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The Tar Heel Thursday, July 17. 19863
Land Mse plan approved mim
By SCOTT GREIG
The Chapel Hill Town Council
unanimously approved a new land
use plan at its Monday meeting. It
calls for fewer residential housing
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units per acre and will serve to update
the 1977 land-use plan.
Also adopted was a land-use plan
designed to outline joint planning
ventures within Orange County. That
plan must now go to the county
commissioners for their approval.
Future changes to any of Chapel
Hill's zoning ordinances will be dealt
with through this new land-use plan.
Chapel Hill Town Manager David
Taylor told the council that the
Planning Board had put much effort
into the compilation and thought
behind the plan.
"The plan is being submitted after
a long and laborious process," Taylor
said. "There are very sound reasons
for everything in the new plan."
Alter the plans were adopted with
very little discussion, Councilman
Jonathan B. Howes proclaimed the
council's action as a momentous step
in the town's planning process.
"I think the public realizes that we
tried to please everybody," Howes
said. WI think the only people who
were not accommodated were the
landfill people. They appreciate the
fact that the council will perform
serious study on the site before any
final decision is made."
Howes was referring to the 127
acre plot of land that is southeast of
the Eubanks Road landfill.
That tract of land was purchased
in 1984 as a future disposal site. It
was designated in' the plan as a
potential landfill, which drew oppo
sition from residents who live near
the site. About 270 people showed
up at the June 24 public hearing to
discuss the matter with the council.
The majority of the residential
development called for in the plan
is at a low or medium density level.
Low density is defined as one to four
homes per acre while medium density
would have four to eight homes per
Most vacant land discussed in the
plan is slated for low-density housing
with a proposed estimate of 4.1
people per acre. That figure is down
from the 1977 estimate of 7.5 people
The plan's objectives from the
beginning, according to council
members, have been to control
growth, minimize the effects of
traffic, provide affordable housing
where needed and preserve the
quality of existing neighborhoods.
The resolution finally came before
the council for its vote Monday after
a series of 1 7 public meetings, a public
hearing that saw 270 residents show
up and a closed work session at which
the council finalized the changes to
the land-use plan.
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