Town of Chapel Hill North Carolina Executive Summary
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EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

Meeting Date: 5/23/2011
AGENDA #14


Title of Agenda Item: Response to Petition Regarding the Northside Neighborhood and Considerations about Student Rental Development in Residential Neighborhoods.  (R-10)

Background: The purpose of this report is to respond to a petition from Sustaining OurSelves (SOS) regarding development in the Northside and Pine Knolls neighborhoods. In this report we also provide information about the efforts of a multi-disciplinary staff workgroup that is developing a unified, collaborative response to complaints associated with student rental properties in residential neighborhoods.

Fiscal Note: There is no fiscal impact associated with the recommendation to hold community meetings over the summer and return to the Council in September, 2011, with a report about the community meetings, administrative actions we have taken to improve our processes and a recommendation for solutions to issues relating to student rental development.

Recommendations: We do not recommend a development moratorium in the Northside and Pine Knolls neighborhoods for the purpose of adding regulations to the Northside and Pine Knolls Neighborhood Conservation Districts. Instead, we recommend working with neighborhood residents, Sustaining OurSelves Coalition representatives, Planning Board members, and Town staff to mutually design a plan that would comprehensively address student rental development in the Northside and Pine Knolls neighborhoods as well as other residential areas. 

If the Council is in favor of this approach, we would return in the fall of 2011, with a report about the community meetings, administrative actions we have taken to improve our processes and a recommendation for solutions to issues relating to student rental development. At that time, the Council could consider whether a moratorium would be needed to address the requests included in the Sustaining OurSelves petition.

Alternatively, if the Council is interested in beginning the process to enact a development moratorium in the Northside and Pine Knolls neighborhoods, we have attached a resolution that would call a public hearing for June 20, 2011, to consider a temporary moratorium.  Due to the break in the Council’s meeting schedule, the next opportunity for the Council to take action on the moratorium after the public hearing would be in September, 2011. During that time we could pursue discussions with the neighborhoods as described above.


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Staff Memorandum
Resolution
Background Information
Moratorium Information
Prototype Off-Campus Housing Newsletter