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
09/11/2019 Grubb Properties Request Regarding 137 E. Franklin Street & 136 E. Rosemary Street Limited Scope SUP.
Planning & Development Services
Ben Hitchings,
Director
Phone: 919-968-2731
The Council will consider this request when they review the Concept Plan for this project, currently scheduled for the 10/02/19 Council meeting.
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
Ben Hitchings,
Director
Phone: 919-968-2731
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
Ben Hitchings,
Director
Phone: 919-968-2731
Staff is preparing information to respond to this request.
06/26/2019 Orange-Chatham Group of the Sierra Club Request for a “Ready for 100 Resolution.”
Town Manager
Ross Tompkins,
Assistant to the Town Manager
Phone: 919-968-2707
Staff is scheduled to provide a response to recent climate petitions at the 09/25/19 Council meeting.
06/26/2019 Julie McClintock Request Regarding the Blue Hill Form Based Code.
Planning & Development Services
Ben Hitchings,
Director
Phone: 919-968-2731
Staff is preparing information to respond to this request.
06/26/2019 Community Design Commission Request to Authorize the CDC to Create and Facilitate a Chapel Hill Design Award Program.
Planning & Development Services
Ben Hitchings,
Director
Phone: 919-968-2731
Staff is preparing information to respond to this request.
06/26/2019 Burwell Ware Request to Place a Moratorium on the Construction of New Fast-Food Drive-Throughs Until Future Town Councils Decide to Repeal the Moratorium.
Planning & Development Services
Ben Hitchings,
Director
Phone: 919-968-2731
Staff is preparing information to respond to this request.
06/12/2019 Aaron Nelson Request Regarding Short Term Rentals.
Planning & Development Services
Ben Hitchings,
Director
Phone: 919-968-2731
At their 09/11/19 meeting, the Council endorsed a public engagement process and resolved to appoint a task force that will develop a set of recommendations for Short Term Rental regulations.
05/22/2019 Joe Patterson Request Modifications to the Town’s Noise Control Code.
Police
Chris Blue,
Police Chief
Phone: 919-968-2766
Town Attorney
Ralph Karpinos,
Attorney
Phone: 919-968-2746
Staff determined existing regulations, including SUP stipulations, already provide the legal mechanism for holding the property owners accountable for violations. This approach may be available in other cases, as well.
05/08/2019 Rebecca Cerese Regarding Resolution in Support of HR1384.
Town Manager
Ross Tompkins,
Assistant to the Town Manager
Phone: 919-968-2707
Mayor
Pam Hemminger,
Mayor
Phone: 919-968-2714
Staff is preparing information to respond to this request.
04/24/2019 Board of Adjustment Request Regarding Neighborhood Conservation District Ordinances.
Planning & Development Services
Ben Hitchings,
Director
Phone: 919-968-2731
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
Ben Hitchings,
Director
Phone: 919-968-2731
Staff shared some preliminary information with the Council at the 06/07/19 Council Committee on Economic Sustainability meeting.
04/17/2019 Amy Ryan for Planning Commission Commission Regarding Site Plan Review Process.
Planning & Development Services
Ben Hitchings,
Director
Phone: 919-968-2731
Staff is preparing information to respond to this request.
04/10/2019 Climate Reality Group Request for Council Support of a Resolution Seeing a Local, State, and National Goal of 100% Clean Energy by 2050 and the Creation of Green Jobs.
Town Manager
Ross Tompkins,
Assistant to the Town Manager
Phone: 919-968-2707
Staff is scheduled to provide a response to recent climate petitions at the 09/25/19 Council meeting.
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
Ben Hitchings,
Director
Phone: 919-968-2731
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
Ben Hitchings,
Director
Phone: 919-968-2731
The Town's request for an additional $8 million from the Orange County Transit Plan for the North South Bus Rapid Transit Project has been approved by the OC Board of Commissioners and the GoTriangle Board. The MPO will hear the request in August 2019.
01/30/2019 Jeff Charles Request Regarding Police Participation in Review Process of New Developments.
Planning & Development Services
Ben Hitchings,
Director
Phone: 919-968-2731
The Police Department already participates on the staff Technicial Review Team that looks at proposed new development during the application process. Staff will continue to include recommendations related to law enforcement and public safety.
01/16/2019 John Morris Regarding GoTriangle Meetings and Materials.
Planning & Development Services
Ben Hitchings,
Director
Phone: 919-968-2731
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
Linda Smith,
Interim Director Parks and Recreation
Phone: 919-968-2849
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.
11/07/2018 Jeff Charles Request Regarding Offering Toxicology and Public Safety Expertise.
Town Manager
Ross Tompkins,
Assistant to the Town Manager
Phone: 919-968-2707
Following a published Request for Proposals and a review of qualified firms, the Town contracted with Duncklee and Dunham, P.C. to perform human health and ecological risk assessment services.
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 is preparing information to respond to this request.
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
Staff is preparing information to respond to this request.
09/19/2018 Julie McClintock of CHALT Regarding Land Use Intensification.
Planning & Development Services
Ben Hitchings,
Director
Phone: 919-968-2731
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
Ben Hitchings,
Director
Phone: 919-968-2731
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 Ondrea Austin CHALT's Request to Revise the Tree Ordinance.
Planning & Development Services
Ben Hitchings,
Director
Phone: 919-968-2731
Staff is preparing information to respond to this request.
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 Mayor Pam Hemminger Regarding Reviewing Policies, Procedures, and Practices for Development.
Planning & Development Services
Ben Hitchings,
Director
Phone: 919-968-2731
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
Ben Hitchings,
Director
Phone: 919-968-2731
The Council enacted ordinance amendments to improve outcomes for stormwater management and affordable housing, to encourage non-residential development, and to address building size. Staff will return to Council in Fall 2019 to discuss building massing.
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
Ben Hitchings,
Director
Phone: 919-968-2731
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
Ben Hitchings,
Director
Phone: 919-968-2731
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
Ben Hitchings,
Director
Phone: 919-968-2731
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.