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Central West Small Area Planning Process

Contact Information


Office of Planning and Sustainability


Phone: 919-969-5066


The Central West Small Area Plan and Appendices were adopted by the Town Council on November 26, 2013. For more information and for a copy of the adopted Central West Small Area Plan, visit  


The following links provide additional information and resources for the Central West Focus Area process.

Carolina North

  • For information about the Carolina North Development Agreement, click here.
  • For a presentation about Carolina North by Bruce Runberg from UNC Chapel Hill's Facilities Services, please click here.
  • For a copy of the Carolina North Public Information Meeting presentation from January 30, 2013, please click here.

Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools

  • For a presentation about the Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools' Future Focus, click here.

Chapel Hill 2020 comprehensive plan

  • For information about the Chapel Hill 2020 comprehensive plan, click here.  
  • For more information about Design 2020, click here.

Community Services

  • For a report titled "The Cost of Community Services" prepared in May 2012, please click here.

Development Applications

  • For information about the Chartwell Special Use Permit Application, click here.

Economic Development

  • For information on economic development in Chapel Hill, visit the Economic Development webpage by clicking here.
  • Would you like to see the special topic presentation titled "Retail, Housing, and Economic Development"? Then click here.
  • For the short article titled "Pop-Up America: Embracing Change in the U.S. Retailing Environment" by Jenn Burka, an Associate at the consulting firm RCLCO, please click here.
  • On May 15, 2013, Dwight Bassett, the Town's Economic Development Officer, presented "Economic Development in Chapel Hill." For a copy of the presentation, click here.

Future Focus Areas

  • For more information about the Ephesus/Fordham Focus Area, click here.
  • For information about the ongoing DESIGN Chapel Hill initiatives, click here.


  • To view the special topic presentation about Student Housing which was given by representatives from UNC Student Affairs, click here.


  • To view the presentation given by Victor Dover titled, "Design for a Changing World: The New Practicality of Placemaking," click here. Victor Dover is a member of the Glen Lennox and Obey Creek Technical Team, and he gave this presentation on August 12, 2013.

Questionnaire/Survey Results

  • In March 2013, the Central West Focus Area Steering Committee developed a questionnaire with the purpose of gauging the community's perceptions of the Central West Focus Area and gathering information about how the area is used. For an overview of the questionnaire results, please click here.
  • In September 2013, a survey was developed to gather community feedback about the concept plans (A1, A2, B1, and B2) that were shown at the Central West Community Session on September 10, 2013. For a copy of the survey results, please click here. For a copy of the raw data, please click here.

Residential Density

  • For information about the population numbers within ½, 1, 1½, 2, and 3 miles from the Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd./Estes Drive, please click here.
  • When considering these numbers, please keep in mind that retail market areas for commercial developments are usually a little larger than 3 miles, and they also depend on nearby employment populations, not just residential population. Thus, the information about residential density may not provide a full picture about whether a commercial center could be supported.
  • A good resource to find more information is the Town’s Retail Market Analysis study which can be found here with additional information here. These studies provide good definitions for the Types of Retail Developments; Convenience Center, Power Center, Regional Center, etc.

Small Area Plan Examples


  • For information about the Town's Complete Streets Policy, click: Complete Streets Policy
  • Interested in viewing the special topic presentation titled "Chapel Hill's Future Transit Network" given by David Bonk, the Long Range and Transportation Manager, and Steve Spade, the former Transit Director, on February 10, 2012? Then click here.
  • For a PDF copy of the "Making Transportation Decisions on a Local Level" presentation that was held on Monday, February 4, 2013, please click here. For the audio of the presentation, please click here. (Unfortunately, due to technical difficulties, the speakers were not filmed, but the audio is available.)
  • 2035 Long Range Transportation Plans (May 13, 2009)
  • 2035 Long Range Transit Plan (September 2009) (Part 1 of 2)
  • 2035 Long Range Transit Plan (September 2009) (Part 2 of 2)
  • Questions and Answers about Bicycle and Pedestrian Issues - Complied April 3, 2013
  • For a copy of the American Planning Association's Brown Bag Lunch presentation titled "Supporting Walkable Neighborhood Business Districts," click here.
  • For the "Slower, Safer Streets" article from Dutchess County Planning & Development, please click here.
  • For the article titled "What Happens When a Town Puts People Before Cars?" from Atlantic Cities, please click here.
  • For the article "The True Cost of Unwalkable Streets," please click here.
  • For the article "Key to safer roads is identified in California study" from Better! Cities & Towns, please click here.
  • For the dissertation titled "Safe Streets, Livable Streets: A Positive Approach to Urban Roadside Design," please click here.
  • For the article "Safety in Numbers: Area Major Cities the Safest Places in the United States?" from the Annals of Emergency Medicine, please click here.
  • For the article "What Can We Learn about Road Safety from the Dutch?" from Project for Public Spaces, please click here.
  • For the article "Is traffic always bad?" from Strong Towns, please click here.

Zoning and Planning Tools

  • For information about Form-Based Codes, click here for a link to the presentation given by Lee Einsweiler, Principal at Code Studio, on March 15, 2012. Click here for a pdf of the presentation.


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