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Chapel Hill Comprehensive Plan from 2000

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Status: No longer current; see below for information about current comprehensive plan.

  • The Town Council adopted the Chapel Hill 2020 Comprehensive Plan on June 25, 2012.
  • For information about the current Comprehensive Plan, click here.


The 2000 Chapel Hill Comprehensive Plan (2000 to 2012)


The 2000 Comprehensive Plan was designed to set a positive course for Chapel Hill's future. Based on an analysis of where Chapel Hill was in 2000, the Plan articulated a vision and directions in which the community wanted Chapel Hill to move.

The May 2000 adoption of the Comprehensive Plan was about a 1.5 year process resulting from the efforts of the Comprehensive Plan Workgroup, the community, and Town Council. 

The Plan was organized around 12 major themes, each growing out of the community values that have been identified and which, taken together, form a strategy for Chapel Hill's future. These themes were:

  • Maintain the Urban Services Area/Rural Buffer Boundary
  • Participate in the regional planning process
  • Conserve and protect existing neighborhoods
  • Conserve and protect the natural setting of Chapel Hill
  • Identify areas where there are creative development opportunities
  • Encourage desirable forms of non-residential development
  • Create and preserve affordable housing opportunities
  • Cooperatively plan with the University of North Carolina
  • Work toward a balanced transportation system
  • Complete the bikeway / greenway / sidewalk systems
  • Provide quality community facilities and services
  • Develop strategies to address fiscal issues

The 2000 Chapel Hill Comprehensive Plan

Components of the 2000 Comprehensive Plan

Related Plans and Information

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