Status of Petitions to Council

Petitions submitted during the Town Council meetings are added to the list below, typically within five business days of the meeting date.

To contact the department responsible, click on the department name. Meeting materials are posted at Council Meetings, Agendas, Minutes and Videos.

Meeting Date Petitioner Petition Request Departments Responsible Petition Status
05/20/2020 Parks, Greenways, and Recreation Commission Request to Designate all 36.2 Acres of the American Legion Property for Use as a Community Park.
Town Manager
Ross Tompkins,
Assistant to the Town Manager
Phone: 919-968-2707
This request will be incorporated into the public engagement process for the future use of the site.
05/20/2020 Planning Commission Request Regarding Payments in Lieu for Pedestrian/Biking Improvements.
Planning & Development Services
Judy Johnson,
Interim Planning Director
Phone: 919-969-5078
Staff is preparing information to respond to this request.
05/20/2020 Elaine McVey Request to Amend the Land Use Management Ordinance Related to Deer Fencing.
Planning & Development Services
Judy Johnson,
Interim Planning Director
Phone: 919-969-5078
Staff is preparing information to respond to this request.
05/20/2020 Phil Post Regarding Christ Community Church Public Hearing Process.
Planning & Development Services
Judy Johnson,
Interim Planning Director
Phone: 919-969-5078
Staff is preparing information to respond to this request.
02/26/2020 Carlisle Willard Request Regarding Proposed Anti-Corruption Resolution.
Town Manager
Ross Tompkins,
Assistant to the Town Manager
Phone: 919-968-2707
Staff is preparing information to respond to this request.
02/26/2020 Lillian Pierce Request to Abandon Bicycle/Pedestrian Easement at 205 Huntington Way.
Parks & Recreation
Phillip Fleischmann,
Director Parks and Recreation
Phone: 919-968-2785
Planning & Development Services
Judy Johnson,
Interim Planning Director
Phone: 919-969-5078
Staff has reviewed this request and will follow up with options for taking action.
02/26/2020 Bayberry Drive Residents Request to Amend the Water and Sewer Management, Planning, and Boundary Agreement to Allow Water and Sewage Services to Their Lots.
Planning & Development Services
Judy Johnson,
Interim Planning Director
Phone: 919-969-5078
Staff is working with the other agencies on a WASMPBA amendment, which would need to be approved by the agencies' boards, including the Town Council.
02/19/2020 Steve Moore Request Regarding Cemetery Needs.
Parks & Recreation
Phillip Fleischmann,
Director Parks and Recreation
Phone: 919-968-2785
Communications & Public Affairs
Sabrina Oliver,
Communications & Public Affairs Director
Phone: 919-968-2757
Staff is in contact with the petitioner and is working to respond to the items raised in the petition.
02/19/2020 Mayor Hemminger Request Regarding Expanding Land Use to Include Experiential Retail.
Planning & Development Services
Judy Johnson,
Interim Planning Director
Phone: 919-969-5078
Council will consider calling a public hearing for a LUMO Text Amendment permitting this use in the Town Center Zoning Districts.
01/08/2020 Parks, Greenways, and Recreation Commission Request for Park Maintenance Funding.
Parks & Recreation
Phillip Fleischmann,
Director Parks and Recreation
Phone: 919-968-2785
This request will be considered as part of the Fiscal Year 2020-2021 budget development process.
01/08/2020 Beth Waldron Request Regarding Revising the Deer Management Program.
Parks & Recreation
Phillip Fleischmann,
Director Parks and Recreation
Phone: 919-968-2785
Police
Chris Blue,
Police Chief
Phone: 919-968-2766
Staff is preparing information to respond to this request.
01/08/2020 Renuka Soll Request for an Improved Petition Process.
Town Manager
Ross Tompkins,
Assistant to the Town Manager
Phone: 919-968-2707
Staff continues to look for ways to improve this process, including dedicating additional staff resources.
11/20/2019 John Morris Request Regarding Local & Regional Transit Planning.
Transit
Brian Litchfield,
Transit Director
Phone: 919-969-4908
Staff is preparing information to respond to this request.
10/02/2019 Daniel Dunn Request Regarding Government Transparency.
Technology Solutions
Scott Clark,
CIO
Phone: 919-968-2735
Communications & Public Affairs
Sabrina Oliver,
Communications & Public Affairs Director
Phone: 919-968-2757
Town staff continue to work on improving and expanding the open data portal. This is one of many data sets that are candidates for inclusion on the portal. This information remains available to the public via a public records request.
09/11/2019 East Franklin Neighborhood Steering Committee & Neighbors Request Regarding Neighborhood Preservation.
Police
Chris Blue,
Police Chief
Phone: 919-968-2766
Planning & Development Services
Judy Johnson,
Interim Planning Director
Phone: 919-969-5078
Staff is preparing information to respond to this request.
