Project Status: In Progress, Adoption and Implementation
Estimated Completion: Spring 2018
Draft Design Guidelines
Click the link below to download the latest draft of the Blue Hill Design Guidelines.
- Final Draft Design Guidelines, 2/27/2018 (7.4MB file)
The online survey on the draft Design Guidelines has concluded. However, you may still send feedback to email@example.com.
Town Council received an update on the project on January 24, 2018. the latest draft reflects feedback received from Town Council, public workshops, online surveys, and multiple citizen Advisory Boards and Commissions.
Link to previous draft:
- Draft Design Guidelines, 11/06/2017 (11MB file)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 919-969-5008.
The process for crafting the Design Guidelines is organized into 4 steps, outlined below with public outreach opportunities identified for each
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 into the LUMO)
- Training/Piloting for Community Design Commission
Meetings and Public Participation
March 27, 2018 - Community Design Commission, 6:30pm, Town Hall - Council Chamber
April 3 - Planning Commission, 7:00pm, Town Hall - Council Chamber
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
January 24, 2018 - Town Council Meeting, Update provided to Council
- Agenda Item Overview (click links under 'Attachments' for additional materials)
March 5, 2018 - Focus session with the Community Design Commission and Planning Commission
- Town Calendar Notice
- Meeting Agenda
- Meeting Materials:
March 6, 2018 - Public Information Meeting, 6:00-7:00pm, Chapel Hill Public Library, Meeting Rm A