Only six residents made the trip to the Chapel Hill Town Hall. But town officials say the small crowd still managed to raise important questions.
"The topics (Thursday night) were a repeat of Monday's issues at the (Chapel Hill Town) Council meeting," said Planning Director Roger Waldon. "My sense is more and more people are watching the meetings on television."
Chapel Hill officials are in the process of gathering information from residents as they work to craft a final draft of the town's new development ordinance.
At the hearing Thursday, members of the Chapel Hill planning staff presented articles relating to zoning, procedures and design standards.
Resident Suzanne Haff, who is also a member of the town's planning staff, asked about the possibility of making the lighting in the Weaver Street Market parking lot less bright.
Waldon responded by saying that the ordinance does not address lighting but that the question now will be considered for the third draft of the ordinance.
"Right now the development ordinance has very little to say about lighting," he said.
The town's development ordinance is being rewritten in conjunction with the town's Comprehensive Plan -- a detailed account of the council's vision for the town's future.
The new ordinance likely will account for issues like stormwater management and affordable housing that were left unresolved in the existing ordinance, which was written in 1981.