Brian Litchfield

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Duke Energy Spokesperson Megan Musgrave Chapel Hill Transit Director Brian Litchfield Orange County Public Affairs Director Carla Banks Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens Carrboro Police Chief Walter Horton...

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As Chapel Hill Grows— Affordable Housing Disappears

CHAPEL HILL – Chapel Hill is growing at a fast-rate and the need for sustainable development is vital for the future of the Town. But as we grow, affordable housing is vanishing. In 1990, the population was 94,000. As of last year, it had grown to 138,000. Fred Black is a Chapel Hill resident who served in the military for 26 years and is very active in the community. “One of the things that strikes me is that when we talk about growth, in a major way we are talking about coping with change. And change of course can be very difficult to deal with, particularly on elected bodies but even with citizens can sometimes have a hard time getting their hands around change,” Black said. Black moderated a panel at WCHL’s community Forum that focused on growth and how it should affect the Town’s planning process. George Cianciolo is a Duke University associate professor of pathology and former chair of the Chapel Hill Planning Board. He’s now the co-chair Chapel Hill 2020. Cianciolo said builders participate in the high end market—as opposed to affordable housing—because the cost of getting into the market is already so high. He says it isn’t worth their risk of investing in affordable housing when they know they’ll get the returns from high-end housing. “I think what we did wrong was we did not keep our...

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CHTC Puts Park And Ride Fee Plan On Hold

CHAPEL HILL- Although no vote was taken on Monday, the Chapel Hill Town Council made it clear: pay-to-park is coming to the park and ride lots. “I certainly have come to the conclusion that we need to implement this, said council member Jim Ward. “It is not something I would choose to do otherwise, but we need to keep the playing field level for all the park and ride lots.” As UNC switches to a fee system for its park and ride lots starting this August, Chapel Hill Transit officials say the town needs to follow suit to make sure town-owned lots on Eubanks Road and in Southern Village are not overcrowded. “If they’re charging a fee and we’re not, most folks are fairly price sensitive and will likely go to the place where there’s not a fee,” said Chapel Hill Transit Interim Director Brian Litchfield. “We already have capacity issues at some of our park and rides that wouldn’t necessarily be able to handle additional folks just coming to them and using them.” Under the fee proposal, UNC employees will be granted access to both town and university lots. In return, UNC will pay the town about $150,000 annually. The town will sell permits to non-university commuters for prices ranging from $2 per day to $250 each year. But council members weren’t sure how the changes would affect non-university employees, specifically the...

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