This was one of 10 special meetings about Obey Creek planned for the next five months.
Sabrina Oliver, spokeswoman for the town, said the meetings were requested by the public and the council. They are all close together to front-load the schedule, with the possibility to cancel later meetings.
David Bonk, long range planning manager for Chapel Hill, said there is a potential conflict between the town and the state over U.S. Highway 15-501.
In order to accommodate the development, the town might want to make changes to the road, which they cannot do without the state’s compliance.
Another concern is bike and pedestrian transportation at Obey Creek.
The Bicycle Alliance of Chapel Hill wants there to be a bike lane near 15-501 from Dogwood acres to Mt. Carmel Church Road.
They also suggested that a non-motor crossway could be more economical than widening the James Taylor Bridge, which is a trouble spot for bicyclists.
Bonk offered the idea of an extension of a planned off-road path to Mt. Carmel Church Road to make it easier for bicyclists to get to Obey Creek.