a.m. Tuesday, March 21, US Highway 15-501 South near Wave Road
  • 10 a.m. to 12 noon Thursday, March 30, Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard at Municipal Drive

Watch For Me N.C. is a statewide safety initiative designed to improve relationships on roads between people who drive, people who walk, people who roll and people who bike. People may receive helpful information, warnings, and in some cases, tickets for violations during these initiatives.

Getting Around
Chapel Hill is working to make the community safer for people who travel. Help us become a safer place to walk, bike, roll and drive. For more information, visit:

More Information
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Are you on Twitter? Follow @ChapelHillGov, @ChapelHillPD and #CHTraffic for the latest traffic news.


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