By Gayatri Surendranathantand Michelle Zayed
Bill Christian has spentalmost five years waiting to buildCharterwood, his mixed-use devel-opment. But, like many develop-ers, he has had to combat a daunt-ing town-approval process. At Monday night’s ChapelHill Town Council meeting, thecouncil voted against a rezoningrequest and a special use permitfor Charterwood. The councilrejected similar applications inMarch.“We think that we have giventhe town an excellent proposaland it got turned down,” Christiansaid. “It’s been pretty difficult.”Christian and his associateshad modified their building plans with the help of town staff, theNorthern Area Task Force andsuggestions from neighbors insurrounding communities.But at the meeting, councilmembers spoke of concerns withthe development’s environmen-tal impacts, building height andproximity to the street.During the meeting, TownCouncil member Gene Peaseraised questions about the town’splanning approval process, whichcan be lengthy and complicated.Chapel Hill is currently reviewing 27 developmentproposals — several for otherlarge, mixed-use projects likeCharterwood.“It’s not a fast process,” TownCouncil member Penny Richsaid. “We have high standards.”Officials said a new review sys-tem and changes stemming fromChapel Hill 2020 could speed upthe process, while creating devel-opments that serve the town’s best interest.
The town’s approval pro-cess can take anywhere fromsix weeks for small subdivi-sions to nine months for largerprojects such as GreenbridgeCondominiums, according toDevelopment Manager GenePoveromo.The road to approval begins with meetings with town staff and land use regulators, and aconcept plan review from theTown Council and other com-mittees. After a series of other meet-ings with the town, a final pub-lic hearing where community members can comment on theproposal is the last step beforeapproval.For Larry Short, developer of the proposed Shortbread Loftsdevelopment, the approval pro-cess has also been a long one.Short’s application, whichtown officials are still consider-ing, has been in limbo for four years — but he said he still sup-ports the procedure.“I would say the process isthorough, and it overall benefitsthe quality of the development,”Short said. “Ours has had somehiccups.”But Christian said the longprocess discourages people fromowning businesses in the area.“It already has hurt the town,”Christian said. “The real estatemarket is already risky enough, because it is so closely tied tothe economy, to also have to deal with this process.”Ruby Sinreich, a former mem- ber of the Chapel Hill PlanningBoard, said all aspects of the pro-cess have a purpose.“Maybe in the past few yearsChapel Hill has become morecrowded, so proposals are biggerand more contentious,” she said.“But the process keeps ChapelHill a pleasant place to live.”
Changes to the system
The Town Council proposedand implemented a new joint-review system last year to shortenthe process — but the new plan
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He’s Not Here won’t sell byoriginal goal date of Feb. 1
Two business partners who areclosing a deal to purchase He’sNot Here will not take ownershipof the Chapel Hill staple today, as was originally planned.Neal DePersia of NationalRestaurant Properties, the com-pany that He’s Not owner DavidKitzmiller hired to market the business, said last week thatownership would ideally transi-tion by today.DePersia said Tuesday that thedeal is still in the process but willnot be complete today.He said he could not commenton the cause of the delay.In an email Sunday, DePersiasaid the deal is in the hands of an attorney who needs to finalizethe wording of the lease that isacceptable to all.He said those involved in thedeal must also have the signa-tures of the physical property’slandlords before they can close.
Rules and Judiciary votesagainst pulling out of ASG
UNC Student Congress’ Rulesand Judiciary committee movedTuesday to pass unfavorably aresolution that would allow stu-dents to vote on UNC’s participa-tion in the Association of StudentGovernments.The controversial resolution was opposed by Student Body President Mary Cooper and ASGPresident Atul Bhula.“I’m hearing a lack of informa-tion,” Bhula said. “If you’re goingto criticize ASG, then come to it.”Marc Seelinger, sponsor of theresolution, said students deserveto choose how their fees are used. ASG is funded from an annual $1student fee.Eight members of the com-mittee voted against the bill. Thefour members who supportedthe resolution will be allowed topresent a minority report to thefull Student Congress next week.If the resolution passes, areferendum will be offered tostudents on the Feb. 14 ballot.Committee members expressedconcern about the timing of theresolution as the UNC-systemBoard of Governors prepares to vote on a tuition increase.“It just seems absurd to with-draw support the only monthit matters,” member Christy Lambden said.
