Planning Board member and book editor Amy Ryan thinks she has the expertise and skills to replace Penny Rich on the Chapel Hill Town Council.
She is one of five people who have expressed interest in serving out the remainder of Rich's four-year term, which ends in December 2013. Mayor Mark Kleinschmidt is expected to set a deadline for applications at the council's Dec. 3 meeting.
Ryan, who also has served on the Community Design Commission, participated in the 2020 planning process and most recently led the Central West small area focus group, said development will be the council's biggest issue next year.
"I'm really concerned about some of the ways we're going about it," she said. "It's really important to get substantive (community) input" before a project reaches the council.
Another potential applicant, Planning Board member Jason Baker, said Wednesday that he will back former Council member Sally Greene for Rich's seat.