6:30 a.m., June 26)
endorses scaled-down version of proposed Chapel Hill develop.m.ent
By Fred Sherwin
proposal to build 71 stacked townhomes in Chapel Hill
remains in limbo after the city's planning committee narrowly
approved a scaled-down version of the project, leaving
its ultimate fate up to city council.
with a petition signed by more than 350 local residents
opposed to the stacked home develop.m.ent, the committee
voted 5-4 to limit the proposal to around 50 units. The
narrow vote with committee chair Peter Hume siding with
the developer Domicile Develop.m.ents, means it could still
go either way when full council makes it's decision on
effort to try and win over committee support, Domicile
designed the develop.m.ent proposed for the corner of Orléans
Blvd and Meadowglen Dr. to be as unobtrusive as possible.
produced drawings showing the stacked units would be no
higher than the surrounding two-storey single family homes.
They also placed the parking area inside the complex rather
than along the edge, and they set the units back further
from the neighbouring homes further than what is necessary
under the city's zoning regulations.
the developer's apparent sensitivity to the surrounding
community, the committee voted to reduce the scope of
the project by allowing only single family homes on the
corner of the Domicile property that is nearest to the
the vote was taken, Domicile lawyer Alan Cohen warned
committee members that reducing the scope of the develop.m.ent
would make it much less viable from the developer's perspective.
They now have three weeks to convince a majority of city
councillors to reject the committee's recommendation and
approve the develop.m.ent as it was originally presented.
controversial project is another example of the fine line
the city is trying to walk in wanting to intensify develop.m.ent
within existing communities without raising the ire of
the existing residents.
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