Chapel Hill 2020

Central West Small Area Plan now available on-line.

Created by the central west steering committee and adopted in November of last year by the town council, the plan deals with the MLK-Estes intersection and surrounding areas in anticipation of upcoming changes, including the eventual development of Carolina North and the potential end of the airport hazard zone.  Having attended some of the meetings and being connected to the area I appreciate the work that was done by the steering committee on this project.  

As of now the plan can be seen on the town website in the 2020 section.  

Sketching Chapel Hill: Informational Sessions about Community-Wide and Focus Area Topics

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Come join us at "Sketching Chapel Hill," a series of free informational sessions on Saturday, Jan. 26, that will be idea-inspiring, conversation-sparking and thought-provoking. Sessions will be held throughout the day in the Council Chamber of Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill 27514.

"Sketching" is an education program of DESIGN Chapel Hill 2020, the title given to the implementation phase of the Chapel Hill 2020 comprehensive plan. The sessions will focus on community-wide topics as well as topics pertaining to the Central West and Ephesus/Fordham Focus Areas.

DESIGN Chapel Hill 2020 recognizes that the adoption of the comprehensive plan was not an end point, but a beginning. Now that the community's ideas have been articulated through the comprehensive plan, these ideas may be used toward designing our community. This month's "Sketching Chapel Hill" meets an interest expressed by many participants during the Chapel Hill 2020 for continued civic education in such areas as designing public spaces, zoning rules, transportation system, landscape design, and more.

"We are looking forward to continued public involvement as we begin to evaluate and implement the goals and action items for the goals - and take other steps towards implementing the Chapel Hill 2020 Plan," said Mary Jane Nirdlinger, director of policy and strategic planning for the Town of Chapel Hill.

"Sketching" participants may come for all sessions or drop in for topics of interest. For more information, contact Megan Wooley, housing and neighborhood services planner, at or 919-969-5059. To learn more about DESIGN Chapel Hill 2020, visit

Schedule for Sketching Chapel Hill
Saturday, January 26
Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

8:30 a.m.: Sign-in Begins

9:15 a.m.: Welcome

9:30-10:30 a.m.: Session 1: Creating Healthy Hubs Through Zoning
Presenter: Roger Waldon, Principal, Clarion Associates
Before this session, you could watch this presentation about Form-Based Codes: This presentation was given by Lee Einsweiler, Principal at Code Studio, on March 15, 2012.

10:45-11:45 a.m.: Session 2: Growing Creative Businesses and Community Spaces
Presenters: Judith Cone, Special Assistant to the Chancellor for Innovation & Entrepreneurship
Bobby Funk, Assistant Director, Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership
Len Wohadlo, Founder, 3 Birds Marketing
Before this session, be sure to check out the LAUNCH-CHAPEL HILL website:

11:45 a.m.-1:15 p.m.: Break for Lunch

1:15-2:15 p.m.: Session 3: Making Transportation Decisions on a Local Level
Presenter: George Alexiou, Principal, Martin/Alexiou/Bryson
Before this session, check out the Town's Complete Streets webpage:
Also, be sure to watch the special topics presentation about Chapel Hill's Future Transit Network: This presentation was given by David Bonk, Long Range and Transportation Manager, and Steve Spade, the former director of Chapel Hill Transit, on February 10, 2012.

2:30-3:30 p.m.: Session 4: Carolina North Update
Presenter: Bruce Runberg, Associate Vice Chancellor of Facilities, Operations, Planning & Design, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Before this session, check out the Town's Carolina North webpage:
Also, be sure to watch this special topics presentation about Student Housing: This presentation was given by representatives from UNC Student Affairs on August 15, 2012.


Saturday, January 26, 2013 - 9:30am to 3:30pm


Council Chamber, Chapel Hill Town Hall

Planning Models and the Future Townscape - Chapel Hill Special Topics presentation

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Chapel Hill Special Topics: "Planning Models and the Future Townscape"
Posted Date: 7/10/2012

The Town of Chapel Hill Special Topics sessions return to the community with "Planning Models and the Future Townscape" to be presented at noon Wednesday, July 18, in the Council Chamber of Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend.

The Special Topics series began during the Chapel Hill 2020 comprehensive planning process as a way to share information with interested residents who want to know more about issues, trends and studies that affect the future. For past topics, see

Garrett Davis, a long range planner for the Town of Chapel Hill, will provide an overview of the various types of planning models the Town uses to analyze and understand data related to future population and employment growth and related transportation and land use impacts. Models help planners gather and analyze information and predict possible future outcomes, based on a set of assumptions. The presentation, which will provide an overview of the current use of planning modes in the Triangle region and focus on the use of CommunityViz, an interactive software platform that integrates land use mapping and statistical analysis used by the Town during the development of the 2020 Comprehensive Plan. The presentation will be followed by a question and answer session.

Garrett develops analysis, Geographic Information System (GIS), and graphic design projects to aid the Town's planning initiatives. He also provides professional support to other Town departments and partner agencies.

The public event will be aired live on Chapel Hill Government TV-18 and streamed on the Town of Chapel Hill website at For more information, contact or 919-969-5061.


Wednesday, July 18, 2012 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Chapel Hill Town Hall Council Chambers (405 Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd.)

Chapel Hill Town Council Adopts Comprehensive Plan

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Unsurprisingly, the Chapel Hill Town Council unanimously (I think) adopted the Chapel Hill 2020 comprehensive plan earlier tonight. Despite the objections of many citizens on a number of fronts and the reluctance of some of the council members themselves, the process will now exit the extensive community input phase and enter a period of “continued engagement.” 

Not Ready to Cheer CH2020

As the June 25 deadline for completion and possible adoption of Chapel Hill’s new comprehensive plan draws near, kudos and congratulatory pats on the back abound. Unfortunately, I am not able to join in the current Chapel Hill 2020 lovefest. While there are many positive points that can be made, the final product is certainly not shaping up to be anything we should celebrate.


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