A letter from the Mayor of Chapel Hill

GOVERNMENT; COMMUNITY NEWS

Compiled By Michelle Casssell
Managing Editor

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Chapel Hill Community,

Happy Earth Day!

April 23, 2024

Since I last reached out, the Town Council has had a number of meetings, including our annual Legislative Breakfast with our state-elected delegation.  We’ve also been advancing conversations on several budget and land-use-related topics, with some decision points coming up in May and June.

Today, I wanted to share a success from last Wednesday night and make sure everyone is in the loop on two important topics coming forward this week.

April 17: Affordable Housing Success

Last Wednesday, Town Council approved Longleaf Trace, a 100% affordable community that will create 42 – 60 dwellings for seniors aged 55 and above.  Community Home Trust is a partner for this project, which went through the Town’s new expedited Community Priority review process.  

April 24: LUMO Rewrite 

Hopefully, by now, folks know about “Rewriting Our Rules,” the initiative for rewriting Chapel Hill’s Land Use Management Ordinance (LUMO), which sets the rules for the built environment:  buildings, streets, lighting, parking, tree canopy, stream protections, etc.

Council will receive an update and discuss several related topics during Wednesday’s April 24th meeting. We encourage everyone to come out to share questions or ideas. Meeting materials and details—including how to watch from home—can be found on the Town calendar. 

April 26:  Bond referendum

On April 26th, the Council will hold a special work session to continue discussing a proposed bond referendum.  The meeting is open to the public and will be recorded for those who want to listen later.  

Our starting points for the work session came out of our April 15th discussion:

The Town can issue up to $50 million in bonds for larger projects without raising taxes.

Bonds can be put on the ballot for the November 2024 or November 2025 elections.

We have many needs and wants across the organization and will narrow down categories and amounts for the bond package.

Should we decide to wait until 2025, the Town has the ability to cover funding needs in the interim.

See the Town calendar for more information.

Finally, as we make these important decisions, your voice is important, so please reach out with questions or comments to mayorandcouncil@townofchapelhill.org.

Wishing everyone a lovely spring week!

Mayor Jess

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