In an effort to encourage development and to grow the non-residential tax base, the Town of Chapel Hill is working on a plan for the Ephesus Church - Fordham area. This planning initiative is being led by the Town's economic development division. The study will consider current transportation conditions, define future land uses and offer solutions for the existing transportation network. The ultimate goal is to encourage reinvestment in properties within the study area, which includes Ram's Plaza. The study, which is expected to be completed in nine months, will include examination of transportation and potential future land uses, recommendations to encourage reinvestment in properties. The project began on June 20th with the collection of information, assessment of existing conditions and an initial meeting the Project Staff Team.
Purpose, Vision and Fundamental Principles a. Purpose statement - The purpose of the Ephesus Church/Fordham Small Area planning initiative is to consider current transportation conditions, define future land uses and to determine solutions for the existing transportation network in order to encourage reinvestment in properties within the study area.
b. Vision Statement
The Ephesus Church/Fordham shopping area will be an integral part of an active and vivacious neighborhood where residents can walk for basic services and utilize public transit to other destinations. The premise is to see this area redeveloped, re-connected, more accessible and more supportive of transit and the surrounding neighborhoods.
c. Fundamental principles –
• Respect of the Chapel Hill environment and values,
• Assist in meeting market demands for retail, offices, and residences,
• Supports preservation of adjacent neighborhoods,
• Development which is supportive of public transit,
• Improves existing Level of Service (LOS) for the roadway and intersection, and
• Improves the quality of the suburban fabric of the planning area through better building design, connectedness and general accessibility.