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Briar Chapel affordable housing

By Mike Cross
Posted Thursday, February 3, 2005

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I met with representatives from Habitat for Humanity, Empowerment Inc, Newland Carolinas, planning staff and citizen representatives to discuss concerns relative to the 120 affordable housing units in the Briar Chapel proposal.

At the Feb 1, 2005 Planning Board, the Habitat and Empowerment presentation resulted in many unanswered questions and no proposal.

At our group meeting on Feb 3, we discussed the compact communities ordinance (CCO) options, Land Trust Application, % of median income requirements, what will work, what will not work, possible concessions by all parties, our desire to keep the affordable housing within Briar Chapel, the pros and cons of not doing this, and application of the CCO waiver provision.

After a very full discussion and in keeping with the ex parte private meeting rules, everyone except Habitat and Empowerment Inc. representatives excused ourselves from the meeting to allow them to work on their proposals.

Habitat and Empowerment will be responsible to execute whatever option the BOC decides on; therefore the option must be something they can actually do.

I look forward to workable proposals on the 15th and I certainly thank everyone for their concentrated efforts.

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Briar Chapel affordable housing
Chatham County Commisioner Mike Cross shares his viewpoints with citizens on his weblog.

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