Council Meeting Summary

Post Date:10/11/2017 5:59 PM

The Chapel Hill Town Council met on Wednesday, Oct. 11, and considered an agenda that includes these highlights. Access the complete agenda at or by contacting Communications and Public Affairs at 919-968-2743 or

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A proclamation was made naming October 2017 Community Planning Month. The celebration of National Community Planning Month publicly recognizes the participation and dedication of the members of the Chapel Hill Planning Commission, Community Design Commission and other citizen planners who have contributed their time and expertise to the improvement of the Town of Chapel Hill.                                                                                                            

Funding Allocation for the Affordable Housing Development Reserve (AHDR)
The Council approved 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.

Four Units for Low Income Housing
The Council deferred this to a future date.

Ordinance to Regulate Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)/Drones for Public Safety
The Council enacted 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 received 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 considered retaining Historic Town Hall for future use as a history/cultural center. The Council also authorized 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 adopted 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 authorized 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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