A Place for Everyone

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Family friendly, accessible places for a variety of active uses

A creative place to live, work, and play

A range of housing options for current and future residents

A welcoming and friendly community

A community of high civic engagement and participation


Big Idea – Community & Neighborhood Engagement



• Affordable Housing Strategy
• Affordable Rental Housing Strategy
• Youth Initiative
• Downtown Streetscape



Parks and Recreation Services that should receive the most emphasis No. 1 – Number of walking/biking trails No. 2 – Maintenance of Town parks No. 3 – Programs for teens Availability of affordable housing — 83%

Residents are neutral/dissatisfied


targetThe Council has established 4 goals toward this CH 2020 theme. 



Set aside by the Town in 2016 for affordable housing



Paid to the Town from developers for new affordable housing projects

A Place for Everyone The Chapel Hill 2020 theme explored diversity and inclusion in a family-friendly, vibrantly creative environment. Participants focused on creating a welcoming community for all with special emphasis on the arts, teens, and the need for affordable housing.

Community Voices


BETH SIEGLINGBeth Siegling, 15, sophomore at East Chapel Hill High School

“I work at the library as a summer job sorting books and digital media. I also work some with the children in the children’s center in my spare time. I’m often involved with local theatre groups. I also enjoy trivia nights held at the Teen Center. In the summer I swim at the Community Center and Homestead Aquatics Center. I feel like there are always things to do and that the Town is a very accepting community.”


IDEASFunding Affordable Housing — To support affordable housing development and preservation, the Council has committed to setting aside nearly $700,000 in 2016. Application of the Town’s Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance led to about $800,000 committed to be paid to the Town in lieu of building affordable housing on a project site. These funds will support our affordable housing strategies.

Creating New Affordable Housing in the Ephesus Fordham District — A $10.8 million affordable housing development geared toward working families and seniors is planned on 8.5 acres of Town property off Legion Road. DHIC, a Raleigh nonprofit, is the Town’s partner in creating the development. Greenfield Place will have 80 apartments with rents affordable for those with incomes at or below 60 percent of the local median income. The project reflects a successful partnership, leveraging Town donated land; DHIC secured federal tax credits and a $1 million loan from NC Rental Production Program; Chapel Hill and Orange County investments of $300,000, and a DHIC investment of $300,000. Phase 2 will create 60 affordable rental units for persons ages 55 and older.

Loving the Library — Standing-room only best describes new programs at our most popular community gathering spot – the Chapel Hill Public Library. The library hosted special guest, former Mayor Howard Lee, pictured with Town Manager Roger Stancil (top photo at right), who returned for the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration in January 2015. “Between the Lines” is a new forum for community conversations about current topics. Teen activities such as video creation, writing workshops and social clubs are being designed by a new Teen Coordinator.

Learning TogetherCome Learn with Us sessions (bottom photo at right) are like a “bite-sized” Citizens Academy, responding to many community interests. We are engaging the public through social media – a 44 percent increase in Twitter followers in 2015 from the previous year – and our new video content.

Closing the Digital Divide — Our new partnerships with AT&T and Kramden Institute are offering many public housing residents free internet, computers, and computer classes (middle photo at right shows a graduating class). In 2014, the Town of Chapel Hill surveyed its public housing residents with school-aged children and found that one out of every four households had no internet access at home. Ninety-six percent of survey respondents reported an interest in computer training classes.

Sprucing up Franklin Street — In March 2015, crews repaired sidewalks, pruned or removed trees, moved newspaper bins, installed new bike racks, removed planters and some signage as part of streetscape improvements to the 100 block of East Franklin Street.

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