New development makes most sense where development already exists. A vibrant, dense downtown is a place where people can easily shop, eat and drink, see a doctor or dentist, repair a car, visit a studio or gallery, get a haircut – all while supporting locally-owned small business and adding revenue to our coffers. But, all new development should be in keeping with the unique character of the town.
Concentrate development downtown to allow for the efficient provision of infrastructure including roads, sidewalks, and public transit. But, restrict height to 4 or 5 stories to maintain Carrboro’s small town charm.
Promote mixed use development in dense nodes such as Lloyd Farm, Shelton Station, and South Green.
Develop the northern transition area in a way that maintains its rural character and includes community-scale commercial space, diverse housing, shared green spaces, walking/biking trails, and transit connections.
Use density to reduce the Housing-Transportation Index (portion of disposable income devoted to housing and transportation) to 45% for as many families as possible.
Use density to make Carrboro more walkable and bikeable - reducing car emissions, congestion and parking needs.
Push for “missing middle” housing (duplexes, triplexes, bungalows, row houses) to help more middle income families, millennials, and downsizing empty nesters put down roots in Carrboro.