Council Meeting Summary
The Chapel Hill Town Council met Wednesday, June 27, and considered an agenda that included the following highlights. The full agenda is available at https://bit.ly/2Irziuw or by contacting Communications and Public Affairs at 919-968-2743 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Funding for Human Services Agencies
Town Council authorized $419,000 in funding to human services agencies as recommended by the Human Services Advisory Board. Funding decisions were based on the following priorities: safety-net services for disadvantaged residents; education, mentorship and after-school programs for youth facing a variety of challenges; and programs aimed at improving health and nutrition to needy residents.
Street Patching, Milling and Resurfacing of Town Streets
The Council awarded a $689,538 bid for street patching, milling resurfacing on streets including Clayton Road from Caswell Road to the cul-de-sac, Gardner Circle from Weyer Drive to Highgrove Drive, and Weaver Dairy Road Extension from Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to Homestead Road.
Progress Report on Town Manager Goals and Priorities
The Council received a progress report on Town Manager goals and priorities set in October 2017.
Update on Town Manager Selection Process
Mayor Pam Hemminger provided an update on the Town Manager Selection Process. An announcement is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday, July 10. www.townofchapelhill.org/townmanagersearch
Town and University Joint Operations Center
The Council approved a development agreement that will govern and regulate development of the property at 1050 Estes Drive. This project will contain the Town’s future Municipal Services Center and future University uses on a 20-acre site, owned by the University and Foundation. The Town is pursuing a 99-year lease and the first phase of development is expected to be the 72,000-square foot Municipal Services Center. There is no current timeline for the other buildings. This development includes a rezoning that was also approved. The community engagement process was praised by Council and residents. www.townofchapelhill.org/estesproject
Advisory Boards Voting Procedure
The Council enacted an ordinance amendment to modify the voting requirements of the Planning Commission, Historic District Commission, and Community Design Commission. The changes will increase the necessary concurring votes in order to take action on a development application. This ordinance amendment also changes quorum for the Planning Commission and Historic District Commission to be consistent with NC General Statutes.
Non-Residential Development and Building Size in Blue Hill District
The Council enacted text amendments that will encourage non-residential uses within subdistricts of the Blue Hill District, including an incentive to allow buildings with a non-residential use to have a greater upper story floor area, and a requirement that residential development only be allowed if an applicant provides a non-residential component in their project, based on a menu of options. Additionally, the text amendments establish new limitations on lot coverage throughout the Blue Hill District by requiring that recreation space be located outdoors, at-grade and at the perimeter of the development. This meets the interest of limiting building size by modifying an existing standard in the Form District.
Eastowne Redevelopment Medical Office Building
The Council deferred review of redevelopment applications at 100 Eastowne Drive until Sept. 19. The proposal is for demolition of four existing buildings and construction of a 153,000 square foot six-story building for medical office and clinic uses, with a separate 5 ½-story, 580- space parking deck. A landscaped buffer along the US 15-501 right-of-way is also proposed.
Charting Our Future Update
The Council reviewed a proposal for an expansion of the scope of the Future Land Use Map Refinement Project that would add for analysis the additional territory in the South 15-501 corridor, the ETJ north of I-40, and along Mt. Carmel Church Road. www.chartingourfuture.info