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Reimagining 106 Kenan Street: How we can rethink lots in the historic district of Chapel Hill

 Background:  On July 6, 2021, a structural fire damaged a single-family, four-bedroom home at 106 Kenan St., which was occupied by four college students (who thankfully were able to escape the fire without injury).  Last fall, the house was torn down, leaving an undeveloped .22 acre (9,579 square feet) lot in downtown Chapel Hill. The …

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TBB Land Use & Development Primer | 1.1: Background & History of Zoning

TL;DR: A lot of conversation and debate in our community centers on planning, zoning, and development regulations. But…what are these things? Where did they come from? And why are they used? Are they good? Bad? Somewhere in between? It’s important to understand how land use planning and regulations work, what they can and can’t do, …

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Jenny Schuetz on America’s (and Chapel Hill’s) Housing Crisis

While many of us have recognized for a long time that Chapel Hill is an expensive place to live, the Rod Stevens report seems to have cut through the noise and raised Chapel Hillians’ awareness of the extent of the problem. According to Stevens, the report was commissioned to answer town council’s question “Are we building too …

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Chattin’ with developers (a quick note on affordability in Chapel Hill)

I recently was at an event and recognized a developer who had come before the planning commission in the past (I will not name the developer as I did not request permission to do so). We spoke briefly and the conversation turned to challenges associated with developing in Chapel Hill. The developed talked about the …

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Petition for increased connectivity for Trinity Court residents

In a recent post, I described the importance of building small connections around town to reduce our reliance on car travel and mentioned that the Planning Commission would be petitioning the Town Council to add a connection to the redeveloped Trinity Court apartments. Encourage Council to support a new connection to Trinity Court Details of …

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Greene Tract

“How long shall we stand? As long as there is a need to correct an injustice.” This week, the Towns of Chapel Hill and Carrboro and Orange County will consider adopting a resolution approving a draft recombination plat (map) and conceptual plan for 164-acres jointly owned by the three parties, known as the Greene Tract. …

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