Possible Joint Use Project between the Town and UNC Chapel Hill on Estes Drive Extension

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The Town identified the need for a new Municipal service facility and initiated an effort to identify potential sites that would meet the functional, operational, and location needs for several Town departments including the police, parks and recreation administration, fire department administration, health and wellness clinic, ombuds, and training. The Town also recognized this as an opportunity to facilitate increased collaboration, shared training, operations, and public services for Town operations.

The Town tested the capacity of University-owned site on Estes Drive, recognizing that a coordinated effort could meet long-term interests for both the Town and the University. The site-test shows that there is a significant opportunity to develop a plan for the property that respects the site constraints, the neighboring properties, and complements the planned Carolina North campus. Co-location of certain functions could enhance operations, facilitate shared responses, and encourage joint training and planning for public safety or other uses.

On January 23, 2017, the Town Council authorized the Town Manager to proceed with:

  1. A discussion with the University about how joint development on this property could happen, including the regulatory process that will be required;
  2. Explore the site capacity and characteristics in more detail;
  3. Work with stakeholders, both on-site and neighboring, to develop a plan for the site;
  4. Determine what other approvals would be required from the Town and the University as well as the State Legislature; and
  5. Return to the Town Council and the Board of Trustees for lease and funding approvals.

The Town remains committed to engaging the nearby property owners during the process outlined above.

On January 25, 2017, the University Board of Trustees received a similar update from University Staff.

In June, we let you know that  the University Board of Trustees would consider a lease on July 26, 2017, that would set the groundwork for the Town and University to move forward with a project. The Board of Trustees approved the lease at their meeting, so it can now come to the Town Council (fall 2017) and proceed through the State review process, for consideration and possible authorization. (BOT Finance, Infrastructure & Audit Committee agenda, item 6).

Property Rezoning & Development Agreement

On September 27th, Town Council authorized staff to proceed with a Development Agreement as the instrument to administer development of the site. A property is proposed to be rezoned from Office/Institutional-2 (OI-2) to University-1 (U-1). The Development Agreement process includes community meetings and public participation, review by the Town's Development Review Advisory Boards, and decision by Town Council. The project meeting schedule is provided below. For additional information regarding Development Agreements please visit Development Agreement Webpage.

Town Council was provided a project update on January 31st, and video of the meeting is provided here and agenda materials are provided here.

Meeting Schedule and Public Participation

 Meeting Topic

 Date and Time


Site Plan & Building Design  November 30th, 6:30 - 8:30p.m. Phillips Middle School, 606 N Estes Dr. 
 Stormwater Management & Environmental Protection  December 13th, 6:30 - 8:30p.m.  Phillips Middle School, 606 N Estes Dr. 
 Check-In/Review Meeting  January 8th, 5:30 - 7:30p.m.  Phillips Middle School, 606 N Estes Dr. 
Transportation, Circulation, and Landscaping  February 5th, 7:00 - 9:00p.m.  Phillips Middle School Cafeteria, 606 N Estes Dr. 
 Acoustics, Lighting and Building Appearance  February 15th, 6:30p.m. - 8:30p.m.  Phillips Middle School Cafeteria, 606 N Estes Dr. 
 Check-In/Review Meeting  March 1, 6:30p.m. - 8:30p.m.  Phillips Middle School Cafeteria, 606 N Estes Dr. 


Review/Check-In Meeting - March 1, 2018

Building Design, Acoustics & Lighting, and Landscaping - February 15, 2018

Transportation, Connectivity, and Site Plan Review - February 5, 2018

Review/Check-In Meeting - January 8, 2018

Stormwater - December 13, 2017

Site Plan & Building Design - November 30, 2017

Community Information Meeting - September 7, 2017

Public Information Session - March 6, 2017

Town Council meeting on September 27, 2017.

Town Council Meeting: January 23, 2017 (see Agenda Item #9)

University Board of Trustees Meeting: January 25, 2017


Project Materials & Frequently Asked Questions

Archaeological Assessment of Estes Project Site

Comparison of Estes Drive Site and Current Police Station Site

Watershed Map

Landfill Location Memo

Frequently Asked Questions

Additional Frequently Asked Questions



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Contact Information:

Please contact Town staff Aaron Frank at afrank@townofchapelhill.org or 919-969-5059 for additional information about this project. 

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