Chapel Hill pro-development group forms

July 8, 2009 

— A pro-development group has formed to influence this year's Town Council election.

Citizens for Responsible Government grew out of a contentious process in which the council denied developer Carol Ann Zinn's application to build 58 luxury condos east of Meadowmont near the Durham County line.

The group collected 350 signatures petitioning the council to expand a new growth task force to include more members of the business community.

The task force will help the council figure out where to promote dense development. It meets at 7 tonight at Hargraves Community Center, 216 N. Roberson St.

"We need political leadership that has a more balanced approach to managing growth and is more proactive in securing a broader tax base," said UNC political scientist Georg Vanberg, a CFRG founder.

CFRG plans to meet with candidates for Town Council and mayor. Most of its platform is in line with the positions of sitting council members, including downtown revitalization, affordable housing and alternative transportation.

Staff writer Jesse James DeConto

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