The Town of Chapel Hill held a series of events last week to share updated plans for the Complete Community initiative.
The initiative, which the Town first created in 2021, aims to build a framework for future residential development in Chapel Hill.
Town representatives visited the Hargraves Community Center, the Sheraton Chapel HillHotel, the Chapel Hill Farmers' Market and Epilogue Books Chocolate Brews to give community members an opportunity to learn about and share feedback on the project.
Chapel Hill Town Council member Jessica Anderson said she defines a complete community as an area with diverse housing types and easy access to shopping and employment opportunities without needing a car.
“It's some place where your neighborhood is a complete place where you're near parks and nature,” Anderson said.
Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger said the project began with a joint study between the Town and UNC.
Hemminger said the study’s original purpose was to assess student housing needs, but it became apparent that there was no shortage of student housing.
“We have plenty of capacity for that right now, but we're really lacking in certain areas,” Hemminger said.
She said there is a shortage of “middle housing," including townhomes, condos and other places where young professionals, academics and families could live.