06/26/2019 Community Design Commission Request for Modifications to the Concept Plan Review Process.
Planning & Development Services
Judy Johnson,
Interim Planning Director
Phone: 919-969-5078
At their 10/04/19 meeting, the Council Comittee on Economic Sustainability received a staff update on the response to this request.
06/26/2019 Julie McClintock Request Regarding the Blue Hill Form Based Code.
Planning & Development Services
Judy Johnson,
Interim Planning Director
Phone: 919-969-5078
Staff is preparing information to respond to this request.
04/24/2019 Cobb Terrace Residents Petition Regarding Rooming Houses in the R-3 Zoning Districts.
Planning & Development Services
Judy Johnson,
Interim Planning Director
Phone: 919-969-5078
The Town cannot place a moratoria on a residential use, such as a rooming house. There have only been two inquiries since 2002 for rooming houses. The request will be considered as part of the Land Use Management Ordinance update.
04/24/2019 Board of Adjustment Request Regarding Neighborhood Conservation District Ordinances.
Planning & Development Services
Judy Johnson,
Interim Planning Director
Phone: 919-969-5078
Staff is preparing information to respond to this request.
04/17/2019 Amy Ryan for Planning Commission Commission Regarding Site Plan Review Process.
Planning & Development Services
Judy Johnson,
Interim Planning Director
Phone: 919-969-5078
Staff is preparing information to respond to this request.
03/20/2019 Cheri Hardman Request to Explore Local Control over Transit Planning and Funding.
Transit
Brian Litchfield,
Transit Director
Phone: 919-969-4908
The public comment period for the FY20 Work Plan closed 05/30/19. The Town also submitted a funding request for North South BRT project from the Orange County Transit Plan; all of the governing bodies (Orange County, GoTriangle, and DCHC MPO) approved it.
03/06/2019 Environtmental Stewardship Advisory Board Request to Modify the Blue Hill Form Based Code to Include a Requirement for Installing Roof-Mounted Solar Energy Systems
Planning & Development Services
Judy Johnson,
Interim Planning Director
Phone: 919-969-5078
Town Manager
Ross Tompkins,
Assistant to the Town Manager
Phone: 919-968-2707
As discussed at the 04/24/19 Council meeting, staff will develop options aimed at achieving the Council's energy efficiency goals for new development.
02/13/2019 Citizens Request Regarding Coal Use and Coal Ash.
Town Manager
Ross Tompkins,
Assistant to the Town Manager
Phone: 919-968-2707
The Town plans to fund interim remedial measures based on recommendations from the human health and ecological risk assessment performed at the coal ash site. The Town continues to monitor NC Division of Air Quality's review of the power plant permit.
02/13/2019 David Adams and Julie McClintock Regarding Evaluation of Town Transportation Needs.
Transit
Brian Litchfield,
Transit Director
Phone: 919-969-4908
Planning & Development Services
Judy Johnson,
Interim Planning Director
Phone: 919-969-5078
The Town's request for an additional $8 million from the Orange County Transit Plan for the North South Bus Rapid Transit Project was approved by the OC Board of Commissioners, the GoTriangle Board, and the DCHC MPO.
01/16/2019 John Morris Regarding GoTriangle Meetings and Materials.
Planning & Development Services
Judy Johnson,
Interim Planning Director
Phone: 919-969-5078
Transit
Brian Litchfield,
Transit Director
Phone: 919-969-4908
Staff is preparing information to share with GoTriangle.
12/05/2018 Paul Pritchard Request to Defer Reforestation at Cleland, Rogerson, and Oakwood Intersection.
Parks & Recreation
Phillip Fleischmann,
Director Parks and Recreation
Phone: 919-968-2785
This topic was added to the 01/15/19 agenda of the Parks, Greenways and Recreation Commission, with time allocated for the neigbors to speak. Another public meeting will be scheduled later in the year.
10/24/2018 Justice in Action Committee Request Regarding a New Location for the Teen Center of Chapel Hill.
Housing & Community
Loryn Clark,
Executive Director
Phone: 919-969-5076
Community Arts and Culture
A staff workgroup, in coordination with the Mayor's Office, has been gathering data and seeking input from teens, service providers, and other stakeholders. The Council received an update on this initiative at their 01/30/19 business meeting.
10/24/2018 Jeff Charles Regarding Extended Speaking Time for Individuals with Disabilities.
Mayor
Pam Hemminger,
Mayor
Phone: 919-968-2714
Town Manager
Ross Tompkins,
Assistant to the Town Manager
Phone: 919-968-2707
Staff met with the petitioner and will update the "Comment at Council Meetings" web page to clarify the Town's willingness to extend speaking time and how to request this extension.
10/10/2018 Jeff Charles Regarding Creating Citizen Advisory Board for Seniors.
