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Public Information Meeting on Rules for Cleaner Streams in Chapel Hill

From the Town web site:

A public information meeting will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, on new riparian buffer regulations for Chapel Hill. A riparian buffer is a vegetated area near a stream that helps protect waterways from the impact of adjacent land uses and pollution. The meeting will be held in the Council Chamber of Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Town of Chapel Hill stormwater management and planning staff members will describe the process for adopting changes to the Town's Land Use Management Ordinance to comply with new state and federal rules that aim to reduce pollution flowing into streams and Jordan Lake. The lake is a major drinking water supply to Wake and Chatham Counties, and a popular recreation area and wildlife habitat.

The new rules necessitate text amendments in Chapel Hill’s Land Use Management Ordinance regarding protection of riparian buffers. Staff will discuss what the rules will mean to property owners and how they will affect maintenance and development near riparian buffers.

The Town has riparian buffer protection requirements contained in its Resource Conservation District (RCD) provisions of the Land Use Management Ordinance. However, the current provisions do not address all of the Jordan Lake buffer protection criteria. The local program must consist of ordinances, policies, and procedures for protecting the riparian buffer, determining variances, record keeping, and enforcement.

All waterways in Chapel Hill and its planning jurisdiction flow into the Upper New Hope Arm of Jordan Lake. This area of the lake experiences frequent algal blooms due to overloads of nitrogen and phosphorous. The algal blooms can cause taste and odor problems in drinking water, kill or stress aquatic life, and release toxins into the water. Riparian buffers are important in providing vegetation to filter stormwater runoff and to stabilize streambanks. They reduce erosion and sedimentation and the corresponding pollutants that flow into the lake.

There will be opportunity for additional public input during a Town Council public hearing tentatively scheduled for Feb. 15. If you are unable to attend the public information meeting, please submit comments to Sue Burke, stormwater management engineer, at [email protected] or Kendal Brown, principal planner, at [email protected]. These comments will receive the same consideration as those from the public session. For more information, call Sue Burke at 919-969-7266 or visit



Wednesday, January 20, 2010 - 12:00pm


Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Blvd, Chapel Hill

Public Information Meeting on Inclusionary Zoning


Tuesday, February 2, 2010 - 12:00pm


Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Blvd, Chapel Hill

Chapel Hill-Carrboro Holiday Parade

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro Holiday Parade is scheduled for Saturday, December 12, 2009 from 10:00 a.m. until approximately 12:00 noon. Presented by the Chapel Hill Jaycees, the parade this year promises to be a celebration of our community spirit.

We encourage all entries to have a holiday theme and awards will be given for Best of Parade, Most Original, Best Holiday Theme, Most Creative, Best Scout Troop. Our winners put a lot of thought and creativity in their entries and that is what makes this holiday parade so special!


Franklin Street/Main Street

Community workshop on bike/walk way between Carolina North and Main Campus

Please Join Us for a Community Workshop to share ideas for a bike/walk way between Carolina North and Main Campus

When: December 1, 5:30-7:30 PM
Where:  Suite 133G University Square

This workshop will be an opportunity to share ideas, suggestions and information to explore the location for a greenway and bike path connection between the Carolina North campus and the Main UNC Campus.  We are seeking a pathway that is not located within the Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. roadway and that avoids steep grades where feasible.  It may include existing or planned greenways for a portion of the route.

There will be a brief introduction by Town and University staff about existing conditions between the two campuses.  Staff will also share some examples of the kind of opportunities we’re seeking for new routes through the neighborhoods or using portions of the existing and planned greenway system.

The majority of the workshop will be spent in an open session, focused on gathering input from the participants, including students, residents, technical experts, advisory boards and community groups about approaches to connectivity.

We’re looking for your ideas, suggestions, opinions and information, so please come prepared to tell us what you think!

If you have a question for the Town, call The Town of Chapel Hill Planning Department at:
(919) 968-2728.  If you have a question for the University, contact Jill Coleman at [email protected]

You may also send comments to [email protected] or check the website for more information:


Tuesday, December 1, 2009 - 12:30pm


Suite 133G, University Square

21st Annual RSVVP Day - Dine out to support IFC

"RSVVP" stands for "Restaurants Sharing 10 Percent" (The Vs are Roman numeral 5s, so V+V=10). Participating restaurants will contribute 10% of their total proceeds on that day to benefit the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service.

In 2008, 105 Orange County restaurants participated, raising $21,034.72 to help IFC Food Programs. During the past 20 years, Orange County restaurants have contributed $329,448, and over half a million dollars have been raised Triangle-wide.

Click here for a list of participating restaurants:


Tuesday, November 10, 2009 - 7:00am

2009 Town Treasures recognition

From Chapel Hill Magazine's blog:

For the second consecutive year, the Chapel Hill Historical Society will bestow the title of “Town Treasure” upon 12 individuals and couples who have made their mark on our town’s history.

Among this year’s class are a UNC basketball legend, a dairy farmer, two gardeners, two former mayors, the first president of the National Association of Black Journalists and a former UNC chancellor. Many of them will attend a public reception at the Chapel Hill Museum on Oct. 15 at 5:30pm, where they will be recognized by Mayor Kevin Foy. An exhibit featuring text from interviews with the honorees and photos of them taken by award-winning photographer Catharine Carter will be on display at the museum through the fall and will then move to its permanent location at the Seymour Senior Center.



Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 1:30pm


Chapel Hill Museum, at the intersection of East Franklin and North Boundary Streets in Chapel Hill

OCDP Carrboro Mayor and Aldermen Candidate Forum

October 22, 2009 – Thursday 7:00 – 9:00 PM
Lake Hogan Farms Club House, 101 Commons Way.
A forum featuring Carrboro Mayor and Aldermen Candidates co-hosted by the Hogan Farms and Town Hall precincts.


Thursday, October 22, 2009 - 3:00pm


Lake Hogan Farms Club House, 101 Commons Way, Carrboro

OCDP breakfast with Hillsborough Mayor and Council Candidates

September 26, 2009, Saturday,
9:00 - 11:00 AM
Occoneeche Steak House, 378 S Churton St., Hillsborough, NC
A forum featuring Hillsborough Mayor and Council Candidates at the Orange County Democratic Breakfast.


Saturday, September 26, 2009 - 5:00am


Occoneeche Steak House, 378 S Churton St., Hillsborough

NAACP School Board Candidate Forum

Thanks to MaryAnne for the tip.


Monday, September 21, 2009 - 3:00pm


St. Paul AME Church, Merritt Mill Road, Chapel Hill

Mayoral Debate

Got this from a candidate's calendar, not sure whose debate it is. Maybe DTH?


Tuesday, October 6, 2009 - 3:00pm





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