Ephesus Fordham Work Session

There was another well attended meeting  at lunch about Ephesus Fordham today. I asked questions about the projected differences in available Affordable Housing from Form Based Code vs. current Special Use Permit system for the area (they will respond later). I also asked if the property owners would have to pay a new stormwater fee (yes) and if the project could be developed to reduce the amount of stormwater run off. Currently the stated goals are to improve the water quality (reduce nutrients and dissolved solids) and maintain OR reduce the current amount of runoff. A number of neighbors are concerned about the increase in flooding. The watershed map shows the the Ef area is a relatively small amout of the watershed and probably is not the cause of the recent increase in flooding. There is probably some potential for reducing runoff with redevelopment as opposed to status quo. It sounds like there will be a town wide effort to increase the number of raingardens and other features to reduce runoff. (Something I promoted while running for Council.) There were a number of questions about runoff, flooding, traffic, greenspace, protection of current businesses and financing.

The Great Chapel Hill/Carrboro Flood of 2013

Um, wow! Reports? 

(Borrowing the name from Jason Baker's comment.)  

Stormwater problem? What stormwater problem?

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 or Kendal Brown, principal planner, at 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

Bolin Creek Festival


The 5th Annual Bolin Creek Festival will be from 11am-5pm, October 4th at Umstead Park in Chapel Hill. Featuring local artist Dale Morgan, music by Club Boheme, Skeedaddle, Project Mastana—passionate Bollywood dance music, and rhythm circles by the Music Explorium. Special activities for children will include the introduction to stream critters and the popular Enviroscape by the Chapel Hill Stormwater Office.


Saturday, October 4, 2008 - 7:00am to 1:00pm


Umstead Park, Chapel Hill

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