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Petition to extend 2020 comprehensive planning

Several people who have been involved with the Chapel Hill 2020 process have written a letter to town leaders asking that the timeline be extended to take the extra time necessary to do a thorough and thoughtful job on the new comprehensive plan. Currently the entire timeline from kick-off to plan approval is less than 8 months, with just two more theme group meetings ahead of us.

The letter and list of signatories will be delivered to the 2020 co-chairs, the town manager, and the town council before the Council retreat at the beginning of February.

If you have participated in Chapel Hill 2020, whether online, at town 

meetings or at other community meetings and you agree, please consider

reading and signing the letter (printed below) at:

We, the undersigned participants in Chapel Hill 2020, are excited about the potential of this process to envision and enable a healthy future for ourcommunity. We believe that a high level of public participation will make abetter plan, and we have invested our personal time and ideas in meetings and reaching out to our friends and neighbors about the plan.

We wish to express our concerns about the speed of this process. Other communities have commonly taken 18 months to multiple years to complete plans that are less ambitious than ours. We understand that there is a need to get valuable input for the priority-based budgeting process, but this cannot supersede the need for the plan to be thoughtful, inclusive, and complete.

We ask you to take action as soon as possible to extend the official timeline to end no sooner than February 2013, to commit to dedicating an upcoming Chapel Hill 2020 meeting to a discussion of process and outcomes, and to follow this meeting with changes as may be needed to address some of the big rocks in our way.

We thank you for your time and service to the community, and appreciate your listening to our concerns.

Obey Creek Concept a Bad Idea

These comments were presented to the Chapel Hill Town Council on November 8, 2010.

In 1992 the Town of Chapel Hill developed a Small Area Plan that created zoning and development parameters for the area south of 15-501. The two year process included all stakeholders in that area of Town. The Plan balanced a dense urban development with the preservation of surrounding environmentally sensitive areas and open space.

Today, this area contains both dense urban development, Southern Village, and a largely undeveloped area east of Southern Village along Obey Creek. Neighbors for Responsible Growth (NRG) is opposed to the Town Council pursuing a radical change for this plan and to the Town undertaking a Development Agreement for the Obey Creek area which was intended to be protected with low density zoning. Continue reading

Neighbors for Responsible Growth is Working for Neighborhoods

Neighborhoods for Responsible Growth (NRG) is a grassroots organization dedicated to preserving our quality of life in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, Orange County, and vicinity. By working constructively with neighbors, elected officials, UNC, and all other members of our community, NRG aims to ensure that our environment and the well-being of our fellow residents are respected.

University Gets Ready to Apply for Army Corps Permit

UNC is about to apply for a 50 year permit from the US Army Corps of Engineers in preparation for when the economy improves and Carolina North construction begins. The University will convene a public meeting on Tuesday, November 16th in advance of the permit application and will answer questions about the draft application as well as the permitting process required by the Corps before development at Carolina North. The draft application of the permit can be viewed at the Town of Chapel Hill’s website. You can find out more about the application by attending the November 16th public meeting at 5:15 p.m. in the basement conference room of the Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive.

A representative from the Army Corps of Engineers will attend the meeting and be available to explain the permitting process and how the public may participate. Attendees will have opportunities to ask questions and share comments.
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