An international blog has published a story about the Town of Chapel Hill’s efforts to use data-driven and community engagement solutions to address the redevelopment threat to manufactured home communities in Chapel Hill.
Esri, an international supplier of geographic information system (GIS) software, posted the Feb. 5 story at https://www.esri.com/about/newsroom/blog/maps-aid-affordable-housing-push-in-chapel-hill-north-carolina/ It offers a detailed picture of how the Town came together to use partnerships, engagement, and the ArcGIS mapping software to prioritize Town-owned land for new affordable housing development.
The use of immersive 3D maps helped staff visualize properties and possibilities to implement a Manufactured Home Strategy. One key component of the strategy is to identify Town-owned sites that could be used to develop new affordable housing and potential relocation options for manufactured home residents, if needed. An excerpt from the story:
“In 2017, the residents and families living in a 33-unit mobile home park in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, received news from the property owner that within a year they would have to relocate so the property could be redeveloped. After the tight-knit community made an impassioned plea for help, the Chapel Hill Town Council mobilized a small team of Town employees to explore affordable housing options.”