Around half of Carrboro’s residents use the ZIP code 27510 in their address, but the other half, including some residents close to downtown Carrboro, use Chapel Hill’s 27516 ZIP code, said Julie Eckenrode, assistant to the town manager and a spokeswoman for the town.
“Those boundaries were set quite a long time ago,” she said. “Some areas are even close to town hall and have a Chapel Hill ZIP code.”
Eckenrode said electronic surveys will be distributed to residents in the contested area on Tuesday in order to gauge their interest in changing the ZIP code.
Most of the properties that fall into this category are residential, said Alderman Damon Seils.
Alderwoman Bethany Chaney said some residents want to get their ZIP code changed as a matter of identity.
“Some in the core of downtown feel like there is a confusion when identifying with Carrboro but have a Chapel Hill address,” Chaney said.
Eckenrode said the Carrboro Board of Aldermen will discuss the survey’s results in May or June.
The survey will allow the board to determine whether to call in the United States Postal Service to start the process of changing the ZIP code.