Flyers reading "Major Development Going Up Near You" — which have been passed out by some community members and posted in different areas in Chapel Hill — list concerns with the proposed Chapel Hill Crossing development, and ask citizens to email the Town Council to urge them to not approve the project.
According to the flyers, they were distributed by "concerned neighbors from Clark Lake, Stratford Glen and Colony Woods."
The proposed development will be a residential community with a north and south side, and multi-family housing options like cottages, apartments, row houses and townhomes.
“The goal of the project is actually to create a mixture of housing types and housing options that you typically don't see on a development of this size,” Ernest Brown, a developer on the Chapel Hill Crossing project, said.
The south side of the project requires conditional zoning amendments which will allow for the construction of a diverse group of housing — not just single-family homes.
“We need more walkability, we need more density in order to achieve affordability in Chapel Hill,” Michael Beauregard, a graduate student at UNC, said at Chapel Hill Town Council’s public hearing on the LUMO text amendment on May 24.
According to the Town of Chapel Hill website, missing middle is necessary because it provides a range of housing options for residents that the current housing stock is not providing.
The multifamily housing proposed in the Chapel Hill Crossing development would be considered missing middle housing.
Charles Berlin is the point of contact listed on the fliers and is a coordinator for the Chapel Hill Alliance for a Livable Town, according to the organization's website. Berlin said via email that while the north side of the development falls within the Future Land Use Map focus areas for denser development, the south side does not.