Here are the maps developed by the town’s consultant regarding scenarios for development in the South MLK area (from Homestead Rd. to downtown).
They include a base map and the following three scenarios:
1. Incremental growth: This includes high-density residential development along Estes from MLK toward Somerset, with one new road from Estes into that development.
2. Modest redevelopment: This includes low-density commercial/office and high-density residential development along Estes all the way to Phillips Middle School (including new roadway access from Estes). It also includes high-density residential development behind the offices on MLK north of Mt. Bolus Road that would extend toward (but not connect to) Caswell Drive, with a new entry road from MLK.
3. Transit-oriented growth: Same as #2 for the Estes and Mt. Bolus areas.
Any of these options will have major consequences for traffic flows, pedestrian safety, and environmental quality in the area and beyond. Please take a look and help us to convince the town council that any development projects along these lines should not be undertaken without substantive, sustained input from local residents and others affected by the potential changes.
The complete set of future focus scenario maps for the town of Chapel Hill can be found at http://2020buzz.files.wordpress.com/2011/12/all-future-focus-scenariossmall.pdf. The maps for South MLK are the last four in the set.