The Chapel Hill Alliance for a Livable Town, also known as CHALT, met at the Chapel Hill Public Library to hold the “What Makes Chapel Hill a Livable Town?” forum. The program was open to the entire community.
The recently-formed organization is calling for a halt in the growing developments that they believe are threatening the benefits of the whole community. Instead, the group called for developments that preserve the town’s natural beauty.
While voicing concerns about the large-scale developments that are occurring in Chapel Hill, some CHALT members feel that developments can be created to retain the college town character, instead of becoming a development filled with impersonal high rises.
“I think that having student housing near the university is a good thing because there’s a lot of students that can’t live in town because there is not enough housing for them,” Brian Wittmayer, a CHALT member and part of the town’s planning commission, said. “I think we can do it in a much better way that is more sympathetic to the surrounding community that would actually create a much more vibrant and inclusive environment for the students as well.”