Chapel Hill Matters - Save Our Historic Town

Chapel Hill Matters - Save Our Historic Town

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Catharine Burns started this petition to Finance, Infrastructure and Audit Committee UNC Chapel Hill Board of Trustees

The Town of Chapel Hill has a centuries old, complex and compelling history.  For many decades historic preservation was a strong public policy -- allowing growth and development that respected the past and preserved the unique character of this university town.  The care taken to save the best of the past has been an enormous benefit in creating a successful community and campus.  

People move to Chapel Hill, students choose UNC, and visitors explore because of the community's unique charm and character.  But recent changes put this success at risk.  All of the historic neighborhoods, the downtown district and their relationship to the UNC campus are  important and should be treated like priceless assets.

Recently, the Board of Trustees approved a plan that calls for the demolition of close to 100 buildings - including historic structures on Franklin Street that define the character of and connection between the campus and Town of Chapel Hill.

In the past few years, the Town of Chapel Hill has failed to implement or properly administer its historic preservation policies and laws.  The Planning Department is encouraging inappropriate development and refuses to implement programs that comply with basic best practices for a successful historic preservation program.  The character and quality of the Chapel Hill community is at risk.

Speak up to ask that:

  • The Town of Chapel Hill begin to properly administer its historic preservation program and laws;
  • The University of North Carolina develop or reinstate a historic preservation plan and stop plans for senseless demolition of treasured historic buildings.
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