Note: The program from 7-9 PM on March 12th is another option to learn about the zoning for Station Area Planning.
The Town of Chapel Hill is working with GoTriangle and its consulting team to prepare appropriate concept plans and development standards for the areas around the six planned light-rail stations within town limits: Gateway, Woodmont, Friday Center Drive, Hamilton Road, Mason Farm Road and UNC Hospitals. The goal is to maximize the community benefits of new investments in transit service and promote the development of walkable neighborhoods that will enhance Chapel Hill’s existing communities. The effort began in February 2017 with several public events.
Components of station area concept plans include development opportunity sites and infrastructure needed to support access to light rail stations.
Development standards would fall under a new zoning district for Transit Oriented Development, to be incorporated into the Chapel Hill Land Use Management Ordinance (LUMO). Standards that are being developed for the Gateway Station Area could serve as a framework for additional zoning districts specific to the other five station areas in Chapel Hill.
Intended Community Benefits
The development standards for the Gateway station area are being drafted with opportunities for the following potential community benefits in mind:
Affordable housing and a range of housing options
Public space including gathering areas, recreational opportunities, and natural areas
Connectivity and accessibility for bicyclists/ pedestrians/ transit riders
Green building practices that minimize carbon emissions
Consideration of the gateway to Chapel Hill at 15-501 and I-40