Future Land Use Map - Update to Chapel Hill 2020

C harting O ur F uture A Land Use Initiative

3 | Future Land Use Map (2050)

Land Use Categories Residential Categories Rural Residential

Rural residential areas are located in the Town’s Extraterritorial Jurisdiction (ETJ)* and will continue to primarily contain single-family homes on large lots. Many of these areas are outside of the Town’s Urban Services Boundary, which limits the extension of Town water and sewer service to these areas. Most of these areas rely on septic systems for wastewater treatment. The intent of this designation is to preserve and enhance the rural character of these areas by encouraging rural development designs, such as conservation/cluster residential subdivisions, which could result in clustered housing on large tracts to preserve open space and environmentally sensitive areas such as steep slopes; quality woodlands; wetlands; and stream corridors, provided gross densities are maintained.

Introduction The Town’s Future Land Use Map is a tool that serves as a guide to help ensure the future reflects the community’s vision (as established in the Chapel Hill 2020 Comprehensive Plan and other town planning initiatives.) The Future Land Use Map section is organized into two parts: ƒ Land Use Categories - The section begins by describing 12 types of land uses that exist in or are envisioned for Chapel Hill. As described in the introduction, the Land Use Categories are adapted from the Chapel Hill 2020 Land Use Plan and include a range of uses that include residential, commercial, mixed use, industrial, and open space. ƒ Future Land Use Map (2050) - The town-wide vision for future land use is shown as a map that builds on the Chapel Hill 2020 Land Use Plan. The map describes the vision using the Land Use Categories. It defers the detail on the six focus areas to the Focus Area exhibits that follow. Areas of the Town currently subject to development agreements and potential school sites also are shown.

*Extraterritorial jurisdiction is portions of Orange County where the Town of Chapel Hill applies its planning and zoning authority outside of the Town’s corporate limits.

Gross Densities of:

1 unit/acre

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1 unit/5 acres

Very Low Residential Very low residential areas are intended to remain predominantly rural or semi-rural in character and will continue

to primarily contain single-family homes on large lots. Most of these areas are located within the Town limits, and all areas are inside the Urban Services Boundary, which enables water and sewer service where available. Conservation/ clustered residential subdivisions would be permissible to preserve open space and environmentally sensitive areas provided the gross densities are maintained.

Gross Densities of:

1 unit/acre




Town of Chapel Hill |

| December 2020

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