Share your input on the vision for design in the Blue Hill District

Survey closes Jan. 10

Post Date:01/05/2018 9:07 AM

The Town of Chapel Hill is currently developing a set of Design Guidelines for the Blue Hill District - located around the intersection of Ephesus Church Road and US 15-501 or Fordham Boulevard, a gateway to Chapel Hill. This area was formerly known as the Ephesus/Fordham District. The purpose of this project is to establish a common understanding of design principles that promote a walkable and 'green' character in Blue Hill.

You are invited to take a brief survey by visiting Town planners will use public input to support the refinement of the Blue Hill Design Guidelines draft document, which is also available at the project web page for public review. The survey will be open through Jan. 10, 2018.

A previous survey on the Design Guidelines framework was conducted in August and September, with a focus on gauging the importance of various design topics and the effectiveness of certain architectural design tools. This follow-up survey is now checking in and seeking feedback on the vision and objectives presented in the draft Design Guidelines.

The Blue Hill District is an older commercial area of Chapel Hill historically characterized by shopping centers and 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

Following creation and implementation, the Design Guidelines will provide further guidance to applicants in preparing projects for review, and will establish a set of review criteria for the Commission to use in determining the appropriateness of design proposals. This fulfills an interest in providing a more consistent and cohesive design aesthetic in the Blue Hill District.

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