On February 5, 2013, the Board of County Commissioners voted to establish a continued charge for the Historic Rogers Road Neighborhood Task Force (attached). A report is to be provided to the Board of County Commissioners in September and the Assembly of Governments in the fall. The Task Force is tasked with understanding the complex set of issues and options related to providing and funding the provision and installation of water and sewer utility extensions while considering options to address gentrification, Chapel Hill's draft Small Area Plan as well as funding options, including the Greene Tract.
The earlier work of the Task Force was provided in a report provided to elected officials http://www.townofchapelhill.org/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=17417. The construction of a community center in the area has been funded by the County with repayment commitments established. Work is expected to begin soon on the new community center to be located in the County on the east side of Rogers Road at the Phoenix Place development.
Council Members Jim Ward and Lee Storrow represent Chapel Hill at the Task Force meetings. Representatives include 2 Chapel Hill officials, 2 Carrboro officials, 2 County officials, and 2 Rogers-Eubanks Neighborhood Association (RENA) representatives.
At recent meetings the Task Force has learned that the location of the area, in the County and in Carrboro's city limits, restricts the ability of Chapel Hill to spend tax dollars in the area. The area is not located in the Chapel Hill city limits nor in the Town's Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ). Please see attached jurisdictional map.
Regarding tonight's update, at the June 12, 2013 meeting of the Task Force, the Task Force passed the following motion:
That we (Task Force) recommend that the County, Town of Carrboro and Town of Chapel Hill consider and discuss two plans to provide sewer to the Rogers Road Neighborhood, first sewer service defined in 2012 at an estimated cost of $5,788,217 that would serve 86 parcels with the Town of Chapel requesting an ETJ from the County for the unincorporated area of the Rogers Road Neighborhood to participate, and second a Compromise Alternative Smaller Rogers Road Sewer Plan that takes parts of the original 2012 plan and would serve 67 parcels at an estimated cost of $3,708,000, with a majority (of the Task Force) favoring a Compromise Alternative Smaller Rogers Road Sewer Plan.
Motion passes 8 yeas 0 nays.
Tonight we will describe the pros and cons of these two alternatives described in the attachment and request feedback.
Further, the Council may consider if there is an interest in investigating a partnership with organizations such as Self-Help and the Jackson Center to help consider larger funding option solutions, advocacy and engagement opportunities, and/or potential development opportunities.
In addition, the Council is anticipating discussions this fall with the County regarding a future annexation approach, given recent legislative actions, including discussion of the role of Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ) and Joint Planning.