Town of Chapel Hill 'Learn With Us Sessions'

From Town of Chapel Hill Reports:

To expand civic engagement with the community, the Town of Chapel Hill is bringing back the Chapel Hill 2020 Come Learn with Us sessions in 2015 with four scheduled workshops to focus on Affordable Housing.

The affordable housing workshops are scheduled for Jan. 13, Feb. 10, Feb. 24 and March 10 at 5 p.m. in Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. They will all be recorded and available for future viewing on the Town’s website. (www.townofchapelhill.org)

The Chapel Hill 2020 sessions originated during the creation of the Chapel Hill comprehensive plan as a way to engage the public in complex planning topics. The affordable housing workshops are primarily directed to the Town’s Housing Advisory Board and Town Council, and the public is also invited to participate and learn.

Affordable Housing Workshops will include the following topics:

Session 1 – Affordable Housing Overview: Framework and Growth over 30 Years (Jan. 13)
Session 2 - All About Housing: National, State and Local Housing Trends (Feb. 10)
Session 3 - The Real Cost of Housing: What it Costs the Town (Feb. 24)
Session 4 – Opportunities for the Future: Recommendations and Strategies for Affordable Housing (March 10)

Housing and Community Executive Director Loryn Clark said the workshops will feature local and national experts in the housing field. "Our goal for this series of workshops is to think differently about our approach to increasing affordable housing opportunities in our community,” she said. “Each session will help us gain a more comprehensive understanding of the Town’s housing market. All of the sessions will be informative, and we are especially looking forward to the final session when we will suggest tools and strategies that are available to the Town to achieve the Council’s affordable housing goals.”

The Jan. 13 workshop will include a development finance presentation from David Hartzell, the Steven D. Bell and Leonard W. Wood Distinguished Professor in Real Estate - Professor of Finance at UNC-Chapel Hill. Hartzell has taught core finance and investment courses at UNC-Chapel Hill’s Kenan-Flagler Business School and teaches a popular elective in real estate finance and investments every summer at the University of Cambridge Judge Business School.

Mark Moshier, Principal at Legacy Real Property Group, will give an overview of a real pro-forma to help in understanding the implications of exactions on finance. The intent of this presentation is to understand the effects of development finance on building affordable housing.

A presentation designed to understand the effects of the regulatory environment on building affordable housing will be made by C. Tyler Mulligan, Associate Professor of Public Law and Government at UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Government. Before joining UNC-Chapel Hill in 2007, he practiced law with Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice, PLLC, in Raleigh, where he represented investors and syndicators in structuring investments in real estate and related investment funds.

The final presentation of the first workshop will focus on the demographics of Chapel Hill since 1990.  Town Economic Development Officer Dwight Bassett will give a review of key demographic outcomes from the last 30-plus years.  The demographics presentation will focus on age, income and overall population growth and change since 1990.  This intent is to understand the implications of policy, regulatory environment and development finance on our population growth and changes.

For more information, contact Ran Northam, Communications Specialist with the Town of Chapel Hill, at 919-969-4878. www.townofchapelhill.org