Council Recap for Wednesday Meeting
The Chapel Hill Town Council met Wednesday, April 10, at Chapel Hill Town Hall to consider an agenda that included the following highlights. The full agenda and video access is available at http://bit.ly/2OWNSyL
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Sidewalk Dining Text Amendment
The Council approved a text amendment to the Town Code to make outdoor dining easier for restaurants. The change responds to concerns expressed by restaurant owners who voiced their concerns about the permit application process and guidelines. Town staff piloted a new permit application with multiple Downtown restaurants, and their experience was used to adjust the changes. Find changes to the ordinance at bit.ly/2v2S1Ik.
Development Applications for Independent Senior Housing
The Council approved development applications for a 198-unit, age-restricted multi-family residential development on 17.1 acres located south of Homestead Road. Special terms and conditions require the developer to provide a minimum of 20 units for households earning up to 60 percent of the Area Median Income (AMI). These affordable units will comprise 12 one-bedroom units and 8 two-bedroom units. The developer is also required to make road improvements, including the widening of Homestead Road along the length of side frontage to provide a three-lane cross-section with five-foot wide bicycle lanes. Also required are a new bus shelter, electric vehicle charging stations, bicycle parking, a greenway connection, a sidewalk, and crosswalks. Construction is expected to begin in April 2021.
Public Housing Master Plan
Council received an overview of and provided feedback on the Public Housing Master Plan. Chapel Hill uses the 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 deferred review of the Community Connections Strategy to its next meeting on April 17. 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.