Council Meets Wednesday
The Chapel Hill Town Council will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, at Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., to consider an agenda that includes the following highlights. The full agenda and video access will be available at https://bit.ly/2P3VL6V
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Public attendance is welcome. Parking is available at Town Hall lots and the lot at Stephens Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Additional parking is available in several public lots on Rosemary Street (parkonthehill.com). Town Hall is served by NS and T routes of Chapel Hill Transit (chtransit.org).
Annual Percent for Art Plan
The Council will consider approval of the 2019/2020 Annual Percent for Art Plan, the purpose of which is to define our community identity, promote social interaction and bring arts into everyday life.
Proposed East Rosemary Downtown Redevelopment Project
The Council will consider authorizing the Town Manager to draft a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding with Grubb Properties, which proposes to exchange property and construct a 1,100 space parking deck and a new office building in downtown. The Council will receive a presentation on this proposal, which would be brought back for further consideration on March 4.
Land Use Management Ordinance: Massing in the Blue Hill District
The Council will consider new massing standards that aim to increase pedestrian connections, increase visual permeability, and reduce the visual impact of taller buildings. The recommendations are based on economic analysis done by Noell Consulting, primary urban design evaluation done by Civitech Inc., and an additional assessment by the Town’s urban designer.
Land Use Management Ordinance: Conditional Zoning
The Council will consider amending the Land Use Management Ordinance to allow additional uses as part of conditional zoning and to make changes to concept plans related to conditional zoning requests. Current concept plan procedures for conditional zoning are inconsistent with concept plan procedures for special use permits. At the time of concept plan, applicants may not know whether they will submit future applications as a special use permit or conditional zoning. Different concept plan thresholds create confusion for both the applicant and the community. The proposed text amendment seeks to make the thresholds for both application types the same.