June 2016 Petition to Board of Aldermen

To:  
Petition to the Carrboro Board of Aldermen
From:
Rob McClure for Friends of Bolin Creek
Subject:  
Public Process, Conceptual Master Plan for the Bolin Creek Greenway, Phases 3 and 4
Date: 
June 28, 2016

The Board of Aldermen agreed on June 14, 2016 to proceed with a public process outlined in a 2009 resolution that directs the staff “to establish a process for public input on Phases 3 and 4.”

Seven years has passed since 2009 when a different Board of Aldermen approved certain greenway routes in the consultant’s Conceptual Master Plan. Conditions have changed since then. The consultant’s Conceptual Master Plan contained options for routes, not adopted routes. The 2009 Board adopted only some of the routes, making changes in them based on public input at that time. Since then Carrboro and Chapel Hill have made funding requests for additional routes that greatly improve connectivity in the area but Town transportation plans have not been updated.

Therefore, we respectfully request that the Board of Aldermen identify the purpose for the planned public process carefully describing the problem you are trying to solve. We ask that the Board and town staff ensure that the following elements are included in the design of the public process:

  • That citizens be given the opportunity to comment on an array of options in the public process which will include the routes proposed in the consultant’s Conceptual Greenway Plan for phases 3 and 4, as well as the Seawell School Road and the Campus to Campus Connector bike routes.
  • That the staff acknowledge in the design of the process the work of the Carrboro Greenways Commission who reviewed phases 3 and 4 in the Conceptual Greenway report in 2010 over a series of meetings and concluded that no action need be taken for phases 3 and 4.
  • That the Board consider more than the one objective as the purpose for the public process. In addition to biking, please include goals to mitigate damage to impaired streams, protect wildlife, and to provide a balance of types of recreation for users, including a natural surface and forest environment.

The attached map supports these points and underscores the need for the Towns leaders to do the following:

  • To ensure a public process that makes known the relevant updated facts about all the existing and planned routes in the area.
  • That staff share information from DEQ the downsides of placing pavement next to waterways.
  • That staff acknowledges the conclusions from Carrboro’s own Advisory Boards, specifically the Greenways Commission preference for the Sewell School Road option, and the recent Transportation Advisory Board recommendation that a creekside route is redundant and unsuitable for commuting purposes.
  • That all are made aware that Carrboro and Chapel Hill have already requested funding from the MPO for an important north-south bike route: the Seawell School Road and the Campus Connector bike projects.

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