Have Your Say on UNC Development

Ruby Sinreich's picture

There are lots and lots of meetings relating to UNC's development plans, but this Monday is one not to miss. The Chapel Hill Town Council will hold public hearings on two issues that will define the future deliberations about Carolina North.

1. The report of the Horace Williams Citizens Committee (HWCC). This committee was charged with the task of advising the Council on issues related the Horace Williams tract and the University's development of it. The HWCC has worked on this report for over a year. It contains detailed goals and principles, from the econmic and environmental impacts to constuction phasing, transit plans, and neighborhood protection. This report should be used in the future to provide some support to the Council by demostrating the community's goals for this land.

2. My pet peeve of many years: the 90-day time limit for Town review of development applications in the OI-4 zone. This is less time than the Town spends on a measly Special Use Permit application, and it could contain as much development as the entire main campus. It was a bad idea from the start. And even though no-one believed me then, time has now made it clear to many that is simple a bad way to conduct government.

*Notice of Public Forum on Horace Williams Property (Carolina North) Report*

When: Monday, March 1, 2004 at 7 p.m.

Where: Council Chamber at the Chapel Hill Town Hall, 306 N. Columbia Street

On Monday, March 1, 2004 at 7 p.m. the Chapel Hill Town Council will hold a public forum on the Recommended Principles, Goals and Strategies the Horace Williams Property (Carolina North) report. The Council called the forum to hear comments from citizens on the report as presented to the Town Council by the Horace Williams Citizens Committee.

An electronic copy of the report is available on-line (PDF).

The agenda for the meeting will be available on-line by the end of the day Friday, February 27 on the Town web site.

Contact the Planning Department at 968-2728 for more information.

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If the governor does not

If the governor does not veto this new legislation, how might plans for CN change?

"A new state law poised to take effect in October would give local governments more say over how UNC-system campuses and other state agencies change how they use their land within a community.

The bill would give municipalities zoning authority over state construction that could include a new parking lot, athletic field, airplane runway or utility corridor. Most municipalities already have some regulatory authority over projects that include buildings. "
http://www.herald-sun.com/state/6-511781.html

Verrry interesting, Terri!

Verrry interesting, Terri! I also recently spotted this:

UNC-CHAPEL HILL CONTINUE TO OPERATE HORACE WILLIAMS AIRPORT

SECTION 9.7.(a) The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shall operate the Horace Williams Airport and continue air transportation support for the Area Health Education Center (AHEC) and the public from that location until a replacement facility that is accessible to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill becomes operational.

SECTION 9.7.(b) The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill shall report to the Joint Legislative Commission on Governmental Operations by July 1, 2006, and biannually thereafter, on progress locating a replacement facility for the Area Health Education Center. The Departments of Administration and Transportation shall assist the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill as needed to secure a replacement facility.

In N.C. House Bill 1414 (PDF).