Following the enactment of the temporary development moratorium (see below for more information) in June of 2011, Town staff established a partnership with representatives of the Sustaining OurSelves coalition to jointly create a process to develop a Northside and Pine Knolls Community Plan that would respond to the the issues brought forward by the community during the moratorium discussions.
The purpose of the Northside and Pine Knolls Community Plan was to develop multi-disciplinary, collaborative solutions to the following community themes:
3. Education and Outreach
4. Affordable Housing
5. Cultural and Historic Preservation
6. Zoning Regulations (Neighborhood Conservation District Regulations)
Each of these themes are addressed in the Community Plan, and "Action Steps" are provided for each theme.
Implementation of the Northside and Pine Knolls Community Plan
The Town staff has been working together with the Jackson Center, the Northside and Pine Knolls communities, and many others to implement the Northside and Pine Knolls Community Plan. The following provides some information about the work that has been done. Ongoing efforts are currently underway.
Parking - New Regulations On September 1, 2012, a new regulation went into effect which states that a maximum of four cars will be allowed on a lot (includes parking in the side and back yard); therefore, if more than four cards are parked on a lot, a violation notice may be given. Owners of duplexes and triplexes may apply to the Planning Board for an exception to this regulation to allow up to six (6) cars on a lot.
Parking is only permitted in designated areas on a property (not on front-yards/grass).
If someone is found to be in violation, the Town could seek formal action that could include fines up to $100 per day if the violation is not addressed.
Education and Outreach
University students are important to the Chapel Hill community, and the Town, the University, and the neighborhood residents are interested in helping the students have a safe and positive off-campus living experience and also educating the students about their responsibilities as community residents.
In order to provide students with information about being a "good neighbor," the following efforts are being taken:
Good Neighbor Initiative- The Good Neighbor Initiative is a partnership between the Town, the University, and community organizations to provide students, who are living in neighborhoods surrounding downtown and campus, with information about being a good neighbor and living with permanent residents.
College Students Webpage- This webpage provides students with information about living off-campus, including the regulations and helpful contact information.
Tar Heel Citizen Times - The Tar Heel Citizen Times is a monthly newsletter that provides helpful hints, reminders about Town and University regulations, and tips for being a good neighbor to those who are living in residential neighborhoods. The newsletter also provides job and volunteer opportunities, so be sure to check out this month's edition!
For more information about the development moratorium that was in effect for the areas in and around the Northside and Pine Knolls neighborhoods, please see the following information. This moratorium was in effect until January 31, 2012. While the development moratorium was in effect, the community and Town staff worked together to create the Northside and Pine Knolls Community Plan.