C harting O ur F uture A Land Use Initiative
Light Industrial This Character Type is predominantly in the North Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard Focus Area. Built forms will vary by specific use and location.
Focus Area Details and Universal Principles The Focus Area Maps and Principles are presented as a map for each Focus Area with supporting narrative. The map and supporting narrative for each Focus Area describe a long-term view of each area’s use, form, and function in general terms appropriate for a Future Land Use Map. The supporting narrative includes a brief description of the Focus Area vision, an overview of current conditions, and a set of Focus Area principles. These Focus Area Maps and Principles will help inform and guide future long-term development decisions by the Town. The Focus Area Maps and Principles portray a vision for the Town in the year 2050. In many instances, changes to the Town’s development ordinances, standards, and regulations will be required to implement this vision. Given the future-oriented nature of these Focus Area Maps and Principles, such changes may not happen in the near term. Instead, this Future Land Use Map will provide guidance only and help to clarify expectations for future development. Some Focus Area Principles apply across all Focus Areas and are listed below: In general, building height and massing, at the front setback line, as well as the streetscape should be roughly the same on both sides of the street in order to properly frame the street. In some instances, the core heights may differ from one side of the street to the other due to site constraints and surrounding land uses. As large parcels redevelop, regulating plans, which include a street/multi-modal grid, should be provided in order to address overall connectivity as well as walkability/bikeability and activation. In order to ensure a human-scaled built environment, as building height increases at the front setback line, sizable street trees, breaks in street walls, and wider sidewalks should be utilized, as appropriate to the surrounding context. Utilize climate responsive design including green infrastructure, green stormwater infrastructure (including within Town rights of way), living landscapes, tree planting and other vegetative solutions to mitigate the urban heat island effect and create more shaded and walkable streets throughout the Town as well as to mitigate flooding and stormwater concerns. Sustainable site development using best management practices that minimize or reduce the impact of impervious cover should be encouraged, such as use of pervious pavements, solar shade structures, and water efficient landscape palettes. Green building concepts—such as sustainable siting, renewable energy, energy efficiency, water efficiency, and sustainable construction materials—is encouraged. As the Town strives to create wonderful, distinct places in each of the Focus Areas, the Town’s streets will truly be places for people to experience community, not just thoroughfares. To that end, the Town seeks to reduce auto dependency and prioritize pedestrians as well as other forms of connectivity.
Character Type Principles:
Provides good connectivity to transit, public streets, and greenways to help reduce commuter trips, and includes green infrastructure, where appropriate Provides outdoor amenities or public spaces for employees where appropriate Provides a logical transition in building scale and character between residential, commercial, and institutional uses Entrances should be visually prominent
Town of Chapel Hill |
| December 2020
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