Town Manager
Ross Tompkins,
Assistant to the Town Manager
Phone: 919-968-2707
The petitioner is representing the Town on Orange County board and will provide updates to the Town as needed.
09/19/2018 Julie McClintock of CHALT Regarding Land Use Intensification.
Planning & Development Services
Judy Johnson,
Interim Planning Director
Phone: 919-969-5078
Public Works
Lance Norris,
Public Works Director
Phone: 919-969-5100
The Town's Resiliency Map is part of the map series for the Future Land Use Map. On 06/12/19, the Council received a presentation on the Town's Stormwater program. Staff is preparing information to respond to the additional requests in this petition.
06/27/2018 Susanne Kjemtrup / Brian Hageman Transportation and Connectivity Advisory Board Request for an Electric Vehicle Provision in the Land Use Management Ordinance.
Planning & Development Services
Judy Johnson,
Interim Planning Director
Phone: 919-969-5078
Referred to the Future Land Use Map and Land Use Management Ordinance rewrite process, which began in Fall 2017 and is expected to be completed in 2020.
06/13/2018 Mayor pro tem Jessica Anderson Request to Amend Bus Advertising Policy.
Transit
Brian Litchfield,
Transit Director
Phone: 919-969-4908
At their 01/22/19 meeting, the Chapel Hill Transit Public Transit Committee considered the draft nonpublic forum transit advertising policy in order to provide feedback to the Chapel Hill Town Council on the option of amending the policy.
06/13/2018 Ondrea Austin CHALT's Request to Revise the Tree Ordinance.
Planning & Development Services
Judy Johnson,
Interim Planning Director
Phone: 919-969-5078
Staff is preparing information to respond to this request.
06/13/2018 Mayor Pam Hemminger Regarding Reviewing Policies, Procedures, and Practices for Development.
Planning & Development Services
Judy Johnson,
Interim Planning Director
Phone: 919-969-5078
A Town web page with TIA exemption requests is available. Staff continues to look for ways to apply the LUMO clearly and consistently for all stakeholders in the development process.
03/14/2018 Council Members Anderson, Gu, and Schaevitz Request Regarding Addressing Blue Hill District Community Interests.
Planning & Development Services
Judy Johnson,
Interim Planning Director
Phone: 919-969-5078
Council enacted ordinance amendments to improve outcomes for stormwater management and affordable housing, to encourage non-residential development, and to address building size. Council will consider amendments to address building massing on 02/19/2020.
09/06/2017 Tom Henkel from the Environmental Stewardship Advisory Board Request for Modification to the Ephesus-Fordham Form-Based Code for the Purposes of Energy Efficiency.
Planning & Development Services
Judy Johnson,
Interim Planning Director
Phone: 919-969-5078
Where feasible, modifications will be considered as part of the development process for the Blue Hill Design Guidelines.
01/23/2017 Transportation and Connectivity Advisory Board Request to Support Low/No Vision Guidelines to be Included in the Town’s Engineering Manual as Stated in the April 11, 2016 Petition to Council
Public Works
Lance Norris,
Public Works Director
Phone: 919-969-5100
Planning & Development Services
Judy Johnson,
Interim Planning Director
Phone: 919-969-5078
Request incorporated into process to update Public Works Engineering Design Manual.
11/07/2016 Mayor Hemminger Regarding Parking and Transit Needs in Downtown Area.
Planning & Development Services
Judy Johnson,
Interim Planning Director
Phone: 919-969-5078
Police
Chris Blue,
Police Chief
Phone: 919-968-2766
Public Works
Lance Norris,
Public Works Director
Phone: 919-969-5100
Recent actions include replacing parking pay stations, implementing Downtown Ambassadors program, and including additional parking with required Wallace Parking Deck repairs. Next steps include parking payments-in-lieu and public/private partnerships.
05/09/2016 Stormwater Management Utility Advisory Board Request for Orange County Commissioners to Increase Staffing in Soil and Erosion Control Division and Improve Efficiency of Temporary Soil Erosion and Sediment Controls During Construction.
Public Works
Lance Norris,
Public Works Director
Phone: 919-969-5100
Petition forwarded to Orange County. Consider changes to soil erosion and sediment control as part of Public Works Engineering Design Manual updates.
04/11/2016 Transportation and Connectivity Advisory Board Request to Incorporate Proposed No-Vision and Low-Vision Pedestrian Facilities Guidelines into Design Manual and Development Code as Required
Public Works
Lance Norris,
Public Works Director
Phone: 919-969-5100
Request incorporated into process to update Public Works Engineering Design Manual.
04/11/2016 Transportation and Connectivity Advisory Board Request for Senior Citizen Pedestrian Mobility and Complete Street Implementation
Public Works
Lance Norris,
Public Works Director
Phone: 919-969-5100
Request incorporated into process to update Public Works Engineering Design Manual.