Town of Chapel Hill header
Share to Facebook Share to Twitter Bookmark and Share
File #: [22-0406]    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Discussion Item Status: Filed
File created: 4/18/2022 In control: Town Council
On agenda: 5/11/2022 Final action: 5/11/2022
Title: Expedited Review of Affordable Housing.
Attachments: 1. Draft Staff Presentation, 2. Staff Report, 3. Petition - Housing Production, 4. Staff Presentation, 5. Emails from the Public
Related files: [21-0854], [22-0200]

Expedited Review of Affordable Housing.

Colleen Willger, Director
Judy Johnson, Assistant Director

Corey Liles, Planning Manager

Sarah Osmer Vi?as, Director
Affordable Housing & Community
Nate Broman-Fulks, Assistant Director
Emily Holt, Affordable Housing Development Officer

Overview: On September 22, 2021, Council members submitted a petition calling for strategies to rapidly promote increased production and availability of affordable and missing middle housing. Updates on addressing the interests in the petition were provided to Council on November 17, 20211 and March 9, 20222. This work session discussion is an opportunity for direction on the creation of an expedited application process for projects with a substantial amount of affordable housing.

That the Council receive the presentation and provide direction on which potential solutions staff should explore in greater detail.

Decision Points:
Which of the following potential solutions for expedited review of affordable housing should the Town continue to explore and analyze?
1. Consolidating/reducing the number of steps in the Council review process
2. Consolidating Advisory Board review
3. Simplifying requirements for application submittal at the Council review stage
4. Other solutions

Key Considerations:
* A successful review process must balance elements such as timeliness, complexity of application materials, and number of meetings. Improving performance on timeliness requires tradeoffs.
* As this effort moves forward, qualifying affordability criteria and performance metrics for expedited review will also be solidified.
* Staff used the following research and study topics to inform potential solutions:
o Piloting incremental solutions in spring 2022 for projects proposing 100% affordable units
o Documenting streamlined review processes already in effect in Chapel Hill
o Meeting with staff from nearby communities in Febr...

Click here for full text