Development Review Improvement Process

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The Town Council established a goal to improve the Town development review process in 2007. To most effectively accomplish this, the Council divided the goal into two parts; 1) streamlining the development review process, and 2) review of the council's development-related policies and procedures and the role of advisory boards.

Phase I - Streamlining Internal Processes: The Development Review Improvement Initiative (DRII) is a continuation and expansion of Phase I improvements to the Town's development review process. The goal of this team process is to do a forward looking, "no boundaries" assessment of the Town’s development review system and to reform wherever possible, while maintaining high quality outcomes. The DRII team is currently rolling out new development review process in conjunction with two other teams, the 1) Organizing for Results team and 2) Land Management (LAMA) Development software team.

Phase II - Review Council's Development-Related Policies and Procedures and the Role of Advisory Boards: Following the June 25, 2012 enactment of the Chapel Hill 2020 Comprehensive Plan, staff has been implementing Design 2020, including the 1) Land Use Management Ordinance (LUMO) Update and Focus Area Planning process to reflect the 2020 vision of the community, and 2) Council is expected to adopt an implementation plan to restructure advisory boards during late fall 2013.

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