7:41 pm: Here is some live, during meeting coverage of the May 18, 2004 Carrboro Board of Aldermen by me, Alderman Mark Chilton.
Hopefully this account will be more interesting than being present in person!
The meeting began with some introductory remarks from Bo Lozoff - the man who is starting a job-training bio-diesel production facility in Orange County. The Mayor referred him to the Public Works director to discuss the town purchasing bio-diesel from his new facility.
Now we are on the Consent Agenda. This is usually an amalgam of non-controversial items. Scheduling issues, minutes, two contract awards (engineering and health insurance). We are also changing the speed limit on part of Homestead Road.
I will report more in a few minutes.
8:19 pm: Now we are talking about adopting new parking standards downtown. We are considering giving developers the ability to pay the town in lieu of creating parking for their buildings.
Jacquie Gist raised the question whether payment in lieu will expose the Town to liability if the Town never ends up using the money to build any parking. The Town Attorney says it won't be a liability problem, but that it will be incumbent upon the Board to build some parking with the money.
Now we are discussing how many parking spaces should be required per dwelling unit in dwontown developments. The proposal from the staff and advisory boards includes a requirement of 1.5 spaces/dwelling. This would be a presumptive standard and the actual requirement would depend on the details of the plan. Diana McDuffee advocated to raise the presumption to two spaces per two-bedroom dwelling unit and just one space per one-bedroom dwelling. I advocated for one space per bedroom.
Jacquie is asking if we will eventually have to go to resident-only parking permits in nearby neighborhoods.
More in a little bit.