Agenda #11


to: Mayor and Town Council

from: W. Calvin Horton, Town Manager

subject: Recommended Charge for an Inclusionary Zoning Task Force

date: September 12, 2005


The purpose of this report is to recommend a charge for an Inclusionary Zoning Task Force.

The attached resolution would adopt a charge for an Inclusionary Zoning Task Force.


On April 27, 2005, the Council held a work session on the Comprehensive Plan Affordable Housing Strategies.  At that time, the Council decided to initiate a process to consider drafting an inclusionary zoning ordinance, and established a Council Committee to draft a proposal.  The Council also decided to appoint a citizen's committee to review the draft.

Based on the Council Committee's recommendations, on June 27, 2005, the Council adopted a resolution to create a Task Force to work on the development of an Inclusionary Zoning Ordinance for the Town.  The resolution authorized the Manager to seek applicants for appointment to the Task Force by the Town Council (Please see Attachment 1). 

Also on June 27, we presented a report to the Council regarding a proposed work plan for affordable housing initiatives (See Attachment 2).  One element of the work plan was to develop an inclusionary zoning ordinance for Chapel Hill.  The Council adopted a resolution that included a schedule for preparing an inclusionary zoning ordinance. 


On June 27, 2005, we recommended to the Council a list of steps to be undertaken to develop an inclusionary zoning ordinance (See Attachment 2).  We suggested:

  1. Document the need for affordable housing;
  2. Draft ordinance;
  3. Conduct a review by an Inclusionary Zoning Task Force; and
  4. Hold a public hearing.

We also reported that there was an opportunity to document the need for affordable housing in Chapel Hill and Orange County.  A study of the Orange County housing market is currently underway as part of our participation in the Orange County HOME Consortium.  A consultant is expected to complete the study by the end of September.  We would provide the Task Force with copies of this report when available.  Please see Attachment 3 for a summary of the elements of the Comprehensive Housing Strategy. 

In its June 27 report, the Council Committee suggested that a Task Force consist of approximately 15-18 persons and include without limitation, persons with the following professional experience and interest:

The Committee further suggested that the Task Force may wish to seek a liaison from Carrboro and Orange County. 

The Council Committee also suggested the following charge:

To date, the Council has received two applications for this Task Force.


That the Council adopt the attached resolution establishing a charge for an Inclusionary Zoning Task Force as recommended by the Council Committee.


  1. June 27, 2005 Memorandum from the Council Committee on Inclusionary Zoning (p. 4).
  2. June 27, 2005 Memorandum from the Town Manager – Report on Proposed Work Plan for Affordable Housing Initiatives (p. 26).
  3. Summary of the Comprehensive Housing Strategya> (p. 61).


WHEREAS, the Town's Comprehensive Plan has a goal to increase the availability of well-designed, affordable, safe, and sanitary housing for all citizens of Chapel Hill; and

WHEREAS, the Comprehensive Plan includes a policy of encouraging developers of residential developments of five or more units to provide 15% of their units at prices affordable to low and moderate income households; and

WHEREAS, the Comprehensive Plan includes a strategy to continue to seek inclusionary zoning;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Council of the Town of Chapel Hill that the Council establishes an Inclusionary Zoning Task Force;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the charge of the Task Force will be:

This the 12th day of September, 2005.