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Tuesday September 28th

Gretchen Decker


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Construction May Hinder Traffic

Things could get worse before they get better for pedestrians and drivers in Chapel Hill as the University prepares for a slew of massive construction projects. On Oct. 3, the Chapel Hill Town Council approved the UNC's Development Plan, which calls for the construction of 41 new buildings and six new parking structures in the next eight years. The plan aims to alleviate the parking and traffic problems that now plague Chapel Hill. But in the short term, construction will likely add to traffic and parking woes.

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Development Plan Vote Set For Tonight

Months of private meetings and public discussions about UNC's Development Plan will culminate tonight, potentially giving the green light to campus expansion. The Chapel Hill Town Council plans to vote on the Development Plan tonight at its meeting, which will be held at 7 p.m. at the Chapel Hill Town Hall. Before voting, the council will hear final comments from residents and University officials. Following discussion, the council is expected to either accept the plan in whole, accept it with stipulations or reject it entirely.

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Residents: UNC Officials Hesitant to Compromise

Mason Farm Road residents expressed frustration Friday about what they perceive as reluctance on the part of the Board of Trustees to alter the University's Development Plan. In discussions last week, neighborhood representatives and University officials reached what both regarded as a compromise for a proposed access road between South Campus and Fordham Boulevard. But the compromise received a lukewarm response from trustees at their Thursday meeting.

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EMS, Police Given Permission to Display Flags

Emergency Management Services employees have been given the go-ahead to display flags on nametags and vehicles despite prior instructions from supervisors about uniform restrictions. The Uniform Committee -- which includes deputy directors from Orange County fire services, emergency medical services and the 911 center -- made the decision Friday after re-evaluating EMS' uniform policy. The decision came after employees were told to remove flag ribbons from their uniforms and vehicles, which were donned in support of the Sept. 11 victims in New York and Washington, D.C.

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Growth Plan Still Changing

Discussions focused on proposed graduate student housing, the proposed access road from Mason Farm Road into South Campus and details about how construction will be carried out in the Mason Farm neighborhood. Jonathan Howes, special assistant to the chancellor for University relations, said UNC officials are attempting to reach an agreement with residents so they can present a resolution to Chapel Hill Town Council members before they vote on the Development Plan.

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Hearing for Development Plan Tonight

Residents will have one more chance tonight to voice concerns about the University's Development Plan before town officials make a decision Oct. 3. The hearing is slated to begin at 7 p.m. at the Chapel Hill Town Hall. All aspects of the Development Plan, which details campus growth for the next eight years, will be open for discussion. The plan is a part of Master Plan, a 50-year blueprint for growth. Jonathan Howes, special assistant to the chancellor for University relations, will present the Development Plan and answer questions residents might have.

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