Why Do Businesses Turn Their Backs on Bike Paths?

Snow blankets our streets and sidewalks and covers the ugly. For a brief period of time there is a quiet beauty in cities and towns. Snow also acts as an important indicator of usage, if we choose to pay attention and use this information to improve our infrastructure. On streets, the snow reveals how narrow a lane can be, and how slip lanes (a bane of pedestrians) are unnecessary and can prototype, to transportation planners, where they can be easily eliminated.

Sunrise Habitat for Humanity-Carol Woods Development Brings Needed Housing

The following overview was written by Jennifer Player, new Director of Habitat for Humanity of Orange County to share key features of this exciting new project proposed for Chapel Hill to provides essential permanent affordble housing and more senior housing.

More than a year ago, two local nonprofits with a combined 70 years of service to Chapel Hill, began discussing a potential development partnership. As a result of those conversations, Carol Woods and Habitat for Humanity of Orange County developed a shared vision to create a vibrant, mixed income, intergenerational community off of Sunrise Road in Chapel Hill.

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:

Work Continues on Threats of Displacement to Mobile Home Dwellers

As we’ve covered before, there are many mobile home parks in Orange County and they are some of the most affordable types of housing we have. Many, however, are situated on land that is valuable and ripe for re-development (we are keeping an eye on the mobile home park on MLK and Taylor called the Tar Heel Mobile Court as the gas station in front of it has recently closed).

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