Station Area Planning

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Project Status: In Progress
Estimated Completion: Fall 2018 for TOD Zoning District

Upcoming Meetings

Due to weather-related conditions, all of the meetings on March 12 and 13 below have been CANCELLED and will be RESCHEDULED.

March 12, 2018 - Special Council Meeting on Planning for Light Rail -- an Overview, 5:00-6:30 PM 

March 12, 2018 - Joint Advisory Board Meeting re: Station Area Planning Zoning, 7:00-9:00 PM

  • Town Calendar Notice
  • Note: Similar to the March 13 public information meetings at 9 AM or 12 PM, this program is another option for anyone to come and learn about the zoning for Station Area Planning.

March 13, 2018 - Public Information Meeting re: Station Area Planning Zoning (option A), 9:00-11:00 AM
Public Information Meeting re: Station Area Planning Zoning (option B), 12:00-2:00 PM

Project Overview

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
  • Public art
  • 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

Relationship to Other Projects

Chapel Hill Station Area Planning is a component of the Transit Oriented Development Planning Study, managed by GoTriangle and funded by an FTA grant award.

Each of the six Chapel Hill station areas is located along the future 17.7-mile Durham Orange Light Rail Transit Project, also managed by GoTriangle.


Past Meetings

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