OWASA responds to sewerflood at Ephesus Church
The Orange Water and Sewer Authority responded to an over-flow of untreated wastewaterfrom a sewer manhole at around9:15 a.m. Tuesday.The overflow occurred at thePark at Chapel Hill apartmentsin the 1200 block of EphesusChurch Road and was stopped atabout 9:35 a.m.OWASA estimated the volumeof the overflow was about 200gallons based on the known dura-tion, and was most likely a resultof an accumulation of grease that blocked the flow of water.The spill occurred in theBooker Creek drainage basin andOWASA crew disinfected andflushed the area with water.OWASA reported the spill tothe N.C. Division of Water Quality, which is reviewing the matter.
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By Grace Raynor
About 2,000 students ran out of their allottedCarolina Computing Initiative printing money last semester due to rising costs, forcing them totake money out of their pockets for more paper. With the cost per page now sitting at 10 centsinstead of 5 cents — a change implemented by Information Technology Services in the fall —students are only given 400 pages of printing,rather than last year’s 800.Jeremiah Joyner, manager of ITS Labs andSystems, said the number of students whoexceeded the $40 allotment jumped from about1,100 in fall 2010 to about 2,000 last fall.But also contributing to the growing numberis an increase in students using the printers —about 3,000 more students used CCI printing inthe fall, he said.“(This past) fall there were 30,000 studentsthat got the printing allotment. Two thousandout of 30,000 that printed more doesn’t seem to be that big of a number,” he said. Although the amount of people who exceededthe allotment increased, Joyner said it is impor-tant to keep in mind the large number of stu-dents who don’t use all of their printing money.Last spring, students printed about 280 pageson average. Joyner said 12 percent of studentsprinted more than 700 pages, and 25 percentdid not print anything at all.But students who have run out said they arefrustrated with the increased costs and the needto add money to their expense accounts.Freshman Madison Kelly said she went pasther allotment by about $7 last semester.“Syllabuses are usually about, you know,10 pages, and then you have practice exams,practice problems. It’s just a lot,” she said. “Butit would be helpful if we had more money forprinting.”Sophomore Pierre Lourens said his printingmoney started running out quickly because of acreative writing class.“I had to print out copies of all the stories …so that took like $17 very quickly, whereas last year I probably would not have had that sameproblem.”Joyner said CCI would not return to providing800 pages, but could increase the allotment by smaller amounts in the future.“If we increase allotment by 100 pages, wecould probably help out another 1,000 students,”he said. “(It’s) the question of looking at it againand making sure that we don’t encourage peopleto print more than is appropriate, but also againtrying to make sure we’re providing the serviceto the majority of students.”
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Crory TurNs his‘swagger’ oN
Pat McCrory officially announces that he is running in the race for North Carolina governor on Tuesday in Greensboro. Henarrowly lost to Bev Perdue in the 2008 election and is the frontrunner in the upcoming election.
