Tell us about your vision for architectural design in the Ephesus/Fordham District

Post Date:08/11/2017 10:38 AM

The Town of Chapel Hill has initiated a Design Guidelines effort to create a consistent and cohesive aesthetic for the Ephesus/Fordham District – located around the intersection of Ephesus Church Road and US 15-501 or Fordham Boulevard, a gateway to Chapel Hill.

This work builds on other recent improvements that enhance greater walkability and open space in the Ephesus/Fordham District. As part of the public outreach for this project, Town planners are gathering public input on how to build the Design Guidelines document.

You are invited to take a brief survey by visiting the project web page at and clicking on the survey launch button. All public input will be compiled to support the drafting of the Design Guidelines document, which will be available for public review in fall 2017. The survey will be open through Sep. 10, 2017.

The Design Guidelines project is considering a range of building and site design techniques that could be applied to the Ephesus/Fordham District. This survey will gather your input on the effectiveness of these techniques by showing concepts and example images. The survey also explores the importance of various design topics that have been suggested by community members, and asks for your thoughts on what makes Chapel Hill’s design character special.

The Ephesus/Fordham District is an area of Chapel Hill comprised of older shopping centers located on high-volume roadways. The Town of Chapel Hill has applied a Form-Based Code to the District with the goal of transforming this area into a mixed use district with a pleasant walking and biking experience. Under the code, all applicants must receive a Certificate of Appropriateness from the Community Design Commission

The addition of Design Guidelines for Ephesus/Fordham is intended to provide further guidance to applicants in preparing projects for the Community Design Commission's review. These guidelines will also establish a set of review criteria for the commission to use in determining the appropriateness of design proposals.

For more information and to take the survey, visit

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