The developer for Aydan Court proposes to build 90 condos on a Natural Heritage site. The project was denied a rezoning two years ago. The Town Council will again vote on the status of this land on the evening of June 20.
This property is part of a much larger Significant Natural Heritage Area and is adjacent to the Upper Little Creek Wildlife Impoundment, on the edge of the eastern entranceway to Chapel Hill on Highway 54, east of Meadowmont. Bolin Creek joins the Little River before flowing into Jordan Lake. This development is located on the upland slopes of the Little River.
- Approving this proposal would set a precedent that any property in Chapel Hill can be rezoned to meet a developer’s goals, including Charterwood, Obey Creek, or your neighborhood.
- The Town’s land use map zones this property for low density, or “open space,” which should remain until the Town’s comprehensive plan is revisited later this year;
- The property contains critical wildlife habitat and is adjacent to sensitive wetlands and public game lands for hunting and fishing; The Wildlife Commission recommends a 150 yard buffer and the proposed condos would be less than 100 feet from the state hunting areas;
- Removing 70% of trees will cause erosion and runoff that affects an already impaired Jordan Lake, which supplies drinking water to half a million people;
- The proposed development does not comply with the Town’s steep slopes ordinance;
- The market for condominiums in Chapel Hill is already saturated.