AGENDA #11a

 

MEMORANDUM

 

TO:††††††††††††††††† Mayor and Town Council

 

FROM:††††††††††† Council Committee on Inclusionary Zoning:

††††††††††††††††††††††† Sally Greene

††††††††††††††††††††††† Cam Hill

††††††††††††††††††††††† Mark Kleinschmidt

††††††††††††††††††††††† Bill Strom

 

SUBJECT:†††††† Inclusionary Zoning Task Force

 

DATE:†††††††††††† June 27, 2005

 

The attached resolution would create a Task Force to work on the development of an Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance for the Town and authorize the Town Manager to seek applicants for appointment to the Task Force by the Town Council when the Council resumes its regular meeting schedule in September.

 

BACKGROUND

 

On April 27, 2005, the Town Council conducted a work session on affordable housing.† The work session included a discussion of recent research related to inclusionary zoning ordinances.† There was general consensus expressed to pursue the development and enactment of an inclusionary zoning ordinance.† Four members of the Council volunteered to serve on a Council subcommittee to discuss further the process for developing such an ordinance.† A copy of the summary minutes of that work session is attached.

 

On June 1, 2005, the subcommittee met.† A copy of the quick report from that meeting is attached.†

 

DISCUSSION

 

Based on our discussion and consideration of the materials distributed at the April 27, 2005, work session, the subcommittee believes that it would be appropriate for the Council to seek nominations for appointment to a Task Force to develop an inclusionary zoning ordinance.† We believe that the Task Force should be made up of approximately 15-18 persons and include, without limitation, persons with the following professional experience and interest:†

 

            Residential Land Development

            Affordable Housing Development (3)

            Banking (Development Financing)

            Residential Real Estate

            Home Mortgage Finance

            Home Building/Contracting

            Chamber of Commerce

            Economist/Urban Planning (academic background)

            Council (2)

            UNC Housing Staff

            Neighborhood Representatives (2)

            Persons needing workforce housing (2)

 

We recommend that the Council, at the time it makes the appointments this fall, establish a formal charge for the Task Force.† We would anticipate that, in general, the charge would be:

 

-†††† to evaluate the data and reports collected by staff pertaining to the local housing market and need for additional affordable housing;

-†††† to determine the need and justification for an inclusionary zoning ordinance;

-†††† to evaluate ordinances that have been enacted or proposed in other communities; and,

-†††† to make a recommendation on the content of an inclusionary zoning program and ordinance for Chapel Hill.†

 

The Task Force may wish to seek a liaison from Carrboro and from Orange County.

 

Attached to the accompanying Staff Report is a comparison of four inclusionary zoning ordinances:†

 

         Fairfax County, VA;

         Montgomery County, MD;

         Davidson, NC; and,

         Chapel Hill, NC (proposed in an early draft of the Land Use Management Ordinance, but not enacted).†

 

Listed on the chart included with this agenda item are some of the key issues for such an ordinance and a brief statement regarding how each of these four ordinances has dealt with those issues, if at all.†

 

We recommend that Council members consider these issues and be prepared to establish a charge for the Task Force this fall when appointments are made.†

 

RECOMMENDATION

 

That the Council adopt the attached resolution establishing a task force to develop an inclusionary zoning ordinance and seeking applicants for appointment by the Council this fall.

 

ATTACHMENTS

 

  1. Report on Committee on Inclusionary Zoning (p. 4).
  2. Draft Summary Minutes of a Work Session April 27, 2005 (p. 5).
  3. Chart (p. 22).

A RESOLUTION ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE ON INCLUSIONARY ZONING AND SEEKING APPLICATIONS FOR TASK FORCE APPOINTMENTS (2005-06-27-05/R-24)

 

WHEREAS, the Town Council conducted a work session on affordable housing and inclusionary zoning on April 27, 2005; and

 

WHEREAS, the Council had an opportunity as part of that work session to consider research and reports related to the preparation and enactment of inclusionary zoning ordinances; and

 

WHEREAS, the Council believes, based on its review of those materials and its present understanding of the housing market in the Chapel Hill area, the enactment of an inclusionary zoning ordinance for the Town should be considered further;

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the Town of Chapel Hill that the Council hereby establishes a Task Force on Inclusionary Zoning, to be made up of 15-18 members, with appointments to be made by the Town Council beginning with the Councilís first business meeting in September, 2005;

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Council directs the Town Manager to advertise and seek applications for appointment to the Task Force and directs that the advertising indicate the Councilís intent to appoint Task Force members with interests in matters related to affordable housing development, including, but not limited to persons with backgrounds in the following areas:

 

Residential Land Development

††††††††††† Affordable Housing Development (3)

††††††††††† Banking (Development Financing)

††††††††††† Residential Real Estate

††††††††††† Home Mortgage Finance

††††††††††† Home Building/Contracting

††††††††††† Chamber of Commerce

††††††††††† Economist/Urban Planning (academic background)

††††††††††† Council (2)

††††††††††† UNC Housing Staff

††††††††††† Neighborhood Representatives (2)

††††††††††† Persons needing workforce housing (2)

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Council will at the time of appointment, establish a formal charge for the Task Force, which will likely include the issues identified in the memoranda and other materials considered by the Council at its June 27 business meeting and at the April 27 work session on inclusionary zoning.

 

This the 27th day of June, 2005.