Highlights for Wednesday’s Council Meeting
The Chapel Hill Town Council will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 10, at Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., to consider an agenda that includes the following highlights. The full agenda and video access available at http://bit.ly/2OWNSyL
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Sidewalk Dining Text Amendment
The Council will consider a text amendment to the Town Code regarding sidewalk dining. Sidewalk dining specifically refers to restaurants placing furnishings in the public right of away (sidewalk) immediately adjacent to their buildings for the purpose of actively serving patrons.
Restaurants voiced their concerns about the permit application process and that ordinance guidelines are overly restrictive. A new permit application was piloted with multiple Downtown restaurants and their experience was used to adjust the application and the Code changes. Ways to improve the Code and permit application were tested with restaurants in a public input meeting last year, as well as with the Downtown Partnership.
Development Applications for Independent Senior Housing
The Council will consider a zoning atlas amendment for a 198-unit, age-restricted multi-family residential development on 17.1 acres located south of Homestead Road. At the March 20, public hearing for the same amendment, the Council voted 5-2 in favor of the rezoning, but two Council members were not in attendance. By State Law, an ordinance must receive a 2/3 affirmative vote of the Council (six votes) to be enacted on the first reading. The Zoning Atlas Amendment is returning for a second reading.
Public Housing Master Plan
Council will receive an overview of and provide feedback on the Public Housing Master Plan.
Chapel Hill uses the Master Plan to better serve the 800+ people the Town serves today and to better prepare for those needing housing tomorrow. The Town is continually assessing its properties, evaluating its assets, and looking at various strategies available to meet the mission of providing safe, affordable housing to its residents.
Community Connections Strategy
The Council will receive and provide feedback on the Community Connections Strategy. The Town is implementing a new strategy to advance the Council’s goal to create a vibrant and inclusive community by enriching the lives of those who work, live and visit Chapel Hill by building community and creating a place for everyone. The updated strategy has two main objectives:
- Increase the diversity of residents engaged in Town processes and programs to fully reflect the composition of the community, with particular focus on engaging populations that have been historically disengaged or disconnected from the Town.
- Deepen the Town’s connections and engagement with organizations, groups, and populations that historically have been disengaged or disconnected from the Town.