1965/66/67 session laws – Ch.414 Sec.3


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8 As a further means of preserving and enhancing the character of the Town of Chapel Hill, the governing board of said town is especially authorized to confer upon the Community Appearance Commission the following powers and duties: (a) To initiate, promote and assist in the implementation of programs of general community beautification in Chapel Hill and its environs. (b) To seek to coordinate the activities of individuals, agencies, organizations and groups, public and private, whose plans, activities and programs bear upon the appearance of Chapel Hill and its environs. (c) To provide leadership and guidance in matters of design and appearance to individuals, organizations and groups, public and private. 433 (d) To make studies of the visual assets and liabilities of the community, including surveys and inventories of an appropriate nature, and to suggest standards and policies of design for the entire community, any neighborhood thereof, or any individual project to be undertaken therein. (e) To prepare both general and specific plans for the improved appearance of the Town of Chapel Hill and its environs. Such plans may include the entire community or any part thereof, and may include private as well as public property. Such plans shall set forth desirable standards and goals for the aesthetic enhancement of Chapel Hill or any part thereof, or the surrounding area within the area of planning and zoning jurisdiction, including public ways and areas, open spaces and public and private buildings and projects. (f) To participate in the implementation of the foregoing plans in ways deemed appropriate to the governing board of the town and as specified in the ordinance establishing the Commission. To this end, the governing board is specially authorized to include in said ordinance the following powers: -1 To request from the proper officials of any public agency, including the Town of Chapel Hill, the County of Orange, The University of North Carolina, the Chapel Hill Recreation Commission, the Chapel Hill School District, the Chapel Hill Housing Authority, all public utilities and any State or federal agency, its plans for public buildings, facilities or projects in Chapel Hill and its environs. -2 To review such plans and to make recommendations regarding their aesthetic suitability to the appropriate agency or governing board and to the Chapel Hill Board of Aldermen. The Appearance Commission shall review such plans in a prompt and expeditious manner. All recommendations of the Commission with regard to any public project shall be in writing, and copies of said recommendations shall be transmitted promptly to the Chapel Hill Board of Aldermen. -3 To formulate and recommend to the Chapel Hill Planning Board and Board of Aldermen such ordinances and amendments to existing ordinances (including the zoning ordinance, subdivision regulations and other local ordinances regulating the use and development of property) as will, in the opinion of the Commission, serve to enhance the appearance of Chapel Hill and its environs. -4 To direct town officials attention to needed enforcement of any ordinance which in any way may affect the appearance of the town. -5 To seek, through any appropriate means, voluntary adherence to the standards and policies of its plans. -6 To study and to make recommendations to the Board of Aldermen concerning implementation of the powers conferred upon the town both hereby and by Chapter 278 of the Session Laws of 1965 -7 To enter, in the performance of its official duties and with the permission of the property owner, upon private lands and make examinations or surveys. -8 To promote public interest in and an understanding of its recommendations, studies and plans and, to that end, to prepare, publish and distribute to the public such studies and reports as will, in the opinion of the Commission, advance the cause of improved community appearance. 434 -9 To conduct such public meetings and hearings as may in its judgment be deemed necessary, giving reasonable notice to the public thereof. -10 To conduct an annual meeting at which the programs, progress, problems and policies of the Commission shall be presented and at which the public at large shall be invited to express itself on matters relating to the towns appearance. (g) To recommend to the Board of Aldermen suitable arrangements for the provision of staff and procurement of technical services for the Commission and to establish an Advisory Council or such committees as it may deem necessary.

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