By Memet Walker
Beaming from cheers of thestanding-room-only crowd, for-mer Charlotte mayor Pat McCrory confirmed Tuesday in Greensboro what everyone in attendance already knew: he’s in. Again.McCrory, a Republican who nar-rowly lost to Gov. Bev Perdue in 2008,has positioned himself as the front-runner in the state gubernatorial race.Campaign finance reports showthat he raised about $2.6 million andhas about $2 million in cash on hand. A statewide survey releasedMonday by Public Policy Polling, aleft-leaning organization based inRaleigh, found that McCrory gar-nered more support from voters thanany of 13 hypothetical Democraticchallengers.The Democratic Party was sentscrambling after Perdue recently announced she would not seek re-election.Rep. Bill Faison, D-Orange, andLt. Gov. Walter Dalton have already entered the Democratic primary, while former UNC-system PresidentErskine Bowles has remained silentabout a potential run.“I am proud to return back home,to officially announce that I will runfor governor,” McCrory told a crowd-ed room of supporters. “We’re goingto fix this broken economy here inNorth Carolina.”Borrowing a line from his campaignsong — The Who’s “Won’t Get Fooled Again,” — McCrory said that for toolong in North Carolina the new bosshas been the same as the old boss.“I don’t want to be your boss,” hesaid. “I want to be your governor.”McCrory said Perdue has left a broken government that’s been anembarrassment to the state.“FBI investigations, felony con- victions, plea bargains, pay-to-play fundraising, tuition hikes, firedchancellors, higher drop-out rate,unfunded liabilities, crony appoint-ments,” he said. “The list goes on andon and on.”Brenda Formo, a retired Army colonel and president of GreaterGreensboro Republican Women’sClub, says she came to supportMcCory because of his strong busi-ness background.“We need a Republican to turnthings around,” she said. “He knowshow to grow businesses, how to cre-ate businesses, which is cutting redtape.”Some of the ideas McCrory men-tioned were creating jobs in the statethrough spending cuts, the openingof energy exploration and reversingmandates and regulations he says putstrains on small businesses.McCrory said his campaign willalso focus on improving education,his original passion.“I want to set up a pay system thatrewards the best teachers,” he said.“And we know who they are.”“Maybe after I finish my job asgovernor, I’ll get a real promotionand become a teacher.”Ruth Revel, McCrory’s high schooldrama teacher, whose eyes barely peered over the podium, told thecrowd that she knew back then he was destined to be a star.“Pat had swagger,” she said. After the speech, Formo saidMcCrory hit all the right notes.“We’re going to win,” she said, and walked away smiling through theenergized crowd.
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By Colleen Ni
This year, students lookingto participate in Black History Month have a single place tolook.UNC will host more than 30events this February to celebrate black heritage and culture.Planning began in October.In an effort to encouragestudents to attend the events,the Office of Diversity andMulticultural Affairs compileda calendar of all the activitieshosted on its website.“It will help promote the pro-grams that have been happeningfor years,” said Terri Houston,senior director for recruitmentand multicultural programs inthe office.Events include a Zumbathon,an Alvin Ailey dance perfor-mance at Memorial Hall, and a jazz festival. The office printedout $600 worth of calendarsand distributed them to studentgroups, Houston said.“It’s a relatively small amountto make sure everyone isinformed,” she said.Heather Williams, chairwom-an of the history department’s African American history monthlecture committee, said many organizations on campus areparticipating.“Not only does it let peopleknow what events are happen-ing, but it’s also a statementabout the University’s commit-ment to honoring Black History Month,” she said.The keynote speaker this year will be Bernice JohnsonReagon, one of the found-ers of the Student NonviolentCoordinating Committee.“She brings a rich backgroundof having been an activist and aleader in the civil rights move-ment,” Williams said.Eric Campbell, president of the Black Student Movement,said in previous years he didn’tknow what events were beingoffered around campus.“The campus didn’t cometogether,” he said, adding thatthe publicity is different this yeardue to the calendar.“Black History Month isn’t just for Africans-Americans tocelebrate. It’s for the whole cam-pus to celebrate,” he said.Ilyasah Shabazz, co-chair- woman of BSM’s Black History Month committee, said black
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has received mixed reviews.In the new system, all relevant boards meet to discuss and voteon the proposal at one time.Short said it took longer toschedule a time when everyone was available for the meetingthan it would have taken to meet with each board individually.But Rich said she likes joint-review because she was able tohear all boards speak at once.“I don’t go to every commit-tee’s meetings, I’d be dead if Idid,” Rich said. “But I think someof the boards took issue with it because it didn’t flow well forthem.”Jon Keener, the developmentmanager of 140 West Franklin,said he wishes he could have hada joint-review meeting whenhe was in the process of gettingapproved.“That would have been a greatexperience as far as streamlininggoes,” he said.Town Council member MattCzajkowski said he hopes ChapelHill 2020 — the town’s long-termcomprehensive plan — will goeven further in cutting the timethe review process takes by outlin-ing specific criteria for developersand businesses looking to move tothe town.“Ideally the outcome of 2020is that we know what we’re look-ing for and have the courage tosay we’re confident in our visionand there are certain areas that we’re going to zone for certainthings.”
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history is embedded in the arts,involving expression throughdance, song and speech.Black history is culturally enriching, she said.“If there wasn’t a month dedi-cated to black history, would westill recognize it?” Shabazz said.“Black history is Americanhistory,” she added, quotingMorgan Freeman.
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