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.
Chapel Hill 2020 Recognized for Planning Excellence
The NC Chapter of the American Planning Association presented Town of Chapel Hill employees with a planning innovation award for the Chapel Hill 2020 community visioning process.
The awards committee said the effort to develop a comprehensive plan to guide the growth and development in Chapel Hill over the next 10 years was impressive. Participation in the development of Chapel Hill 2020 surpassed community participation in any other process of its kind in Chapel Hill. Town staff and volunteer leaders were challenged to be creative and innovative in outreach and engagement efforts. In the words of one committee member, “They didn’t leave a stone unturned regarding how to reach people.”
The Chapel Hill 2020 Plan received the 2013 North Carolina Marvin Collins Outstanding Planning Award in the Special Theme – Innovations in Planning Services, Education, and Public Involvement category. The award recognizes technology, techniques and/or processes implemented in the current or past two calendar years that enhance planning, planning services, education, and/or public involvement. The award was presented during the NC Annual Planning Conference Awards Luncheon on Thursday, Sept. 19, at the Benton Convention Center, 301 W. Fifth St., Winston-Salem, NC.
Since the Council adopted Chapel Hill 2020 in June 2012, the plan has won awards. In March, the Town won a first place award in the Community Visioning category from the NC City & County Communicators Association. In April, Chapel Hill 2020 co-chairs Rosemary Waldorf and George Cianciolo were recognized for their service with a Key Volunteer Award and Governor’s Medallion Award.
The implementation phase of Chapel Hill 2020 is termed DESIGN 2020. Learn more at www.townofchapelhill.org/design