Orange County

What should Chapel Hill do about housing costs

Last night’s Chapel Hill Town Council meeting saw impassioned comments on the state, or lack, of affordable housing in Chapel Hill.

A committed headed by council members Donna Bell and Sally Greene has recommended a variety of ways the town might encourage affordable rental housing, a part of the equation left out of most housing discussions until recently.

We want to know what you think.

Do you support a penny on the town tax rate for affordable housing ($3 a year on a $300,000 house)?

Should the town offer cemetery expansion land on Legion Road to a private affordable-housing developer? (The town cemetery board says no.)

What about the rural buffer, long blamed for constricting developable land and raising housing costs. Is it time for another look?

Read staff writer Tammy Grubb’s story now online, or look for an extended version coming in Sunday’s Chapel Hill News and tell us what you think here or in a letter to the editor at

Thanks for reading.

Mark Schultz