Platform

Land use and transportation planning

  • Climate change is the most pressing issue of our time, and reducing emissions from transportation is the number one way local governments can make a meaningful difference. To effect real change, we must couple walkable, urban development with strategies that allow people to get out of their cars.
  • Continue the compact growth strategy Chapel Hill established in the 1980's with the rural buffer, encouraging vibrant development in our town while preserving our trees and green space.
  • Develop local and regional public transportation options, as well as bike and pedestrian connectivity.
  • Expand and enhance our existing bus service.
  • Emphasize strategic growth strategies, and transit oriented development.
  • Integrate new development with existing neighborhoods.

Access to housing

  • Focus on the relationship between housing, climate change and equity. People who cannot afford to live in our community will still work here, and the impact from traffic and vehicle pollution affects all of us, as well as the burden of disease in our community.
  • Utilize housing bond funds and town-owned land to develop affordable housing.
  • Work with community partners and local governments to increase the supply of affordable housing, access to home ownership and rentals.
  • Diversify our housing stock to meet the needs of people of all ages and incomes.

Economic development

  • Make Chapel Hill an attractive option to draw new employers, and entrepreneurs.
  • Support our local business owners.
  • Expand and diversify our tax base, using increased revenues to fund public schools and other local amenities.
  • Work with the Downtown Partnership and UNC to create a vibrant downtown and cultural arts community.
  • Make Chapel Hill a place where people can live, work, shop and play.