Rogers Road Neighborhood Zoning Initiative

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    PROJECT SUMMARY 

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    The Towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro have partnered on a project to establish a zoning framework for the Rogers Road community that reflects the interests of the community and implements the recommendations of Rogers Road: Mapping Our Community’s Future. The zoning standards for the Rogers Road community should encourage a type and pattern of development that fits into its surrounding context and that also provides new opportunities for the community such as jobs, services and housing.

     

     

     

     

     

    DRAFT ZONING ORDINANCE

    Draft zoning language for both jurisdictions is available for public review. The proposed zoning would create a new Historic Rogers Road Neighborhood (HR) district in each town. Click below for the draft ordinances, draft maps, and summaries by topic area

    Earlier in the process, the project team developed a draft outline of what new zoning for the Historic Rogers Road Neighborhood could look like. This document was an intermediate step between gathering initial public input and drafting the actual legal language of a zoning code. It highlights the most important suggested changes and points to areas requiring additional public discussion. The meeting on January 24 offered an overview of this document and opportunities for additional input

     

    ABOUT ZONING

    New zoning standards are a tool being implemented for the Rogers Road community to allow residents to keep what they love and add what they need. Click here for general information on what zoning standards can do and how new zoning is implemented.

    In a review of planning efforts to date, an initial set of interests have been identified that may be accomplished through zoning, which include:

    • Identify access and infrastructure needs associated with development which can be met through zoning standards
    • Allow home occupations and identify appropriate criteria/restrictions for them, which may vary within the community (eg based on lot size)
    • Determine appropriate strategies for making new housing compatible with existing housing, eg by regulating house size
    • Ensure that land area zoned for commercial/mixed use is sized for the amount of development the community can support (to be informed by market analysis)
    • Ensure that property zoned for commercial/mixed use can accommodate a variety of uses that are appropriate to the community, which may include flex or maker space, civic functions, health facilities, arts and culture, etc.
    • Incorporate measures that preserve the heritage and character of the community
    • Create standards for both jurisdictions (Carrboro and Chapel Hill) that follow a similar framework and allow consistency throughout the Rogers Road community
    • Create standards that are consistent with each jurisdiction’s larger zoning framework, and/or clearly communicate how the new zoning diverges from approaches taken in other parts of Chapel Hill and Carrboro
    • Other interests as defined by members of the Rogers Road community

     

    BACKGROUND

    The Historic Rogers Road area of northwest Chapel Hill and northern Carrboro is a legacy community with settlement dating back to the 1700’s. Extending from Homestead Road to Eubanks Road and covering about ¾ of a square mile, the historic character of the community consists of black-owned family farms and sawmills alongside surrounding forest. From 1972 through 2013, the Orange County Regional Landfill was sited adjacent to the Rogers Road Community, leading over time to adverse environmental and health impacts.

    The Rogers-Eubanks Neighborhood Association was established in 2007 as a community-organizing group to advocate for environmental justice and improvements to the area. This included the establishment of a Rogers Road Community Center. As a result of advocacy, the landfill was closed. The governments of Orange County, Carrboro, and Chapel Hill then initiated a sewer construction project, currently ongoing, with the intent of providing better public services to the community. 

    In addition, the Neighborhood Association partnered with the Jackson Center on an intensive 9-month, community-first planning effort for the future of the Rogers Road community. The result was a compilation released in May 2016, Rogers Road: Mapping Our Community’s Future. The document recommended that development should retain long-term residents, create connections with the larger community, preserve socioeconomic and cultural diversity for the future, and respect the physical/natural character of the neighborhood.

     

    PAST EVENTS
     

     Rogers Road Neighborhood Community Meeting

     10/30/2018, 6:30-8:00pm, RENA Community Center

     

     Market Study Community Meeting

     11/15/2018, 7:00-8:30pm, RENA Community Center 

     

    Zoning Options Community Meeting

     11/29/2018, 7:00-8:30pm, RENA Community Center 

     

     

    Zoning Strategies Community Meeting

     01/24/2019, 6:30-8:00pm, RENA Community Center

     

     Project Update to Carrboro Board of Aldermen

     02/19/2019

     Project Update to Chapel Hill Town Council

     02/20/2019, 7:00pm, Chapel Hill Town Hall 

     

    Community Drop-In Sessions - Review Draft Zoning

     03/14/2019, 6:00-8:00pm, RENA Community Center
     03/16/2019, 10:00am-12:00pm, RENA Community Center

     

    Chapel Hill Joint Advisory Board Meeting - Review Draft Zoning

     03/19/2019, 6:00-7:30pm, Chapel Hill Town Hall

     

     Chapel Hill Planning Commission 

     04/02/2019, 7:00pm, Chapel Hill Town Hall

     

    Carrboro Joint Advisory Board Meeting - Review Draft Zoning

     04/04/2019

     Chapel Hill Planning Commission - seeking recommendation

     04/16/2019, 7:00pm, Chapel Hill Town Hall

     

     Chapel Hill Town Council Public Hearing

     04/17/2019, 7:00pm, Chapel Hill Town Hall

     

     Town of Carrboro Northern Transition Area Advisory Committee

     and Planning Board

     04/18/2019, 7:30pm
    Carrboro Board of Aldermen Public Hearing  

     04/23/2019, 7:00pm

    Neighborhood Meeting - Rogers Road Zoning and the Greene Tract

     04/28/2019, 3:00-5:00pm

     RENA Community Center, 101 Edgar Drive

    Chapel Hill Town Council Business Meeting 05/22/2019, 7:00pm, Chapel Hill Town Hall

     

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