Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed the holiday season and had time to celebrate with friends and family. 2013 was a busy year in Chapel Hill and I wanted to send you a short note about the town council's work last year, much of which will continue in 2014. I'll be holding open office hours this month (see sidebar on right), feel free to stop by if you have a specific concern, or just want to hear more about what local government is doing in Chapel Hill.
Much of the fall was spent discussing different small area plans in the town where we are pro-actively planning for future growth. The council approved a small area plan for land near the future Carolina North campus (Central West) at our last meeting in November and will be continuing discussions around development in the Ephesus-Fordham neighborhood and southern area of town (Obey Creek) next year. These discussion have been of great interest to many community members, and I hope you will share your thoughts and concerns as these processes continue this year.
In addition, the council moved forward with an exciting project to provide affordable rental housing on town owned land in partnership with DHIC Inc. As a candidate I frequently stated that the town need to make a lasting commitment to affordable housing, and this project helps to fill in a gap of housing needs that is currently not being met in our community. The council also moved forward with the first step of streamlining our boards and commissions in Chapel Hill.
In December two new council members were sworn in, and I’m excited to have their new energy and focus to help move our community forward. With the change in council, I was appointed to several new board and committees. I’m particularly excited to serve as Chapel Hill’s representative to the Orange County Visitor’s Bureau. The Visitor’s Bureau is a major economic development partner to the town, and they do great work to market the assets we have in this community to tourists and visitors.
As always, don’t hesitate to be in touch if you would like to discuss any of these issues, or other topics on your mind. Stop by open office hours this month or e-mail or call me with your thoughts and concerns. I hope you have a great 2014!