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.
Council Meeting Summary
The Council proclaimed May 2016 as Bike Month and
Mental Health Awareness Month.
The Chapel Hill Town Council met on Wednesday, April 27, and considered an agenda, bit.ly/CHTCBus042716, that includes these highlights. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. This brief summary is sent immediately following the public meeting. It should not be viewed as official minutes.
Would you like to view the Council video? (townofchapelhill.org/councilvideo - this should be ready for online viewing by Thursday afternoon). It also will be replayed throughout the week on Chapel Hill Gov-TV (townofchapelhill.org/GovTV).
Special Meeting to Interview Applicants
The Council interviewed 10 applicants to fill three spots on the Community Design Commission and 11 applicants to fill one spot on the Planning Commission. The Council will vote on those positions May 9. bit.ly/CHTCSpecial042716
Transportation Management Plan 2015-16 Biennial Survey Results
The Council received results from the Transportation Management Plan (TMP) 2015-16 survey and provided feedback to Town staff. The TMP provides information and incentives to local employers to encourage the use of public transit, bicycling and walking. The Town conducts a survey every two years on commuter travel behavior and demographics to inform future efforts and policy decisions.
North-South Corridor Study Update
The Council received an update and provided feedback on the study of the travel corridor that runs along Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard (Historic Airport Road/NC Hwy 86), South Columbia Street (including the portion of Pittsboro Street along the one-way pairing in this corridor through UNC campus), and US 15-501 South. The Council then approved the Locally Preferred Alternative (LPA) and referred it to planning partners for further study.
Consideration of the Redevelopment of 415 West Franklin St.
The Council authorized the Town Manager and Attorney to continue discussions with Legacy Real Property Group and return to the Council with recommendations for a development review process and a financial plan for redevelopment at 415 West Franklin St. The applicant proposes a 95,0000 square-foot building with retail, an entertainment venue, office space and housing, including affordable units. An ancillary parking deck would include up to 450 spaces on approximately four levels replacing the approximately 150+/- surface spaces currently on the property.