Blue Hill District Design Guidelines Project

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Project Status: In Progress
Estimated Completion: Winter 2018

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Draft Design Guidelines

Click the link below to download a draft of the Blue Hill Design Guidelines, and the button below to provide feedback through a brief online survey.

Take the survey - click to begin


Public feedback will be used to support the refinement of the draft Design Guidelines, and will be taken into consideration by staff in making a recommendation to Town Council.

You are invited to send general feedback to cliles@townofchapelhill.org.

Project Overview

The purpose of the Blue Hill District Design Guidelines project is to establish and maintain a consistent and cohesive design aesthetic for the Blue Hill District (formerly known as the Ephesus/Fordham District).

Following creation and implementation of the design guidelines, applicants for development will be able to use this guidance in preparing projects for the Community Design Commission's review.

Further, the project will establish a set of review criteria for the Community Design Commission to use in determining the appropriateness of design proposals in the Blue Hill District.

The Town has engaged Winter & Company to assist with the Design Guidelines project.

What are some of the possible community benefits that could result from this project?

  • Review criteria for the Community Design Commission to utilize in considering Certificates of Appropriateness
  • Clearer expectations and guidance for property owners looking to redevelop

How does this project relate to other projects within the Blue Hill District? 

The Design Guidelines project is part of a larger, coordinated Ephesus/Fordham Code Refinements Initiative. It is common for communities to apply what they have learned from their early experiences with a code and to refine it over time and in various ways. As such, the larger Initiative also includes related projects like the Mobility and Connectivity Plan, the Lower Booker Creek Subwatershed Study, and the Walkabilty and Open Space Standards Project.

For more information or to share your thoughts on this project, contact Corey Liles, Senior Planner at cliles@townofchapelhill.org or 919-969-5008.

Process

The process for crafting the Design Guidelines is organized into 4 steps, outlined below with public outreach opportunities identified for each

Web page takeaways

Spring 2017: Setting the Stage - Identifying design review issues
Meetings with Community Design Commission/Planning Commission and District Property Owners

Summer 2017: Developing the Framework - Document organization and general principles
Public Workshops, Meeting with Community Design Commission/Planning Commission
Online Survey - See Overview of Survey Results

Fall 2017: Developing the Guidelines and Standards
Public Workshops, Meetings with Community Design Commission/Planning Commission and District Property Owners, Second Online Survey

Winter/Spring 2018: Adoption and Implementation

  • Council Preview of Design Guidelines
  • Text Amendment process with anticipated Council Adoption (incorporating Design Guidelines by reference into the LUMO)
  • Training/Piloting for Community Design Commission

Meetings and Public Participation

Upcoming Meetings


Past Meetings 

May 9, 2017 - Introductory meeting with the Community Design Commission and Planning Commission

May 11, 2017 - Meeting with Ephesus/Fordham District property owners

July 12, 2017 - Focus session with the Community Design Commission and Planning Commission

July 13, 2017 - Public Workshops (afternoon and evening)

October 12, 2017 - Focus session with the Community Design Commission and Planning Commission

November 13, 2017 - Public Open House, 6:00-8:00pm, Town Hall - Council Chamber Lobby

November 14, 2017 - Focus session with the Community Design Commission and Planning Commission

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