Travel Safety Initiatives
We want everyone to travel safely in Chapel Hill. The Police Department and area partners will continue speed enforcement and Watch for Me N.C. initiatives throughout the month of February. These initiatives are an effort to continue to preserve and enhance a safe community in which to travel, whether on two wheels, four wheels, two feet, or other methods.
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.
The Chapel Hill Police Department is taking additional steps to encourage safety among all travelers of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and throughout the community. You may notice an enhanced police presence along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. The Watch For Me N.C. travel-safety initiative scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 27, is being moved from South Columbia Street to Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. You will also notice temporary digital signs along the road to encourage safe-travel behaviors.
Tell us about your vision for architectural design in the Ephesus/Fordham District
The Town of Chapel Hill has initiated a Design Guidelines effort to
create a consistent and cohesive aesthetic for the Ephesus/Fordham
District – located around the intersection of Ephesus Church Road and US
15-501 or Fordham Boulevard, a gateway to Chapel Hill.
This work builds on other recent improvements that enhance greater walkability and open space in the Ephesus/Fordham District. As part of the public outreach for this project, Town planners are gathering public input on how to build the Design Guidelines document.
You are invited to take a brief survey by visiting the project web page at http://www.townofchapelhill.org/town-hall/departments-services/chapel-hill-2020/future-focus-areas/the-ephesus-fordham-district/form-based-code/ephesus-fordham and clicking on the survey launch button. All public input will be compiled to support the drafting of the Design Guidelines document, which will be available for public review in fall 2017. The survey will be open through Sep. 10, 2017.
The Design Guidelines project is considering a range of building and site design techniques http://www.townofchapelhill.org/Home/ShowDocument?id=36535 that could be applied to the Ephesus/Fordham District. This survey will gather your input on the effectiveness of these techniques by showing concepts and example images. The survey also explores the importance of various design topics that have been suggested by community members, and asks for your thoughts on what makes Chapel Hill’s design character special.
The Ephesus/Fordham District www.townofchapelhill.org/EF is an area of Chapel Hill comprised of older shopping centers located on high-volume roadways. The Town of Chapel Hill has applied a Form-Based Code to the District with the goal of transforming this area into a mixed use district with a pleasant walking and biking experience. Under the code, all applicants must receive a Certificate of Appropriateness from the Community Design Commission http://www.townofchapelhill.org/advisoryboards
The addition of Design Guidelines for Ephesus/Fordham is intended to provide further guidance to applicants in preparing projects for the Community Design Commission's review. These guidelines will also establish a set of review criteria for the commission to use in determining the appropriateness of design proposals.
For more information and to take the survey, visit http://www.townofchapelhill.org/town-hall/departments-services/chapel-hill-2020/future-focus-areas/the-ephesus-fordham-district/form-based-code/ephesus-fordham