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The Town Council appointed 16 members of the Central West steering committee Monday. They dropped a 17th seat, because no one from public housing applied.

The Central West planning area is immediately adjacent to the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Estes Drive. The impact area runs from Carrboro east to Franklin Street and Homestead Road south to Hillsborough Road.

The steering committee will begin meeting at 6 p.m. Dec. 19. It also will hold a community design charette Feb. 15-16 and community workshops before updating the council in June. The final plan is due next December.

Before the council's decision, Former Transportation Board Chairman Rudy Juliano raised eyebrows by asking to dropped from consideration and recommending his replacement. He and others asked the council to appoint community advocate and former Town Council member Julie McClintock instead.

"I honestly feel that there are other people who would really serve the community better in the context of the Central West study," including McClintock, he said.

Neither Juliano nor McClintock was named to the steering committee. A complete list of members is available at http://bit.ly/SH6WiW

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