Statement on the Leadership Advisory
Committee for Carolina North By Ken Broun
I thought it useful if I gave some additional information
with regard to this committee, announced by Chancellor Moeser
in his letters to Mayors Foy and Chilton and Chair Jacobs.
The purpose of the committee is to get community input on
Carolina North from as broad a range of interests as possible.
The process is intended to produce a set of principles that
will guide the University in its preparation of plans that
will be submitted to the local governing bodies in their regulatory
functions. It is a University committee, to be appointed
by the Chancellor, because it is formed for the purpose of
giving information to the University, not for the purpose
of reaching any decisions, final or tentative, by the community’s
The Chapel Hill Town Council and the Carrboro Board of Aldermen
will be asked to select three persons each for membership
on the committee. Their appointees can, but need not
be, elected officials. The Orange County Board of Commissioners
will select two persons. The University will appoint
three administrators to the committee. In addition,
there will be representatives from the University faculty
(including faculty members who have indicated general support
for the project and those who have raised questions about
it). The University will also ask for representation
from the Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board, the business community,
the North Carolina Department of Transportation and a representative
of the governor.
The committee will also consider the possibility of hiring
a facilitator to work with it in the process. It will
also consider the possibility of creating subcommittees or
task forces to work on specific issues such as transportation,
fiscal equity, housing and environmental concerns.
I anticipate that the work of the committee will continue
throughout calendar year 2006. A report to the Chancellor
will be made in early 2007.
In addition to views of the committee members, the committee
will also seek the opinions of the public at large.
The meetings will be open and televised if feasible.
There will be ample opportunities for persons not on the committee
to address the committee publicly or by written or electronic
The University’s previous concept plans will be off
the table for purposes of this process. Whether such
plans would re-emerge in the same or in modified form or would
be discarded is a decision that will be made by the University
administration after receiving the recommendations of the
I think I also need to make my own position clear.
I have no stake in any plan for Carolina North, whether developed
by the University or anyone else. This project will have the
most significant effect of any development in Orange County
since the establishment of the University. My purpose
in serving is to try to facilitate a process in which the
final plans developed by the University are developed with
full knowledge of the concerns of the community at large.
I am receiving no compensation from any source for my work
with the committee, either monetary or in terms of reduced
obligations at the School of Law. I am teaching a full,
indeed a heavier than usual, load and continue to try to do
significant writing and service in my areas of teaching interest.