For residents of a Chapel Hill neighborhood, a decade-long struggle over residential development met overwhelming support at tonight’s meeting of the Chapel Hill Town Council.
The council showed interest in pursuing a moratorium that could potentially slow the effects of the development of student housing in the Northside and Pine Knolls neighborhoods.
A moratorium would temporarily freeze building permits in the historically black and low-income neighborhoods and possibly slow the residential development that many believe is pushing families and older residents out of their homes in favor of student housing.
Michelle Laws, a Northside resident and president of Chapel Hill-Carrboro National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, advocated for the moratorium at the meeting.
Laws said many of the older Northside residents cannot afford to hire lawyers or developers to work around the regulations like many of the developers of the student housing can, leaving them at a disadvantage.