Petition for Compact Neighborhoods

Petition for an inclusive, in-depth process for public involvement in planning “Compact Neighborhoods” around proposed light rail stations.


Durham City and County governments are planning “Compact Neighborhoods” for future development near light rail stations. Around each station, a “Compact Neighborhood” is planned to promote higher density development, including residential, retail, office, and other uses.

“Compact Neighborhoods” are planned to benefit residents, transit users, and Durham. Transit, sidewalks, bike facilities, and increased activity may improve safety and health. However, zoning changes may affect property uses, values, taxes, rents, and home prices.

In Fall 2015, the City Council and County Commission are expected to vote on boundaries of “Compact Neighborhoods”. Later, the City and County will develop zoning regulations and decide which zoning applies to which areas in “Compact Neighborhoods”.

Now is the time to inform and involve the public through in-depth planning of:

1) boundaries of “Compact Neighborhoods” around transit stations, and
2) zoning regulations for each area in “Compact Neighborhoods”.

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Petition to Durham City Council and County Commission to:

1. Involve more public input, especially from residents, businesses, and groups that could be affected by “Compact Neighborhoods";

2. Engage neighborhoods, businesses, and groups to solicit direct and meaningful public participation in plans for each transit station area;

3. Inform residents, businesses, and groups in and around proposed “Compact Neighborhoods” about the benefits and potential impacts of higher density development, including the effects of higher zoning, taxes, rents, and home prices on the stability of local neighborhoods, small businesses, and residents of all incomes;

4. Ensure that communities around transit stops receive the benefits anticipated and mitigate any unintended consequences;

5. Provide equitable solutions to ensure that:

  • neighborhoods stay stable and livable,
  • businesses can continue and have options for comparable locations,
  • residents can stay in their homes;
  • residents have opportunities for homes with long-term affordability;
  • residents have safe access to transit by sidewalks, bike lanes & trails.

Who's signing

Eric Cannon
Erik Myxter-iino
Nathan Bullock
Eross Guadalupe
Delaney Susie
Mike Cincala
Daniel Reinholz
Cassie Jones
Lorisa Seibel
Denny Corsa
16 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Eric Cannon
    signed 2018-11-16 13:52:37 -0500
  • Erik Myxter-iino
    signed 2018-08-10 14:10:34 -0400
    Yes! This needs to be done, especially if the light rail gets funded, but even without the lightrail there needs to be more mixed-income, mixed-use density in Durham!
  • Nathan Bullock
    signed 2018-01-19 00:48:16 -0500
  • Eross Guadalupe
    signed 2017-04-09 13:04:35 -0400
    I strongly believe in compacting this city in addition to establishing a better transportation system. We need to prevent urban sprawl!
  • Delaney Susie
    signed 2017-03-19 01:24:36 -0400
  • Mike Cincala
    signed 2017-02-23 17:23:48 -0500
  • Daniel Reinholz
    signed 2017-01-27 09:37:19 -0500
  • Cassie Jones
    signed 2017-01-26 22:20:24 -0500
  • Lorisa Seibel
    signed 2015-10-12 15:09:28 -0400
  • Denny Corsa
    signed 2015-09-09 13:45:46 -0400

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