Council Meeting Summary
The Chapel Hill Town Council met Wednesday, Dec. 5, and considered an agenda that included the following highlights. The full agenda and online video are available at https://bit.ly/2GfEFNq or by contacting Communications and Public Affairs at 919-968-2743 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Opposing NC Department of Transportation Incursion into the Oosting Natural Area
The Council supported of a resolution passed on Nov. 13 by the Orange County Board of Commissioners that opposes NC Department of Transportation (NCDOT) incursion into the Oosting Natural Area. This area is a segment of Duke Forest adjacent to Whitfield Road, just north of the I-40 intersection with NC 86/Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard. NCDOT recently publicized a project to widen I-40 that includes proposed changes in the vicinity including the Henry J. Oosting Natural Area. This area lies within the Rural Buffer and is recognized as a Registered Heritage Area by the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources.
Campaign to Make North Carolina a No-Torture State
The Council passed a resolution in support of a campaign to make North Carolina a no-torture state. The resolution would urge the Governor and Attorney General of North Carolina to hold private contractors involved in torture programs accountable for their actions.
Special Use Permit Modification for Tri-City Medical Building
The Council approved a request to extend the construction start date of the Tri-City Medical Building, 5002 Barbee Chapel Road, to Nov. 23, 2020. The original development approval called for construction of the 60,000-square-foot medical building to begin by November 2017.
Deferred to Jan. 16, 2019, Meeting: North South Bus Rapid Transit - Locally Preferred Alternative Update
The Council will consider adopting an update to the Locally Preferred Alternative for the corridor between North Street and Eubanks Road along Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, to construct a dedicated curb lane between Estes Drive and Eubanks Road, and to further evaluate converting a dedicated curb lane or constructing a dedicated curb lane from North Street to Estes Drive, during the environmental portion of the project. The North-South Bus Rapid Transit (NSBRT) project calls for improved transit service on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. More at https://nsbrt.org
Close a Portion of the Public Right-of-Way on Aberdeen Drive
The Council approved a proposal to close a portion of the public right-of-way on Aberdeen Drive for the expansion of the Lumina Theater. This right-of-way closure will require converting two on-street parking spaces on Aberdeen Drive into a sidewalk. The theater expansion project request is also moving through the planning approval process.
Development Applications for Homestead Road Active Adults Housing, 2217 Homestead Road
The Council is considering development applications for a 190-unit, age-restricted multi-family residential development on 17.1 acres located south of Homestead Road. The project proposes 232,000 square feet of floor area, 254 vehicular parking spaces and 81 bicycle parking spaces. An affordable housing contribution is proposed by payment-in-lieu. A public hearing will continue on Jan. 16, 2019.
Cooperative Agreement with GoTriangle on the Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit Project
The Council approved an agreement between GoTriangle and the Town of Chapel Hill that outlines how the two organizations will work together efficiently during the remaining design and construction of the Durham-Orange Light Rail Line. The agreement describes roles, responsibilities, and procedures to minimize impacts on the Town and help ensure that the light rail project is built in a timely and cost-effective manner. GoTriangle is seeking similar agreements with about a dozen organizations and agencies including the City of Durham, UNC-Chapel Hill, and Duke Energy, as well as right-of-way approvals from the N.C. Department of Transportation (NCDOT). The Town's legal, planning, and engineering staff reviewed the agreement and worked with GoTriangle to revise it and provide a final draft. This evening’s draft received considerable Council and public input for additional revisions.
Changes to Advisory Board Membership Policy
The Council approved changes to the Advisory Board Membership Policy and the Code of Ordinances including board membership attendance and length of term policies.