Special Topics: Development Agreements

David Owens

David Owens, UNC School of Government

The Town of Chapel Hill’s DESIGN 2020 will offer the special topic presentation, “Development Agreements in Chapel Hill,” by David Owens, professor of public law and government at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Government at noon on Wednesday, June 19, in the Council Chamber of Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.

Professor Owens will present information about development agreements in North Carolina, including a general overview of what a development agreement can do and the basic requirements. A development agreement is a unique tool that may be useful for large projects that will be built over a period of up to 20 years. It provides the developer a level of certainty about what it can build and what mitigation measures will be required, if agreement is reached. It also provides the Town with the opportunity to look at the long-term horizon and make sure it fits with the Town’s comprehensive planning efforts and local policies.

Following the presentation, Town staff will share a brief update on the development agreement process adopted by the Chapel Hill Town Council on March 18, 2013, and current information on the Obey Creek (www.townofchapelhill.org/obeycreek) and Glen Lennox (http://www.townofchapelhill.org/glenlennox) development agreement projects. Read more about this process here: http://www.townofchapelhill.org/index.aspx?page=2210

The presentation will be aired via streaming video at http://www.townofchapelhill.org/video and will be broadcast on Gov-TV 18 later in the week.

David Owens joined the UNC School of Government in 1989. Prior to that, he was an attorney and senior planner for the Wisconsin State Planning Office and spent 10 years with the NC Division of Coastal Management. His publications include numerous books and articles on zoning law, including the basic legal reference, Land Use Law in North Carolina, and the widely used guide for citizen boards, Introduction to Zoning. He has also written on a variety of land use law topics, the scope of local government authority, urban growth management, regulation of religious land uses and adult businesses, conflicts of interest, planning legislation, and various aspects of coastal management law and policy. Owens received a graduate planning degree and law degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

The Town of Chapel Hill’s Special Topics series began during the Chapel Hill 2020 comprehensive planning process as a way to share information with interested residents who want to know more about issues, trends and studies that affect the future. These presentations continue with DESIGN 2020, the implementation phase of advancing the comprehensive plan’s goals and objectives.

For more information about DESIGN Chapel Hill 2020, visit www.townofchapelhill.org/design or the blog at http://2020buzz.org/

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