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1. Stop, Look, and Listen: Petition to Durham County Commissioners

Whereas Triangle Transportation Authority (GoTriangle) has asked Durham County Commissioners to commit to spending an additional $135 million dollars on top of existing commitments over the next 10 years for the Light Rail project, and in addition has given the Commissioners only two weeks to make this decision;

Whereas Triangle Transportation Authority (GoTriangle) has known since last summer that the state of North Carolina could not come up with the needed matching funds in order to move ahead with a light rail line between Duke and UNC;

Whereas Triangle Transportation Authority (GoTriangle) has also petitioned the local funding agency (MPO) for an additional $20 million which would endanger local projects;

Whereas elected officials need time to assess future needs for our own County schools, social services, affordable housing and local transit needs before making such a large unexpected commitment of funds;

Whereas all Durham County citizens are entitled to understand the implications of County decisions for future tax increases;

And whereas if the Durham County Commissioners sign a commitment (the letter of intent) now, they will give up their ability to renegotiate the funding agreement with Orange County and GoTriangle:

2. Stop Durham-Orange Light Rail Train

With the final recommendations being unveiled by GoTriangle, many in the community are now actively seeking to stop this project.

Upon deeper investigation, many of the GoTriangle planning assumptions are either highly questionable or so erroneous that making an informed decision on the options is impossible.

We urge local, county, state and Federal decision-makers to require an independent review by external parties that have no role in the development of the PLAN and do not stand to benefit from decisions regarding the PLAN.

3. Encourage transparent, data-driven process for Obey Creek

On September 19, 2012 Town Council held a Concept Plan hearing to discuss proposed development at the Obey Creek site in southern Chapel Hill.

During that meeting, 23 individuals raised questions about important community concerns including: traffic, schools, the environment, quality of life and property values.

At the end of the meeting, Mayor Kleinschmidt requested that town staff present a proposal for a Development Agreement at the November 5, 2012 Town Council meeting.

Given that a vision for development at this site has not been established a decision to initiate a Development Agreement at this site is inappropriate.

Citizens are asking town council to move forward using a transparent, data-driven approach to evaluate costs, benefits and impacts of development at this site as well as it’s adherence to the newly adopted Comprehensive Plan.

Additionally, we are asking that changes to Chapel Hill's development application/review process be made through an objective, evaluative process that is not tied to a specific development proposal.

4. Support a Community-driven Planning Process for Chapel Hill

As residents of the Central MLK-Estes Focus Area, we have made a long-term investment not only in our own homes but also in our communities and in the future of Chapel Hill.

The planned development of Carolina North provides us with a valuable opportunity to develop a design for our focus area that meets the high standards that the University and the town have established for this new gateway to Chapel Hill, and to further enhance Chapel Hill's reputation for high quality of life.

From this perspective, we wish to offer our strong support for the following principles:

5. Beat The Retreat

Landmark Properties of Athens, GA seeks approval from Chapel Hill Town Council to build The Retreat -- a large-scale student housing complex on Homestead Road on the South side of Homestead between Weaver Dairy Extension and the railroad tracks. The Retreat calls for 799 college students.

Chapel Hill Town Council rejected a very similar development, The Cottages, in November 2010. Many reasons were cited, but chief among them was the burden 800+ cars would add to an already congested Homestead Road. The Retreat calls for just 49 fewer parking spaces than The Cottages, or 849 total. It calls for 799 students vs. The Cottages 855. Town Council's rationale for rejecting The Cottages applies equally to The Retreat.

The Cottages required a zoning change, while Landmark seeks approval under the current R-2 zoning. How can this be if the plans are so similar? A few reasons: 1) Landmark added 5 acres to the development, and reduced the number of dwelling units (DUs) by 8. Together, this enables them to meet the R-2 requirement of 4.6 DUs per acre. However, R-2 governs more than just units per acre. It also governs the type of residences allowed on the land. Specifically, R-2 requires the DUs be "single-family or duplex residential". 4-6 unrelated college students living in a house or townhouse, each renting their room separately, is not R-2 single family residential.

We support development of this land that conforms to R-2. We invested in our homes and neighborhoods with the understanding that this land would be developed single family residential. Allowing Landmark to build The Retreat would betray the trust neighboring homeowners have placed in our town government.

6. Save a Natural Heritage Area: Deny Aydan Court Rezoning

A developer is proposing 90 condominiums on Highway 54 east of Meadowmont in a state-designated Significant Natural Heritage Area and adjacent to the Upper Little Creek Wildlife Impoundment.

7. Save Bolin Creek

The Town of Carrboro Board of Aldermen is considering revisiting a proposal to construct a ten-foot wide, concrete transportation route from Estes Drive to Homestead Road along Bolin Creek.

The most likely source of funding for this project will be monies administered by the N.C Department of Transportation. which mandates a ten-foot wide concrete surface with extensive grading requiring a 30 foot swath of clearing in the easement.

If trees and vegetative buffers along the creek are removed, and replaced by impervious concrete, birds, owls and salamanders and other wildlife can no longer inhabit the area. Pavement would destroy this fragile ecosystem and alter the natural experience for all.

Please sign below if you agree with us that we should preserve, not pave, the Bolin Creek valley.

8. Transparency and fiscal responsibility in our local government: Chapel Hill Town Elections

Please sign the petition below by Wednesday at 5pm October 21, 2009 for your name to be included in a pre-election announcement ad to run in the Sunday edition of The Chapel Hill News.