The Chatham County Affordable Housing Task Force met Friday for the first time.
The group, created by the Chatham County Board of Commissioners, plans to work with developers to include affordable housing in new developments, said Chatham County Commissioner Mike Cross, also a member of the task force.
For example, Newland Carolina, developer of the 2,000-home Briar Chapel project about to be built off U.S. 15-501, has agreed to include 60 affordable houses in the development and pay the county $1.1 million to build another 60 affordable homes elsewhere in the county.
Members of the task force include developers, county planning staff, Habitat for Humanity staff and staff from Empowerment Inc., a Chapel Hill-based organization that works with communities to create affordable housing.
The task force will present recommendations to the county commissioners in March.