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Central West Committee To Finalize Planning Board Draft Tuesday

By Rachel Nash Posted October 8, 2013 at 8:31 am

CHAPEL HILL – Tuesday is likely the last time the Central West Steering Committee will meet before going before the Chapel Hill Planning Board to present a completed set of recommendations.

Last week, members of the Planning Board said that they were pleased with the drafted plan, but asked committee Co-Chairs Amy Ryan and Michael Parker for more clarification on several issues.

The recommendations included uses and heights for proposed mixed-use development in the area which is near the intersection of Estes Dr. and Martin Luther King Jr., Blvd. It also included suggestions for bicycle and pedestrian amenities.

The work of the Central West Steering Committee has not been easy since it was undertaken in December of 2012, and at times, the meetings have been contentious.

Four members have formed their own unofficial subgroup and have said they can’t endorse the “official” plan. The group presented their revised map to the Planning Board last Tuesday during the public input session, which included what they called a more in-depth traffic analysis. They believed it better explained how the development could impact the neighborhood. The group also presented a report summarizing what they believed to be the shortcomings of the official plan.

The committee meets Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. in the Town’s Transit Building on Millhouse Road.

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