By Gregory Childress; 918-1046

Chapel Hill — A public hearing on Monday moved the Town Council a step closer to adopting the long-awaited Rogers Road Small Area Plan to guide growth and development in the predominately African-American community.

But even so, officials acknowledged that the town is no nearer to identifying a designated source of funding to implement the plan that calls for, among other things, extending municipal water and sewer to the area than when the task force was formed in December 2006.

When asked about money to pay for the projects recommended by the task force, David Bonk, the town’s long range and transportation manager, said public funds would be used for some such projects as the water and sewer extension, and private money would be brought to the area via new development.

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