The form-based code was implemented in June and is meant to stimulate development in the Ephesus-Fordham area of the town, which includes Village Plaza.
The major concerns about the proposed development, which would be the first under the new code, are the lack of affordable housing, the height and design of the building not fitting in with the rest of the town and environmental issues regarding the building.
Brian Wittmayer, member of the Town of Chapel Hill Planning Commission, said in an email that the new form-based code has no provisions for affordable housing, unlike the Inclusionary Housing Ordinance, which was followed in almost all recent developments.
This ordinance requires 10 to 15 percent of housing units to be affordable housing, he said.
Chapel Hill Town Council member Matt Czajkowski, who voted against the form-based code, said members who voted for it knew that there was no affordable housing requirement attached.
Czajkowski said so much time is used discussing the affordable housing issue and millions of dollars are being spent on it, so the code should address affordable housing.
“It is absolutely no surprise that there is no affordable housing,” Czajkowski said.