Just got an info item that will be on the Chapel Hill Town Council's agenda tonight. Apparently the "Innovations Center" is on next week's agenda (1/23/08), but of course the Council needs to know about the plans for Carolina North to understand the context for this first building. So UNC proposes to toss off a presentation about the Carolina North Master Plan at the same meeting and then go on with presenting the concept plan of the Innovations Center.
I would think the Town would need a moment to actually comprehend the plan before trying to understand something that is supposed to fit into it. But of course that would assume that UNC actually wants elected officials, staff, or citizens of Chapel Hill (and Carrboro) to analyze, understand, or respond to anything they're doing.
It sounds like UNC's plan is just to do a quick presentation, and listen to public comment at this meeting - with one week's notice - and then just go along their merry way building the first phase Carolina North without any substantial input from the community.
TO: Town Council
FROM: Roger L. Stancil, Town Manager
SUBJECT: UNC Presentation on Carolina North
DATE: January 14, 2008
As a follow-up to yesterday’s conversation with the University regarding Carolina North, Jack Evans and I are preparing for University staff to present the Carolina North Master Plan as the first item on the January 23 agenda. This topic would then be open for public comment.
The second item on the January 23 agenda will then be the presentation of the concept plan for the Innovations Center. We have taken this approach because of the Council’s interest in hearing the master plan and receiving public comment before discussion of the concept plan. This agenda also has fewer items than many of the subsequent Council meetings. We will proceed on that schedule unless the Council prefers an alternative approach.
I really hope I am misunderstanding this proposal from UNC, because if not, it sounds like we are about to get steamrolled. Even the campus master plan went through much more discussion and collaboration with the Town, and Carolina North promises to impact the entire area even more drastically.
Where have I gone wrong, Fred?