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.
The permit application is a significant step for UNC in order to prepare for the new campus. The Corps of Engineers requires that development impacts on all streams and wetlands be analyzed and how those impacts will be mitigated.
The Carolina North Campus has been the focus of a series of planning efforts and community discussions that culminated with the Town and University’s June 2009 approval of a development agreement. The Carolina North Development Agreement contains guidelines and standards for the development of the first 3 million square feet of a mixed-use research and academic campus on 133 acres. Early development will be near the Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Piney Mountain Road intersection. The agreement also contains guidelines for the rest of the property that will be conserved for at least fifty years.