Council Meeting Summary
The Chapel Hill Town Council met on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., and considered an agenda that included the following highlights. The full agenda is available at http://bit.ly/2k4FL80 or by contacting Communications and Public Affairs at 919-968-2743 or email@example.com.
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Fire Station 2 Status Report and Sale of Retiring Ladder Truck
The Council received a construction update on Fire Station 2 at 1003 Hamilton Road. The project is being constructed in a partnership with East West Partners which is building a four-story office building on the site adjacent to the fire station. The fire building may be ready for occupancy by mid-February. East West Partners has agreed to pay $1.75 million of the $3 million construction cost for the 11,000-square-foot, three-bay fire station. While retaining the title to the fire station and land under it, the Town is offering part of the land – appraised at $665,000 – to East West Partners. The Council also received information related to remediation costs to address subterranean ground water. Revenue from the sale of a retiring ladder truck is expected to cover some of the additional project costs.
Public Hearing for Jan. 17, 2018, to Consider the Sale of Real Property at 127 West Rosemary Street
The Council called a public hearing on the proposed sale of a small parcel of land at 127 West Rosemary Street to Investors Title pursuant to an Economic Development Agreement. Under the proposed agreement, Investors would commit to providing 75 parking spaces for public use after business hours. This commitment would extend for a minimum of six years under the proposed agreement or until the property, combined with other property owned by Investors Title, is redeveloped. The proposed purchase price for this lot is $300,000.
Expanded Use of Conditional Zoning
The Council amended the Land Use Management Ordinance to expand the use of Conditional Zoning to permit greater dialogue between Council and stakeholders. Conditional zoning allows for flexibility in the development of property while ensuring that the development is compatible with neighboring uses. The tool is used in about 45 percent of all rezoning applications statewide. The use of conditional zoning would be applied to non-single family detached dwelling districts. Conditional zoning currently is applied only in Chapel Hill’s Innovative, Light Industrial Conditional Zoning District (Enterprise Zone). All rezoning requests would still come forward to the Council as part of its standard review.
Land Use Management Ordinance Rewrite Project Charge
The Council considered the project charge for the Town’s Land Use Management Ordinance Rewrite Project. Initiated in April 2017, the project aims to improve tools for planning and managing growth and development so that the tools implement the community’s vision, values and policy goals. The rewrite process will improve the Land Use Management Ordinance and associated land use tools and processes so that they are more predictable, functional and intentional.
Proposed Process to Refine the Future Land Use Map
The Council received an update on the process to refine the Future Land Use Map, a visual guide to future planning that graphically depicts the Town’s goals for its built environment. A component of the Town’s Comprehensive Plan, the map will affirm what stays the same as well as what is expected to change. It also provides an opportunity to have conversations about future planning that will inform the LUMO Rewrite process.
Second American Legion Task Force Report
The Council received a report that explores the community’s interest in future use of the 36-acre American Legion Post 6 property situated between Highway 15-501 and Ephesus Church Road. The report comes from a Council-appointed committee comprised of community members, elected officials, and members of the Town’s advisory boards. At the time of purchase, the Town paid $3.6 million and signed a note and deed of trust for the balance of the $7.9 million purchase price. Site work and development of facilities for any future public uses will require additional funds, not yet identified. The Town Manager will report on a proposed implementation process for Council’s consideration in spring 2018.