If you have been following this site (3/1/04 & 2/27/04), you know that on Monday, the Chapel Hill Town Council stated clearly that they felt the 90-day review period for UNC Development Plan Modifications is way too short. In fact, it amounts to little more than a rubber stamping of UNC projects. UNC Administrators' insistence on the lighting-round review is a clear indicator of their negligent attitude toward the Town. Chapel Hill would never make a decision that would affect UNC this much without extensive hemming and hawing and making sure everyone was happy.
Now the Chapel Hill Herald reports that not only does UNC have yet another development plan modification in the works, but they are in fact rushing to get it in, in spite of the fact that the Town clearly asked them to wait. The changes they want go way beyond reconfiguring, they include eliminating some proposed parking, building an entirely new building never listed on any plan, etc. Many of these changes are in the "perimeter area" that the Town is supposed to have more control over. As if.
The university's request will also include another large, new project, a 130,000-square-foot physician's office building for the cancer center to be built on the south side of Manning Drive. That project ... is not in the existing development plan. ...
[Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Bruce] Runberg declined to discuss the details of some of the projects, saying planning isn't yet complete. But he did emphasize the university's desire to see the town move quickly on the request.
"We want this to happen in a timely manner," Runberg said. "We want to submit it and get the clock started."
Thanks Bruce, that's real helpful. Now who is being "hostile?"
At the council's Monday meeting, Kleinschmidt said he was disappointed it had taken the town until March to hold a public forum to hear residents' thoughts on the OI-4 district.
Chapel Hill Planning Director Roger Waldon sent an e-mail to Town Manager Cal Horton last month, stating that UNC apparently planned to submit a modification proposal "in the next six months." Waldon gave a list of possible projects, most of which Runberg confirmed on Tuesday.
In fact, Roger has had this information since at least January, and yet even when directly questioned Monday night he could not give the Council a straight answer about it. The staff are doing a great job of keeping the Council in the dark. And the Mayor is doing what? Having private meetings with the Chancellor and personally conveying this thoughts back to the Council.
The Town of Chapel Hill is being abused by our partner, UNC. How much more can we take before we have to walk out the door for our own safety?