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Neighborhood Conservation District (NCD) Zoning Overlays

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The following provides an overview of Neighborhood Conservation Districts in the Town of Chapel Hill. 

Contact Information
Office of Planning and Sustainability

Town Hall, 1st and 3rd Floor
405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514


Phone: 919-969-5066


What is a Neighborhood Conservation District (NCD) Zoning Overlay?

Neighborhood Conservation District (NCD) Zoning Overlay is a set of land use regulations that is applied to a specific neighborhood as a zoning overlay.

The designation is used by the Chapel Hill Town Council to protect distinctive neighborhood characteristics and is useful in areas that contribute significantly to the overall character and identity of the Town, but may lack sufficient historical, architectural or cultural significance at the present time to be designated as a Historic District.

For more information about NCD Zoning Overlays, see the documents below:



NC Senate Bill 25: Impact on Neighborhood Conservation Districts 

Due to the enactment of North Carolina Session Law 2015-86, which became law on June 19, 2015, some elements including bedroom to bathroom ratios and fence design of Neighborhood Conservation Districts are no longer enforceable. The following Neighborhood Conservation Districts are affected:

  • CD-1: Northside
  • CD-2: Greenwood
  • CD-3: Kings Mill/Morgan Creek
  • CD-4: Pine Knolls
  • CD-5: Mason Farm/Whitehead Circle
  • CD-8A and CD-8B: Glen Lennox
  • CD-9: Little Ridgefield

Senate Bill 25: Additional Information 



What is the status of Neighborhood Conservation Districts? 

On February 20, 2012, the Council passed a resolution to temporarily suspend the development of NCD zoning overlays, but to continue with the development of NCD zoning overlays for neighborhood that had already submitted petitions (this includes the Elkin Hills and Little Ridgefield neighborhoods).  


Where are established Neighborhood Conservation District (NCD) Zoning Overlays in Chapel Hill?

Click on these links to find more information about Chapel Hill's Neighborhood Conservation Districts:

The following is a map of the established Neighborhood Conservation Districts in Chapel Hill. Click here for a copy of the map.

NCD_map Feb 2017  

Are you planning any new construction or additions to a property within a Neighborhood Conservation District?

Any new construction or additions must comply with your neighborhood's Neighborhood Conservation District regulations.

If you have questions, please contact the Town's Development Services Division at 919-969-5066. The Development Services Desk is located on the 1st floor of Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill, 27514.


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  • For more information about other Special Protection Areas in Chapel Hill, click here.

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