Council Meeting Highlights

Council meets Wednesday to consider $225K for affordable housing programs, next steps for Historic Town Hall and other properties, new safety rules for drones and Amity Station Development Agreement.

Post Date:10/09/2017 5:01 PM

The Chapel Hill Town Council will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 11, 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  or by contacting Communications and Public Affairs at 919-968-2743 or

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 ( Town Hall is served by NS and T routes of Chapel Hill Transit (

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Funding Allocation for the Affordable Housing Development Reserve (AHDR)
The Council will consider approving the Housing Advisory Board’s recommended funding plan for the AHDR September 2017 funding cycle, which consists of $165,000 for the Community Home Trust and $60,521 for Self Help. Funds would be used for land acquisitions, affordable rental housing, affordable home ownership opportunities, and repairs and modifications for seven low-income homeowners.

Accepting Four Units for Low Income Housing
The Council will consider accepting ownership of four condominium units in the Ashley Forest development from CASA, a Raleigh-based non-profit organization dedicated to developing rental housing for homeless veterans and people with disabilities in the Triangle. CASA has offered to transfer ownership of eight condominium units, but Town staff recommends declining two units at Brookside and two units at University Gardens based on age and condition. Addition of the units would increase the Town’s affordable rental housing portfolio.

Ordinance to Regulate Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)/Drones for Public Safety
The Council will consider enacting an ordinance that adopts provisions of the Code of Federal Regulations Title 14, part 107, Federal Aviation Administration rules regulating Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems Decision Points. The ordinance would allow the Town to enforce general safety rules providing for a safer community, particularly at special events with large crowds.

Overview of Reports for the Town Properties Task Force, Historic Town Hall Committee and American Legion Task Force
The Council will receive a presentation showing connections among the work and recommendations of three committees – the Town Properties Task Force, Historic town Hall Committee, and the American Legion Task Force. It will consider retaining Historic Town Hall for future use as a history/cultural center. The Council may also authorize the Town Manager to explore the feasibility of a coordinated re-development strategy for the Columbia/Rosemary Street intersection and a downtown parking lot on the southeast corner of Rosemary and Columbia streets

Process and Topics for Amity Station Development Agreement
The Council will consider adopting a resolution creating a facilitated subcommittee of Council members; basing all negotiations with the development team on and building upon the guiding principles and design guidelines in the West Rosemary Street Development Guide and community input received during the developer’s Concept Plan phase. It will consider authorizing the Town Manager and Town Attorney to proceed with organizing and supporting the negotiation, determining topics for negotiation, and establishing development application fees.

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