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Chapel Hill Approves Temporary Ban On New Duplexes

Posted October 22, 2002 11:49 a.m. EDT

— The Chapel Hill Town Council has temporarily prohibited the construction of additional two-family duplexes in certain residential zoning districts. The prohibition will be effective until June 30, 2003.

By unanimous vote at its Monday meeting, the Council enacted an ordinance that would -- until June 30 -- restrict construction of duplexes in districts zoned Residential -1, -2, or -3. The ordinance change also would restrict conversion of single-family dwellings to duplexes.

"The Council chose to take this action temporarily," Town Manager Cal Horton said. "After June 30, unless the Council takes further action on duplexes, this prohibition will expire."

The Council's action followed comments from citizens, many of whom expressed concern about the impacts of new duplex construction on their neighborhoods.

The Council had been concerned about the impact of the two-family duplex land use in certain residential districts such as the Northside neighborhood.

Residents of Northside turned out to ask council members to make the ban permanent in their neighborhood. Residents there have complained about an influx of student renters.

Supporters of the plan to temporarily ban duplex construction said it is a way to preserve family housing.

The Council directed Horton to return before June 30 with additional options for the Council to consider regarding duplexes.