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Committee endorses scaled-down version of proposed Chapel Hill develop.m.ent

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

A 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.

Faced 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 July 17.

In 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.

They 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.

Despite 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 existing homes.

Before 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.

The 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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