The Chapel Hill Town Council chose not to act last week on a request for a development moratorium on N.C. 54.
One person spoke for the measure by the time the council got to the item around midnight on a packaged meeting agenda.
"A moratorium will create some breathing space," said Kristina Peterson of Neighborhoods for Responsible Growth. "The consequences of decisions made now we think will be with us and our children for many decades."
Byt council members agreed with staff (which disagreed with the town planning board) and decided there was no urgent need to pass a temporary development ban. Projects like East54 are well under way, and even if Grubb Properties were to move forward on Glen Lennox, the council still has time to consider a moratorium when it comes back from summer break.
"We really risk nothing by taking no action," Councilman Bill Strom said.
The council is going to be talking about growth and density issues this fall. Councilman Ed Harrison says he hopes the N.C. 54 issues don't get swallowed up in that larger discussion. "The issues are really acute here," he told his colleagues.