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Chapel Hill’s getting ready to make it hugely easier to build “missing middle” housing!

Ok, now THIS is a big deal. Chapel Hill is getting ready to make it hugely easier to build “missing middle” housing. What is missing middle housing? It’s all the housing between single-family homes and big multi-family apartments like: Duplexes Triplexes, and Cottage apartments. For years, like many other communities, most land in Chapel Hill …

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Factchecking Adam Searing’s newsletter ‘Controversial town topics’

It’s Town Council season again, which means our fact-checking fingers are limbering up for a workout. In a preview of things to come, Chapel Hill Town Council member Adam Searing sent out a Saturday night newsletter entitled “Controversial town topics on tap.” We’ve previously written about Searing’s claims that Chapel Hill was last in our …

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On that Daily Tar Heel piece about affordable housing in Chapel Hill…

Our friends at The Daily Tar Heel published a curious little piece about Chapel Hill’s housing debate. The article says Town “is working to secure additional housing” (Yay!) but “some community organizations have cautioned that this new path brings its own social costs.” Hmm… The “some community organizations” is apparently one: CHALT. If you are …

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harder-truths

Chapel Hill’s inclusionary zoning policies don’t work

This is part of our harder truths series. Inclusionary zoning ordinances are among the most controversial approaches in modern urban planning. Briefly, these ordinances intend to expand the supply of affordable housing stock by requiring developers to include it as part of new development or redevelopment projects. (We are defining “Affordable” here using the guidance …

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