Sample Ballots for Orange County Now Available

Here are your Orange County sample ballots for the November 6, 2018 General Election

  • G001 is Chapel Hill town limits except for Patterson Precinct.
  • G002 is mostly Carrboro but parts of other precincts mostly south of Chapel Hill. 
  • G003 is Chapel Hill town limits in Patterson Precinct (about 1,500 voters).
  • G004 is remainder of the county. 

The complete list of ballots by precinct is available on the Orange County Board of Elections website.

What’s Coming up for Fall 2018

We've compiled issues of interest coming before or at play in each of our municipalities and the county this Fall, which we’ll be following. Here goes:

Carrboro

The Carrboro Board of Alderpersons gets back to regular work with a meeting on September 4, 2018. Here’s a snapshot of what’s on their horizon:

  • Public hearing on Weaver Street Market renovations
  • Report on NC 54 West Corridor Study
  • Update on the 203 South Greensboro project (Southern Branch Library)
  • Public hearing on Lloyd Property conditional rezoning (it’s back!)
  • Update on the Old 86 commercial development concept

Chapel Hill

The Chapel Hill Town Council re-convenes on September 5, 2018. Here’s what we and they have to look forward to this fall:

Racial Equity Toolkits–A Local Example

Last year our School of Social Work class, a service learning course with the Community Empowerment Fund, learned how to use a racial equity toolkit to assess 5 local community policies or programs and hopefully produce an analysis that was informative and useful to our elected officials.

Does the Cost of Housing Tell the Whole Story? Not in Carrboro

For years now, residents and elected officials alike have expressed concern over the affordability of housing in Orange County and the Triangle. Durham’s “Pennies for Housing” and Chapel Hill’s recent “Affordable Housing Bond” attest to the central role housing affordability has played in civic discourse in our area. Moreover, research suggests that the cost of an area’s housing is among the most prominent variables that factor into people’s decisions on where settle.

Which is why it’s nice to see articles that help us make investment decisions. Take a recent one by Derrick Miller published on the SmartAsset site. Miller uses the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)’s definition of “housing cost-burdened”—i.e., when people spend more than 30% of their income on housing—to estimate the percentage of folks in various U.S. cities who are burdened by their housing costs.  His calculations reveal that Newark, NJ is the nation’s “most severely housing cost-burdened” city in the U.S. and that Cary, NC is the least housing cost-burdened city. 

Community and Change in Carrboro: a Student Renter Perspective

I opened the mailer and threw it away. The return address was “Planning Department, Town of Carrboro”. As a city planning student, I thought I would have been more intrigued. But the notice was for a zoning change in a neighborhood I knew nothing about, despite the fact I live just across the train tracks in a North Greensboro Street apartment.

I live with 7 housemates. When I tell that to people, sometimes their mouths go agape.

“Seven?!” they’ll wonder or say aloud in surprised disbelief.

“Yeah, seven, and I like it that way.”

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