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Tuesday October 19th

Carrboro Board of Aldermen discuss a proposed amendment to keep downtown buildings short

<p>Tina Moon, the Carrboro planning administrator, presented proposed changes to the Carrboro Land Use Ordinance at the Carrboro Board of Alderman meeting on Tuesday of 2016.&nbsp;</p>
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Tina Moon, the Carrboro planning administrator, presented proposed changes to the Carrboro Land Use Ordinance at the Carrboro Board of Alderman meeting on Tuesday of 2016. 

The Carrboro Board of Aldermen discussed a proposed amendment to the Land Use Ordinance at their meeting Tuesday.

Board of Aldermen members said they were concerned about the range of the proposed amendment, which would set standards for building heights and restrict construction of buildings more than two stories — or 28 feet — in the Carrboro commercial historic district and adjacent buildings. 

The affected area includes The Spotted Dog Restaurant and Bar and Acme Food & Beverage Company. 

Tina Moon, planning administrator for the town of Carrboro, presented the proposed changes to the ordinance at the meeting.

“Our effort is to keep things similar in height as to what they are,” Moon said.

She first presented the proposal to the board in January. On Tuesday, she offered substantial changes to the proposed amendment — but several members of the board were unsatisfied with the proposed changes.

Board of Aldermen Member Damon Seils said he was concerned about the expansion of the ordinance to include buildings adjacent to those in the historic district.

“I think that’s a much bigger change than what was contemplated by the board in January,” Seils said.

Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle said she was unsure which buildings the ordinance would affect.

“I’d like to know exactly what we’re talking about,” she said.

Lavelle said it would be helpful to see a street-view map of the commercial historic district and to clarify the language used in the amendment.

Board of Aldermen member Jacquelyn Gist said she wasn’t concerned about the range of the ordinance and didn’t think that residents would be either.

“I like this," Gist said. "I would like to see the integrity of downtown preserved and I think many members of the community would like to see that preserved.”

The board decided to wait to send the proposed amendment to a public hearing until some of the concerns they voiced are addressed.

Notable: The board also heard from Orange Water and Sewer Authority representatives, who discussed their diversity and inclusion plan.

Quotable: “This weekend coming up is one of the busiest of the year and one of the best, too,” Lavelle said about the Carrboro Music Festival on Saturday and Sunday.

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