Martin Johnson

anatomy of complete connected community

Complete Communities, Dissenting Council Members

If it’s Tuesday, it’s time for another planning process to begin in Chapel Hill. This week, Jennifer Keesmaat, former mayoral candidate and chief Planner of the City of Toronto, Canada (population 2.8 million), kicked off her Connecting Communities planning initiative for the Town of Chapel Hill (population .061 million).

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A Tale of Two (or maybe Four) Petitions: Determining the Future of the American Legion Property

tl;dr – A CHALT petition circulating calls for park on the American Legion site. The petition is misleading: The plan has ALWAYS been to build a park on the American Legion site. Five members of Town Council announced plans to build a “world class park” on the site last week, in addition to some retail …

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Three takeaways from Chapel Hill’s report on using expedited review to approve affordable housing

Last Fall, four members of Chapel Hill Town Council—Karen Stegman, Tai Huynh, Allen Buansi, and Michael Parker–submitted a petition to the town council asking staff to look into strategies for expediting the review of affordable housing projects in town. This spring, two affordable housing projects—Jay Street and Trinity Court—with 100 homes between them were approved …

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Liveblogging the Carrboro Town Council’s discussion of the Carrboro Comprehensive Plan (2022-2042)

Tonight (Tuesday, May 10), the Carrboro Town Council is meeting to discuss its new comprehensive plan, titled Carrboro Connects (The last one was called Carrboro 2020, but appears to not meet the state’s definition of a “comprehensive plan”). While Chapel Hill has put together many comprehensive plans in the past, this is a first for Carrboro. …

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