Increase the ration of workforce housing by 2020 and develop a plan for student housing the community.
Residents, the Town, and the University all have an interest in working together to provide a variety of housing types to accommodate the variety of people who work in town. Housing more workers will benefit the town by increasing diversity, reducing traffic congestion, and providing more opportunities to those who wish to live in Chapel Hill. Because Chapel Hill is a university town, the community benefits from the lively presence of a large student population. Off-campus housing is a good option for many, but can put pressures for change on established neighborhoods, increase car traffic and the need for parking space, and pose challenges in terms of noise and safety. Coordinated discussions between the Town, the University, and residents can help accommodate a reasonable number of off-campus students while ensuring the integrity and livability of the neighborhoods.