Blue Hill District Design Guidelines

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Applications for development in the Blue Hill District are subject to the Blue Hill District Design Guidelines, adopted by Town Council on May 23, 2018. The Design Guidelines can be downloaded in the links below.

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Design Guidelines (full document download, low-resolution images)

  1. Introduction

  2. Guiding Principles and Design Concepts

  3. Public Right-of-Way Design Guidelines

  4. Site Design Guidelines

  5. Building Design Guidelines

  6. Appendix

 

For questions on the Design Guidelines, please contact Corey Liles in the Long-Range Planning Division at cliles@townofchapelhill.org. Read below for background on the process for developing the Design Guidelines 

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Project Status: Implementation

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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.

Draft Design Guidelines

    Town Council opened a public hearing to on the Design Guidelines and associated LUMO text amendments on April 18, 2018. The Final Public Draft considered at the hearing reflected feedback received from Town Council, public workshops, online surveys, and multiple citizen Advisory Boards and Commissions.

    Links to drafts:

    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 into the LUMO)
    • Training/Piloting for Community Design Commission

    Meetings and Public Participation

    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

    March 5, 2018 - Focus session with the Community Design Commission and Planning Commission

    March 6, 2018 - Public Information Meeting, 6:00-7:00pm, Chapel Hill Public Library, Meeting Rm A

    March 27, 2018 - Community Design Commission, 6:30pm, Town Hall - Council Chamber

    April 17, 2018 (rescheduled from April 3) - Planning Commission, 7:00pm, Town Hall - Council Chamber

    April 18, 2018 - Town Council Meeting, Open Public Hearing, 7:00pm, Town Hall - Council Chamber

    May 23 - Town Council Meeting, Close the Public Hearing and Consider Action, 7:00pm, Town Hall - Council Chamber

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