Town fathers endorse local development

Friday, December 19, 2008

CHAPEL HILL -- Endorsements for new developments were voiced on Monday when members of the Board of Mayor and Aldermen gathered at the town's Fire Hall.

Joseph Daughrity and David Robinson plan to develop 41 acres along Crutcher Road just west of the CSX Railroad tracks and part of their plan is to economize on space with a village development concept.

"They're looking for set backs to be reduced," Town Administrator Mike Hatten said of the D&R Developments plan that requires the land to be rezoned from an R-1 to an R-2 classification.

Rezoning the land that way will allow shorter distances between homes. It's part of a design concept permitted for other developers who explained that subdivisions with shorter distances between homes make for closer neighborhoods as well as shorter pipes and other utilities that serve one home after another.

Chapel Hill's Planning Commission on Dec. 1 unanimously voted to recommend the rezoning to the Board of Mayor and Aldermen who were scheduled to meet on Dec. 8. Without a quorum, Mayor Carl Cooper announced that he was recessing the meeting so it might reconvene on Dec. 15.

On that Monday this week, town officials gathered and proceeded with business.

Rezoning takes more than one vote by the town board, so the D&R request remains incomplete.

Also Monday, real estate magnet David Jent sought rezoning of property behind his office on Horton Highway.

Cooper and the aldermen unanimous indicated that Jent's plan should proceed. Jent declined to describe his plans when a public comment was requested on Dec. 8. There was no public comment during that gathering in the Fire Hall.

In other discussion Monday night in the Fire Hall, the mayor and aldermen received the annual audit of the town's finances and were advised that the audit was quick and encountered no problems.

"I'm very impressed with your management group," Mayor Cooper told Hatten.

When he's sought information at Town Hall, it's been found and provided in a timely fashion, the mayor said, expression appreciation for the town's staff and management.