A public hearing was opened at Wednesday's Chapel Hill Town Council meeting for the movement to establish new zoning districts in the Historic Rogers Road neighborhood.
Corey Liles, principal planner for Town Building and Development Services, and Caroline Dwyer, a project manager for Renaissance Planning, opened the discussion by giving a presentation to the Town Council about the current state of the proposal.
The zoning initiative can be traced back to a community report produced in May 2016 by the Roger-Eubanks Neighborhood Association, The Jackson Center (a community development organization), freelance cartographer Tim Stallmann and the Community Unity Board.
The 44-page report contains four key goals for the future of the neighborhood: retaining families who have lived there for decades and generations, connecting residents with each other and the larger community, preserving socioeconomic and cultural diversity and respecting the physical and natural character of the neighborhood.
More specifically, as Liles and Dwyer stated during the town council meeting, the initiative contains plans to introduce ordinances for a maximum home size, prohibit commercial and retail areas from joining the neighborhood and support a wider range of home-based businesses.