Council Meeting Summary
The Chapel Hill Town Council met on Jan. 31, and considered an agenda that includes the following highlights. The full agenda is available at http://bit.ly/2E5dXc1 or by contacting Communications and Public Affairs at 919-968-2743 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Winter Storm Inga Update
Fire Chief Matt Sullivan reported on the Town’s response to the Jan. 17-18 snowstorm that dumped 8-12 inches of snow. Crews worked around the clock to plow major town streets, clear downtown sidewalks and respond to public safety issues. A call center established over a two-day period received about 175 calls from residents with questions about snow plowing and trash collection. The community received frequent storm response updates via Chapel Hill eNews (sign up at www.townofchapelhill.org/news) and @ChapelHillGov social media channels including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Sale of Real Property at 127 West Rosemary Street Pursuant to an Economic Development Agreement
The Council received public comment on the proposed sale of Town-owned property at 127 West Rosemary St. to Investors Title Company. Following the public hearing, the Council authorized the sale pursuant to an economic development agreement. The proposal was for the property – to be sold for $300,000 – to be used to create a larger parking lot, which will include 75 public parking spaces available for public use after 6 p.m. daily.
Funding from the Affordable Housing Development ReserveThe Council considered proposals for funding allocations from the Affordable Housing Development Reserve to the Community Home Trust ($100,000) for acquisition of two single-family homes and DHIC Inc. ($700,000) for the Greenfield senior housing project. http://bit.ly/2BHcFih Currently, the Reserve has a balance of $865,000 for affordable housing. Through the Reserve, the Town has supported the development of 94 new affordable units and the preservation of five affordable units. Meanwhile, about 95 affordable units are in the pipeline. Learn more about previous funding awards at http://bit.ly/29VhUlf
Update on Municipal Services Center
The Council received an update on the Municipal Services Center project. Residents of the Elkin Hills neighborhood and other concerned citizens proposed guiding principles to be incorporated into the development agreement for this project. Among the principles are “Design with Empathy,” meaning that the impact on neighbors should be kept front and center in all planning and implementation. Other principles include 50 percent site preservation, environmental leadership and a goal to exceed stormwater requirements. The Town of Chapel Hill remains committed to engaging the nearby property owners during this planning process. Learn more at http://www.townofchapelhill.org/EstesProject
Report on the Town’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) and Financial Update
The Town’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) for the period ended June 30, 2017 (FY17) has been distributed and is available on the Town’s website. Among other things, the CAFR is a record of the Town’s financial performance for the fiscal year and a snapshot of the Town’s fiscal condition. The information in the Town’s CAFR provides important indicators of the Town’s financial health that are used by a variety of outside stakeholders, including investors, bond rating agencies, state and federal agencies.
Parking Update Presentation
The Council received a report on options for how new development can contribute to the parking demand it creates in downtown Chapel Hill. Parking is critical in supporting the Town’s economic development and community vitality goals.
Concept Plan Review: Eastowne Redevelopment, 100 and 600 Eastowne Drive
Concept plans are offered by developers before a formal development application, and are considered a rough initial sketch of a potential development. The plan is to construct about 300,000 square feet of floor area for two, 6-story medical office buildings, a 5 ½ story parking deck for 1,100 cars, and demolition of four buildings totaling 77,484 square feet. The applicant proposed to extend internal roads to the buildings and southeast corner of the site. The applicant also proposed to extend the roads to the east for expansion of future development phases.