Future Land Use Map - Update to Chapel Hill 2020

C harting O ur F uture A Land Use Initiative

Elements of this Plan Update This update to Chapel Hill 2020 includes Guiding Statements, a Future Land Use Map (FLUM) for those areas of Town outside of the Focus Areas, individual Focus Area Maps & Principles, and a Map Book that all serve to expand upon the themes and goals found in Chapel Hill 2020 . While the elements of this update are introduced below, greater detail is provided in the complete document. Guiding Statements These statements form the policy foundation for both this update and the future overhaul of the Town’s land development regulations. 1. Demonstrate the Town’s commitment to effectively respond to the threats associated with climate change as well as environmental stewardship and resiliency. 2. Ensure equitable planning and development. 3. Encourage a diversity of housing types. 4. Promote distinctive, safe, and attractive neighborhoods. 5. Cultivate a vibrant and inclusive community. 6. Direct investment along key transportation corridors and promote construction of transit and multimodal transportation options in concert with the Town’s regional transportation partners. 7. Support and facilitate economic development, including the development of varied types of retail and office spaces; job creation; innovation; and entrepreneurship, through redevelopment and infill development, in order to expand and diversify the Town’s tax base to enable the Town’s fiscal resiliency. 8. Provide appropriate transitions between land uses and buildings of different scales. 9. Preserve and maintain Chapel Hill’s appearance and create the quality of design and development the Town desires. 10. Cooperate and collaborate with all of the Town’s regional partners especially the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and UNC Health. Future Land Use Map (2050) This overall map depicts the desired land use for all parcels in Town outside of the Focus Areas. Each parcel is labeled with a land use that indicates its desired future land use. The desired future land uses include residential, commercial/office, mixed-use, university, and parks/open spaces. In most cases, land use designations shown on the Future Land Use Map (2050) are similar to those shown on the Land Use Plan in Chapel Hill 2020 .

Focus Area Maps and Principles The Focus Areas reflect six areas of opportunity and represent the portions of Chapel Hill most likely to change in the future due to the existence of vacant land; underdeveloped sites; and their locations along transportation and transit corridors. Each Focus Area is mapped separately and includes a vision for the area, a matrix of the preferred and discouraged land uses (described as Character Types) and desirable building heights, a broad description of the desired, future form of development, and a set of Focus Area Principles tailored to the unique circumstances of the area. The Focus Areas are:

North Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard South Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard

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North 15-501 Corridor


NC 54 Corridor

South Columbia Gateway Each Focus Area is broken down into Sub-Areas with the primary, secondary, and discouraged Character Types for each Sub-Area provided in a Character Types and Height matrix. Map Book This update includes a series of maps that reflect some of the Town’s concerns regarding flooding and extreme heat. These maps will provide guidance as land use decisions are made, development applications are evaluated, and the Land Use Management Ordinance is rewritten.

Acknowledgements Many Town staff members, board and commission members, and community stakeholders worked to complete this update. However, special acknowledgement goes to current and former Town Council members who worked tirelessly over 2.5 years to Chart Chapel Hill’s Future. Current Town Council: Former Town Council Members:

Pam Hemminger, Mayor

Donna Bell

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Michael Parker, Mayor Pro Tem

George Cianciolo

Jessica Anderson

Sally Greene Ed Harrison

Allen Buansi Hongbin Gu Tai Huynh Amy Ryan

Maria T. Palmer Nancy E. Oates

Karen Stegman



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| December 2020

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