C harting O ur F uture A Land Use Initiative
Multi-family Residential This Character Type includes small- and large-scale apartment/condominium buildings. Smaller multi-family buildings are appropriate near predominantly residential frontages and where parcel sizes support smaller multi- family buildings. Apartment/condominium buildings, particularly larger ones, should be located near mixed-use and commercial areas to allow for walkable activity nodes since land-use diversity and proximity of destinations support non-motorized modes of transportation. In most instances, higher density residential uses should be strategically located within a half-mile of high volume/high frequency transit stations/stops to support transit ridership and may include some commercial uses utilized by residents, neighborhood residents, and transit riders.
Character Type Principles:
May be completely residential or include a limited amount of supportive non-residential uses on the ground floor at primary property corners and other appropriate locations. Avoids long, uninterrupted, and monotonous building facades to add visual interest to the street Setbacks from the street create small private garden spaces and separation from public side-walks for ground-floor residential units Adequate and convenient bike facilities near primary entrances and/or integrated within the buildings Lighting and landscaping design address security and public safety issues for residents Parking integrated within or behind buildings and accessed from side or rear streets/alleys Emphasizes the primary building entrance Consider stepping back the building above the third or fourth story to frame the public space rather than overwhelm it Elevate living space above sidewalks to create a separation between living space and public space Includes balconies, french windows, bay windows, etc. to articulate the front facade and provide visual interest Define the building base by slight changes in building materials, colors, or textures Include a wide pedestrian zone and ample street tree plantings along the ground floor street frontage
Town of Chapel Hill |
| December 2020
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