Future Focus Today and Tomorrow!

Future Focus Agenda February 15 & 16  – at the Friday Center, Trillium A


  1. Welcome & Introductions
  2. Overview of 2020 to date (Mary Jane Nirdlinger, Town of Chapel Hill)
  3. UNC Growth & Development (David Parker, UNC Chapel Hill)
  4. Downtown Growth & Development (Dwight Bassett, Town of Chapel Hill)
  5. “Downtown Compass” (Stan Harvey, Urban Collage) Interactive Session
  6. Overview of Upcoming Charrette (Stan Harvey, Urban Collage) 
  7. Wrap Up

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16 11:30 AM – 1:30 PM and 6:00 – 8:00 PM (repeats from 11:30)

  1. Welcome & Introductions (Mary Jane Nirdlinger, Town of Chapel Hill) 
  2. Chapel Hill Today- existing conditions (Garrett Davis, Town of Chapel Hill & Matt Noonkester, Seven Hills Group) 
  3. Building a Transit-Supportive Community (David Bonk, Town of Chapel Hill) 
  4. Focus Area Exercises (Stan Harvey, Urban Collage) Interactive Session

Information and Results from the sessions will be shared here, so check back if you miss it.


One thought on “Future Focus Today and Tomorrow!

  1. Amy Ryan says:

    One of the topics at tomorrow’s Future Focus meetings will be “Building a Transit-Supportive Community.”

    Surely the ultimate goal of a sensible transportation planning policy is to limit the number of car trips. We need to remember that supporting transit systems is only one tool for achieving that goal (and an expensive one, in terms of financial investment, land disturbance, and development overburden). A responsible and successful planning effort will consider the larger issues that contribute to car traffic and develop ways to address them. Right now, there are three simple strategies that exist which cost less than transit equipment and infrastructure and don’t involve the overdevelopment of land for transit-oriented hubs:

    1. Make the infrastructure changes necessary to allow children to walk to school, and commit to an expectation that all children who can walk to school safely should do so (so that busing is no longer the cultural norm).

    2. Encourage and expedite the building of workforce housing in town, so that people who work at UNC can take the bus to work instead of driving in from Orange, Durham, and Chatham counties.

    3. Encourage the development of more affordable and desirable office space, to retain a significant portion of the people in town who currently commute out to RTP or Durham to work.

    I went to Aaron Nelson’s State of the Community talk a couple of weeks ago and was struck by the wastefulness of our commuting patterns — UNC workers who can’t afford to live here and have to commute in each day, and professionals (many drawn to the Chapel Hill schools) who want to live in Chapel Hill but have to go elsewhere to work.

    Efforts like this would be beneficial for the environment, for the health of our children and the diversity of our community, and would help lessen the congestion on our roads. They would also slow the push from some quarters to foster the development of large transit-oriented hubs, which I fear will harm the village character of the town that survey after survey is shown to be valued by the majority of our residents.

    Maybe we should start with the basics first?

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