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Planning for Carolina North

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Planning Cycle of 2006

Chancellor Moeser formed the Leadership Advisory Committee (LAC) in early 2006 with University administrators, faculty, and technical experts augmented by representatives from Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Orange County, the Chamber of Commerce, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro School Board, Orange Water and Sewer Authority (OWASA), EmPOWERment, Inc., and the State of North Carolina. The LAC was charged to develop consensus principles that could serve as a basis for planning for Carolina North. The LAC report was completed and submitted to the Chancellor at the end of January 2007. Planning for Carolina North by the University proceeded from that point, culminating in the University Land Use Plan (the 2007 plan for Carolina North) that was approved by the University’s Board of Trustees.

Planning in the Early 2000s

Reconsideration of the interaction between the status of the HW Airport and any development on the adjoining property led to the creation of a new land use plan in May 2004 that assumed closure of the HW Airport. A PowerPoint presentation of the 2004 plan for Carolina North is available at The Horace Williams Citizens Committee (HWCC) was formed in 2003 (in parallel with the planning that produced the 2004 plan for Carolina North). The HWCC report of March 2004 was adopted as Town policy. The University prepared a written response to this report.

Planning in the Late 1990s

As the main campus master planning process with assistance from the firm of Ayers Saint Gross (ASG) was getting under way, the University formed an advisory committee consisting of administrators, faculty, and members of the community to consider utilization of the Horace Williams Property. The product of this work was a land use plan (the 2001 plan) that assumed continued operation of the Horace Williams Airport in conjunction with development that would have occurred in both Chapel Hill and Carrboro. This plan is available online at

Planning in the Mid-1990s

Four University committees plus committees representing each of Chapel Hill and Carrboro, working with the firms of JJR Incorporated and Parson Brinckerhoff, produced a report that considered both the Horace Williams Property and the Mason Farm Property (including the area containing the Friday Center and the so-called Parker Property). The report summarizing this work was completed in 1998 and can be viewed online at

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