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In the past few decades, economic growth in Chapel Hill has fueled the demand for housing in the town and put increasing development pressure on many of the town's traditional neighborhoods. Northside, a historically African-American neighborhood, began experiencing these development pressures in the 1990s as new construction increased rapidly. In response to the pressures, Northside residents worked with town officials to establish a Neighborhood Conservation overlay district to constrain development in order to preserve the character of this long-standing neighborhood.
Two factors often shape the outcome of community planning efforts – how planners handle controversy and how they seize opportunity. This article characterizes these factors, identifies strategies to address them, and presents several case studies to illustrate these techniques in practice. In so doing, it offers insights on how to turn a community’s passions to productive use and expand our influence as planning professionals.