Neighborhood Conservation Districts: Chapel Hill Frozen in Time

A common complaint in Chapel Hill is that homeowners bear too great a tax burden because the town lacks a significant commercial tax base to offset it. The town’s onerous development process limits the amount of commercial space that can be built while also limiting the construction of new, different, and denser housing that is affordable to a wider range of people. At the same time, through the Neighborhood Conservation District (NCD) process, the town further restricts the availability of some areas for redevelopment, effectively freezing large areas of Chapel Hill in time. Removing these areas from potential redevelopment results in even less land for the creation of new mixed use and less single-family detached suburban type development to shift the tax burden. If our town is serious about supporting affordability, NCDs are counterproductive, “protecting” large swaths of the town that cannot be developed into denser urban environments.

Public hearing on Northside and Pine Knolls Community Plan

Via e-mail from the Town:

On Monday, November 21, 2011, the Town Council will hold a Public Hearing during which they will consider the adoption of the Northside and Pine Knolls Community Plan and the enactment of zoning amendments to the Northside and Pine Knolls Neighborhood Conservation Districts. The proposed Plan represents the Town and community response to the temporary moratorium in the Northside and Pine Knolls neighborhoods that was enacted by the Town Council on June 21, 2011.  I will forward the Public Hearing materials to this list prior to the meeting. 



Monday, November 21, 2011 - 7:00pm


Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Chapel Hill

CH Town Council passes the Northside development moratorium. What's next?

Go Glen Lennox

[Save Glen Lennox]Kudos to the Little Creek Neighborhood Association who are mobilizing to save the nearby Glen Lennox neighborhood from redevelopment by Grubb Properties. They have enough petition signatures to start the Neighborhood Conservation District process with the Town of Chapel Hill. I'm still not sure whether the NCD is the right tool for the job, but it should help to slow the momentum of the developers who want to raze the neighborhood for a new high-rise mixed use development.


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