Rogers Road Neighborhood Projects
Date: March 14, 2019
Location: RENA 101 Edgar Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27516
UPDATE ON SEWER CONSTRUCTION IN THE ROGERS ROAD AREA
The contractor for the Historic Rogers Road Area sewer installation began work in September 2017. We estimate that the work will be complete in spring 2019, but weather and other conditions may affect the contractor’s progress. The sewer that has been installed to date is shown in red on the map on the back. Please note that rock removal and recent wet weather has significantly impacted the construction progress. Order of work: Please see the map on the back. Over the next month, the contractor will continue to install pipe in the areas (shown in orange) along Tallyho Trail and Lair Court. The map lists the expected dates of the future phase of work. Please be aware that our estimates of when the contractor will work in a given area are subject to change due to weather, etc. Also please note that low intensity underground rock blasting is underway along and north of Tallyho Trail. Additional information will be provided, as needed, to those neighborhood members who are directly impacted. We ask for your additional patience as we work along Tallyho Trail in the coming months to install the sewer. We will do our best to keep the flow of traffic moving along Tallyho Trail. How the work may affect you: • Traffic may be limited to one lane near the work area or closed with a detour. We will maintain access for emergency and service vehicles at all times. • There will be noise, dust and mud. The contractor’s normal work hours will be 7 AM to 6 PM, Monday through Friday. Blasting is approved for the hours between 9AM and 2PM. Saturday work will be approved on as needed basis throughout January. How the new completion date may affect you: • You may not be able to connect to public sewer until spring 2019. • Construction may be ongoing in your neighborhood longer than originally anticipated. If you have questions, comments, or concerns about this sewer project, please contact me at the number or email below. With best regards, Allison M. Reinert, P.E. Utilities Engineer, 919-537-4229, email@example.com
Construction on the Rogers Road Sidewalk Project will begin after the 2018 Thanksgiving Holiday. Crews plan to start construction at the north end of Rogers Road at Meadow Run Court and move southward towards Homestead Road. The sidewalk will be installed on the west side of Rogers Road. Lane closures can be expected as soon as December. The Town of Carrboro broke ground on the Rogers Road Sidewalk Project this summer. The project includes the installation of a more convenient pedestrian route, a new bus pad and helter and a connection for residents of the Rogers Road-Eubanks neighborhood. The project has a budget of $1.37 million and will consist of a 5'-wide sidewalk that will run from the west side of Rogers Road to Meadow Run Court.
Installing sewers to serve the Historic Rogers Road Area
The contractor for the Historic Rogers Road Area sewer installation began work in September 2017. We estimate that the work will be complete in early 2019, but weather and other conditions may affect the contractor’s progress. The sewer that has been installed to date is shown in red on the map below. Please note that rock has significantly impacted the construction progress. Order of work: Please see the map below. Over the next month, the contractor will continue to install pipe in the areas (shown in green) along Rogers Road, north of Rogers Road and south of Tallyho Trail. The map lists the expected dates of the future phases of work, and these dates will be updated as work progresses. Please be aware that our estimates of when the contractor will work in a given area are subject to change due to weather, etc. More information on required rock removal will be shared with the community in early November.
How the work may affect you:
Traffic may be limited to one lane near the work area or closed with a detour. We will maintain access for emergency and service vehicles at all times. There will be noise, dust and mud. The contractor’s normal work hours will be 7 AM to 6 PM, Monday through Friday. Saturday work will be approved on an as needed basis throughout November.
How the new completion date may affect you:
You may not be able to connect to public sewer until early 2019. Construction may be ongoing in your neighborhood longer than originally anticipated. The construction sequence may have changed so please check the updated map below. Also, please note that the Town of Carrboro Rogers Road Sidewalk Project is expected to begin in late November along Rogers Road.
Contact: Allison M. Reinert, P.E., Utilities Engineer ,919-537-4229 or firstname.lastname@example.org Mary Darr, P.E., Director of Engineering and Planning, 919-537-4246 or email@example.com .
Rogers Road Neighborhood Zoning Initiative
The Towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro have partnered on a project to establish a zoning framework for the Rogers Road community that reflects the interests of the community and implements the recommendations of Rogers Road: Mapping Our Community’s Future. The zoning standards for the Rogers Road community should encourage a type and pattern of development that fits into its surrounding context and that also provides new opportunities for the community such as jobs, services and housing. In a review of planning efforts to date, an initial set of interests have been identified that may be accomplished through zoning, which include:•Identify access and infrastructure needs associated with development which can be met through zoning standards.•Allow home occupations and identify appropriate criteria/restrictions for them, which may vary within the community (eg based on lot size).
•Determine appropriate strategies for making new housing compatible with existing housing, eg by regulating house size.
•Ensure that land area zoned for commercial/mixed use is sized for the amount of development the community can support (to be informed by market analysis).
•Ensure that property zoned for commercial/mixed use can accommodate a variety of uses that are appropriate to the community, which may include flex or maker space, civic functions, health facilities, arts and culture, etc.
•Incorporate measures that preserve the heritage and character of the community.
•Create standards for both jurisdictions (Carrboro and Chapel Hill) that follow a similar framework and allow consistency throughout the Rogers Road community.
•Create standards that are consistent with each jurisdiction’s larger zoning framework, and/or clearly communicate how the new zoning diverges from approaches taken in other parts of Chapel Hill and Carrboro
•Other interests as defined by members of the Rogers Road community.
BACKGROUND: The Historic Rogers Road area of northwest Chapel Hill and northern Carrboro is a legacy community with settlement dating back to the 1700’s. Extending from Homestead Road to Eubanks Road and covering about ¾ of a square mile, the historic character of the community consists of black-owned family farms and sawmills alongside surrounding forest. From 1972 through 2013, the Orange County Regional Landfill was sited adjacent to the Rogers Road Community, leading over time to adverse environmental and health impacts. The Rogers-Eubanks Neighborhood Association was established in 2007 as a community-organizing group to advocate for environmental justice and improvements to the area.
This included the establishment of a Rogers Road Community Center. As a result of advocacy, the landfill was closed. The governments of Orange County, Carrboro, and Chapel Hill then initiated a sewer construction project, currently ongoing, with the intent of providing better public services to the community. In addition, the Neighborhood Association partnered with the Jackson Center on an intensive 9-month, community-first planning effort for the future of the Rogers Road community. The result was a compilation released in May 2016, Rogers Road: Mapping Our Community’s Future1. The document recommended that development should retain long-term residents, create connections with the larger community, preserve socioeconomic and cultural diversity for the future, and respect the physical/natural character of the neighborhood.