What do we do?
- CHALT aims to protect and improve what we love about our town, and serve as an unbiased resource for information on issues of importance to our community.
- We seek and support policies that will sustain and enhance the qualities that make Chapel Hill a wonderful place to live.
- We study the issues, strive to engage citizens in the public dialogue, and advocate for needed changes in town governance.
- We hold forums to educate ourselves about town policies that are working and those that don’t.
- We build tools to measure the impacts of development, costs and benefits, impervious surfaces.
- We endorse candidates who will listen, “do what they say”, and support the values we consider most important.
Why the Alliance?
The Chapel Hill Alliance for a Livable Town grew out of Chapel Hill citizens’ frustrating experiences during the process of trying to craft a new Comprehensive Plan for the Town in June 2012. Despite the Town government’s broad outreach effort, the final plan, “Chapel Hill 2020,” did not incorporate the vision and action steps endorsed by the majority of town citizens who attended most of the planning meetings.
Our trust in our staff and Town leaders diminished further during subsequent Town-led planning efforts for Central West, Ephesus-Fordham and Obey Creek. In each of these planning processes, we witnessed citizens’ well-researched recommendations being ignored. Town leaders and staff consistently promoted an urban model of high-rise, high-density development, without ever articulating how the town as a whole would benefit. Adding millions of square feet of new buildings are bringing worse traffic to our already-congested roads and overwhelming our impaired streams and inadequate stormwater facilities.
Every cost benefit analysis conducted by the Town has shown that the costs associated with new growth—especially residential growth—will exceed the new revenues growth may bring into the town.
CHALT advocates for a future that will honor and protect Chapel Hill’s small town character, longstanding values of inclusion and environmental stewardship, and commitment to our public schools and quality of life.