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.
Ephesus Church /Fordham Focus Area Information Session
The event is one of many public outreach opportunities of DESIGN Chapel Hill 2020, the title given to the implementation phase of the Chapel Hill 2020 comprehensive plan. The information session will be held in Room B at the Chapel Hill Library, located at 100 Library Drive in Chapel Hill. An informational presentation will begin at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday’s discussion will provide information about upcoming changes to the land use regulations, including preliminary review of draft maps, for the Ephesus Church Road/Fordham Boulevard area. Consultant Lee Einsweiler of Code Studio will explain the steps for making regulatory changes and how this stage of Chapel Hill 2020 will be implemented for the Ephesus Church Road/Fordham Boulevard area.
The Ephesus Church Road/Fordham Boulevard focus area encompasses 123 acres surrounding Ram’s Plaza near the intersection of Ephesus Church Road and Fordham Boulevard from South Elliott Road to Ram’s Plaza. The Town Council adopted a small area plan in June 2011 for the Ephesus Church Road/Fordham Boulevard area.
Led by the Town’s Economic Development Division, the small area plan defined future land uses and offered solutions to the transportation network to encourage reinvestment. Community members identified the Ephesus Church Road/Fordham Boulevard as an area likely to change in the future due to vacant land, underdeveloped sites, and its location along transportation and transit corridors. To learn more about the adopted plan, visit: http://www.townofchapelhill.org/index.aspx?page=1518.
Ephesus Church/Fordham is within Area 5: North 15-501, one of six future focus areas outlined in the Chapel Hill 2020 Comprehensive Plan and the adopted small area plan. Future focus areas are portions of Chapel Hill most likely to change in the future due to vacant land, underdeveloped sites, and their locations along transportation and transit corridors. In total, these areas represent about 24 percent of the land in Chapel Hill, and they do not include the predominately single-family areas and neighborhoods of Chapel Hill.
The Town’s other focus areas are Area 1: Downtown Chapel Hill; Area 2: North Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard/I-40; Area 3: South Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard/Homestead Road to Estes Drive; Area 4: Highway 54; and Area 6: South 15-501.
For those unable to attend this meeting, there will be opportunities for future involvement. To be added to the email distribution list for the Ephesus Church Road-Fordham Boulevard Focus Area or to submit questions, contact email@example.com or 919-968-2728. To find more information, visit www.townofchapelhill.org/index.aspx?page=1656. More information about Lee Einsweiler and Code Studio is available at http://www.code-studio.com/.