C harting O ur F uture A Land Use Initiative
B. Public Views (refers to the appearance and views of private development as seen from public areas). Accordingly, this guiding statement emphasizes high-quality appearance and design for private development, particularly at gateways into the Town– including buildings, landscaping, signage, and art features – that can be seen from public roadways, or from other public spaces such as greenways, multi-use paths, parks, etc. Implementation of this guiding statement may require: A. The development of design guidelines or regulations as well as streetscape plans and improvements tailored to each Focus Area or to particular portions of a Focus Area in order to create a unique sense of place within each Focus Area as well as a visual continuity of streetscapes. These design guidelines and/or regulations should include guidance on building massing, scale, shape, and orientation; transparency; fenestration; and facade details as well as stress the importance of building and site context and the relationship of buildings to the street, sidewalk, and other public rights-of-way; and, B. The establishment of Pedestrian-Oriented Districts, which include site and design elements necessary to create the type and quality of development that the Town desires including specifications regarding the preferred location and scale of parking facilities. 10. Cooperate and collaborate with all of the Town’s regional partners especially the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and UNC Health. Pursue a harmonious relationship where there is a strong emphasis on the pursuit of mutually beneficial goals with respect for the sometimes differing objectives of these partners and the Town. As it states in Chapel Hill 2020 , “The richness of the University—its history; its physical beauty; its intellectual, entrepreneurial and artistic capital; its world class health care enterprise; the dynamic idealism of students and faculty—is part of the [Town’s] vision.” The Town of Chapel Hill’s identity is based, in large part, on the presence of UNC. Chapel Hill is a college town. However, the relationship between the two institutions is much deeper than identity. The destinies of the Town and the University are inextricably linked, and strengthening the strategic alignment on issues of economic development; transportation; housing; student housing; recreational, open space, and cultural amenities; and other quality of life issues are essential to the Town and UNC’s sustainability and resiliency. To that end, the Town should continue to: “Aspire to use the intellectual and financial capital of the University and the UNC Health Care System to help the Town flourish,” as stated in Chapel Hill 2020 ; Work with UNC to develop economic strategies, including strategies related to research and development as well as entrepreneurship; Enhance the relationship between students and permanent residents; Coordinate transportation initiatives; Recognize the importance of UNC’s cultural and natural resources including Carolina North, Ackland Art Museum, and Morehead Planetarium and Science Center and work with the UNC to utilize these resources to the benefit of both the Town and the University; Work with UNC to help mitigate the impact of student rental housing in established single-family neighborhoods and to provide safe and sanitary off-campus housing for students; and, Proactively collaborate and work with UNC regarding policies concerning both on and off-campus housing for University students.
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Town of Chapel Hill |
| December 2020
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