Chapel Hill 2020
Adopted in 2012, Chapel Hill 2020 is the town's overarching vision for the future of Chapel Hill. The plan is a reflection of the values, aspirations, and ideas of the Chapel Hill community.
Small Area Plans
A small area plan is a detailed, long-range land-use plan that is focused on a particular area. Small area plans guide future land-use expectations and decisions for the Town government, as well as developers and property owners.
Small area plans work in conjunction with the Chapel Hill 2020 Comprehensive Plan and Design Guidelines and may vary in terms of their transportation, housing, and economic development goals. Plans are developed with community input and may be amended over time.
Learn more about current small area plans:
- Central West Small Area Plan (adopted by the Town Council on November 26, 2013)
- Downtown 2020 Strategy - Currently being developed
- Rogers Road (In development) - A master plan and sewer plan is currently being developed
The Transportation Planning Division oversees transportation studies, plans, and projects in Chapel Hill. Their planning work prepares Chapel Hill's transportation network for a smarter, more sustainable future.
Building and Fire Codes
- Town of Chapel Hill Code of Ordinances
- State of North Carolina Building Codes
- State of North Carolina Code Applicability Dates
Land Use Management Ordinance (LUMO)
The Land Use Management Ordinance is a land development code which sets the rules for things like buildings, uses, streets, lighting, parking lots and other elements of the built environment. The LUMO was adopted in 2003 and was updated in 2015-2016.
Special Protection Areas and Districts
Special Protection Areas are designed to protect either natural resources or the existing built environment. Development within a Special Protection Area is subject to special regulations in addition to those associated with the zoning district for your property.
- Learn more about Special Protection Areas and Districts
- Do I live in a special protection area or historic district?
We do our best to keep old plans accessible to the public!
Chapel Hill 2000 Comprehensive Plan which includes:
- Land Use Plan (Adopted May 8, 2000; latest revision May 30, 2012)
- Streetscape Master Plan (June 22, 2009)
- Northern Area Taskforce Final Report (January 14, 2008)
- Bicycle and Pedestrian Action Plan (October 24, 2004)
- Downtown Small Area Plan and Design Guidelines (March 27, 2000)
- East Franklin Street Corridor Study II (October 16, 1996)
- Goals for NC 54 Entranceway (June 12, 1995)
- Southern Area - Small Area Plan (June 23, 1992)
- East Franklin Street Corridor Study I (October 24, 1991)
Additional Retired Documents
- Chapel Hill Development Ordinance (adopted October 2002)
"Come Learn With Us" Session - Information from past sessions
- The Sustainability Spectrum (September 21, 2011)
- Laws and Land Use: Update on Legal Issues and their Implications for Planners (November 9, 2011)
- Form-based Codes 101 Presented by Lee Einsweiler, Principal with Code Studio (March 15, 2012)
- Making Transportation Decisions on a Local Level (February 4, 2013)