Land use splits UNC-CH, Town Council

April 22, 2009 

— UNC-Chapel Hill leaders have long promised to limit development at the future Carolina North satellite campus to 250 acres for the first 50 years.

Now town leaders are trying to nail down exactly what that means.

Some members of the Town Council want the 250 acres to include a new elementary school, but university officials don't think that land should count against the 250-acre limit.

"If it's 15 acres, that's a pretty substantial percentage of 250 acres to give away," said Carolina North executive director Jack Evans.

The two sides are also trying to work out how strictly the remaining 700-plus acres will be protected. The Town Council wants that land undisturbed for at least 50 years. The university wants flexibility.

The council and trustees will meet at 5 p.m. today at Extraordinary Ventures, a conference facility at 200 S. Elliott Road.

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