Council Meeting Recap for Wednesday (10/2/19)

Post Date:10/04/2019 12:27 PM

The Chapel Hill Town Council met at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2, at Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., to consider an agenda that includes the following highlights. The full agenda and video access is available at

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Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau Strategic Marketing Plan

The Council received a presentation from the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau.

Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA) Agua Vista Web Portal

The Council received a presentation from OWASA on the impact of the Agua Vista Web Portal in our community.  The Agua Vista Web Portal is based on the near-real time hourly water use information. This $5.3 million investment in our infrastructure will provide operational savings into the future, savings that will ultimately pay for the cost of the upgrade. In the six months since its rollout, more than 6,500 accounts have registered for Agua Vista.

Ordinance to Prohibit Right Turns on a Red Signal at Several Intersections

Following a staff presentation , the Council enacted an ordinance prohibiting right turn on red signals effective Oct. 31 at the following intersections:

  • From Caswell Road (both approaches) to Estes Drive
  • Franklin Street and Eastgate Shopping Center Entrance
  • Franklin Street and Hillsborough Street
  • Franklin Street and Henderson Street
  • Raleigh Street and Cameron Avenue/Country Club Road
  • South Road and Country Club Road
  • From South Road (westbound approach only) to Columbia Street
  • Columbia Street and Rosemary Street
  • Columbia Street and Franklin Street
  • Columbia Street and Cameron Avenue
  • Rosemary Street and Hillsborough Street
  • Rosemary Street and Henderson Street
  • Rosemary Street and Church Street
  • Manning Drive and Ridge Road
  • Manning Drive and Paul Hardin Drive
  • Raleigh Road (NC 54) and Hamilton Road

One additional intersection, Cameron Avenue at Pittsboro Street, was recommended for review during the Council meeting. Town staff will review the intersection and seek approval from NC for it to be added to the list.

More at

Charting Our Future Update

The Council received an update from the Charting Our Future effort, a project to rewrite the Town’s Land Use Management Ordinance (LUMO).  The Town Council requested that the ordinance rewrite process begin with an effort to refine the Future Land Use Map (FLUM), to affirm what is not expected to change and to provide an opportunity to have conversations about future planning that would inform the LUMO Rewrite process. On June 26, 2019, the Town Council authorized staff to engage with the community on the draft Future Land Use Map. More at


Concept Plan Reviews

The Council offered feedback on a concept plan for University Place for a redevelopment of a portion of the mall including a pedestrian gathering area and a parking deck.

The Council also offered feedback on a development concept at 136 E. Rosemary St. / 137 E. Rosemary St., from Grubb Properties that proposes exterior renovations to the property, specifically a new curtainwall glass and panel system mainly encompassing the 136 E. Rosemary building as well as a new glass and panel cladding on the 137 E. Franklin Street building (facing 136 E. Rosemary Street).

Concept plans are preliminary proposals from developers for Council feedback only. Staff does not conduct a formal review of the concept, and Council makes no decision.



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