Council Meeting Highlights
The Chapel Hill Town Council will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 2, at Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., to consider an agenda that includes the following highlights. The full agenda is available at https://bit.ly/2I1iwWR or by contacting Communications and Public Affairs at 919-968-2743 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Request for Merritt Mill East Affordable Housing Project
The Council will consider authorizing a funding request from CASA, an established Triangle area nonprofit affordable housing developer that has acreage under contract on S. Merritt Mill Road. Here it intends to develop 24 apartments to provide rental housing to households under 60% of AMI with a priority for households who are homeless and/or who have disabilities. The Town approved $330,810 in funding from the Affordable Housing Development Reserve (AHDR) in 2017 for land acquisition and site improvements of this property. CASA is requesting an additional $221,000 to support this project, as the project scope has doubled from 12 to 24 permanently affordable units and project cost estimates have increased. Learn about the Affordable Housing Development Reserve -> https://bit.ly/29VhUlf
Percent for Art
The Council will consider revised procedures for the Town’s Percent for Art Program to allow for a more flexible, nimble approach to funding and projects – as well as new communication and accountability measures. The Cultural Arts Commission has reviewed these revised procedures and concurs with the changes.
Update from Orange
County Partnership to End Homelessness
The Council will receive the 2017 report on key accomplishments and activities. Access the by-the-numbers report at https://bit.ly/2HGNDDy
Recommended Budget for FY 2018-19
Town Manager Roger Stancil will present a recommended Town Budget for Council review and consideration. More information will be posted soon at www.townofchapelhill.org/budget
Community Members to Participate in the Town Manager Assessment Center
The Council will consider the appointment of community members to participate in an assessment center for applicants to the Town Manager position. The Council authorized the Mayor to execute a contract with Developmental Associates to search for a Town Manager in January 2018. At its February 14, 2018 business meeting, Council offered input as part of Developmental Associates' job and organizational analysis and reviewed steps in the recruitment, selection, and screening process. One of those steps is to recruit four to six community members to participate in an assessment center scheduled for May 31 and June 1, 2018. www.townofchapelhill.org/townmanagersearch
Public Housing Master Plan
The Council will be asked to provide feedback on preliminary recommendations for a Public Housing Master Plan. The process for creating the plan includes a multi-phased approach to assess the current conditions of the Town’s housing portfolio which comprises 336 homes in 12 public housing communities throughout Chapel Hill and one in Carrboro. The Town will consider feedback sought from public housing residents about their satisfaction and a resulting list of suggestions for improving their communities. These components will inform decisions regarding renovation, rehabilitation or potential redevelopment of our properties.
Affordable Housing Quarterly Report
The Council will receive an update on the Town’s progress toward affordable housing initiatives. Currently, there are 1,065 affordable housing units in Chapel Hill. Working with the Community Home Trust, Rebuilding Together and Habitat for Humanity, the Town has successfully completed 20 new affordable housing units in this quarter. Access the Affordable Housing Dashboard: https://bit.ly/2CddjJ8
Public attendance is welcome. Parking is available at Town Hall lots and the lot at Stephens Street and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Additional parking is available in several public lots on Rosemary Street (parkonthehill.com). Town Hall is served by NS and T routes of Chapel Hill Transit (chtransit.org).
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