Report on Obey Creek

February, 2015 Update — Within the next several months, the Town of Chapel Hill’s planning staff will negotiate a Development Agreement with the land owner’s representative for 40 plus acres located on 15 – 501 just opposite Southern Village.  All the meetings are open to the public.  A Development Agreement replaces Town Ordinances and the usual system of public hearings and special use permits, and once approved becomes the force of law. The over all size of the Obey Creek remains in limbo, although the property owner’s representative has steadfastly insisted on a development as big as the UNC Medical campus or about 1.5 million square feet.

The Town asked for input from a citizens’ committee during the 2020 process to rewrite the Town’s Comprehensive Plan, and then again a year later when the Council appointed a task force named the Compass Committee that met for a year and issued a report to guide the Council’s work. Many feel that these recommendations are not being followed as the negotiations proceed.

Careful preparation is the hallmark of a successful contract.  The Town must understand the stormwater, fiscal and transportation impacts before agreements are made. Is the Town staff prepared to move forward in with good data in hand?  You be the judge.

  • Transit:  The Town has ensured that DOT and consultanys prepare traffic studies.  What do they show? Service levels or congeston will significantly deteriorate even without adding anticipated traffic from Glen Lenox and Ephesus Fordham.
  • Fiscal:   The Town’s fiscal model is improving but still does not capture realistic costs of services. The use of expensive comparables such as Greenbridge, calls into question the validity of the model and suggests that this project will cost the town more than it takes in.
  • Environmental: To date no stormwater studies have been conducted.

Most all town meeting are public and most are videotaped.  Here is a list for meetings where the Obey Creek proposal will be discussed.

  • February 26, 2015 at 7:00pm – Council Special Meeting  Cancelled
  • March 9, 2015 at 7:00pm – Council Business Meeting
  • March 12, 2015 at 7:00pm – Council Special Meeting
  • March 16, 2015 at 7:00pm – on Council Agenda
  • March 25, 2015 at 7:00pm – Council Special Meeting

 

See the Town of Chapel Hill’s Webpage here.

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