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Council Meeting Summary

Light Rail Transit, The Edge & Immigrant Minors

Post Date:12/03/2014 11:46 PM

The Chapel Hill Town Council met on Wednesday, Dec. 3, and considered an agenda that includes these highlights. Council meeting summaries are issued from the Communications and Public Affairs Department following most business meetings. To sign up to receive these by email, please send a request to This brief summary is sent immediately following the public meeting. It should not be viewed as official minutes. 

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Resolution of Support For Immigrant Minors
The Council unanimously adopted a resolution of support for immigrant minors and to recognize the more than 1,600 immigrant children in North Carolina who fled from violence in their home countries. The number of unaccompanied immigrant children fleeing violence in Central America — primarily Honduras and El Salvador — and coming to the United States increased dramatically this summer. North Carolina has the eighth highest number of child immigrants in the nation, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Durham-Chapel Hill Light Rail Alternative Corridor Alignments and Station Locations Update
The Council received an update from Triangle Transit staff on the alignment of the proposed rail line and placement of its stations between Durham and Chapel Hill. Triangle Transit held public meetings the week of Nov. 17 in order to gather feedback on the current plan. It is anticipated that Triangle Transit will release the draft Environmental Impact Statement with recommendations for the Light Rail corridor alignments and station locations in spring 2015. At that time Triangle Transit will request formal review and comment by local jurisdictions.

Continue Public Hearing for Application for Special Use Permit, The Edge-Planned Mixed Use Development
The Council continued a Public Hearing that began on Nov. 17 discussing an application for a special use permit for The Edge. The Edge is a proposed 55-acre mixed-use development located on the north side of Eubanks Road, including up to 932,000 square feet of floor area with 23 or more buildings ranging in height from one to seven stories. The Council received staff presentations on economic development, affordable housing and fiscal impact. The public hearing will likely be continued during the Jan. 12, 2015, meeting.


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