Northside Neighborhood Conservation District (CD-1)

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The Northside Neighborhood has been designated by the Town Council as a Neighborhood Conservation District zoning overlay.

The Northside Neighborhood was the first neighborhood in Chapel Hill to become a Neighborhood Conservation District; therefore, it is referenced as CD-1.

The following is a map of the Northside Neighborhood Conservation District zoning overlay:

 Map of Northside


What is a Neighborhood Conservation District 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. Any new construction or additions must comply with the Neighborhood Conservation District regulations.

For more information about NCD zoning overlays, click here.


Northside Neighborhood Conservation District and Design Guidelines

On February 23, 2004, the Town Council amended the Zoning Atlas to include the Northside Neighborhood Conservation District Zoning Overlay. On January 9, 2012, and again on June 25, 2012, the Northside Neighborhood Conservation District regulations were amended in conjunction with the creation of the Northside and Pine Knolls Community Plan.


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

Any new construction or additions must comply with the Northside Neighborhood Conservation District regulations.

If you have questions, please contact the Town's Development Services Divisionat 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.


Permits Needed for Construction

For any type of construction (including additions and renovations) to your house or property, it is most likely necessary to obtain a permit from the Development Services Division of the Office of Planning and Sustainability. Prior to beginning any work on your property, please contact the Development Services Division.

For the Staff Evaluation Form, click here: Regulations and Standards Application for Single-Family

In general:

Submittal Deadlines for Commissions

  • For Northside submittal deadlines for the Planning Commission, click here.
  • For Northside submittals for the Community Design Commission are due four (4) weeks prior to the meeting date.

Notice: Some elements of the Northside Neighborhood Conservation District are no longer enforceable by the Town due to the enactment of North Carolina Session Law 2015-86, which became law on June 19, 2015.

For more information:

  • For more information about the Northside and Pine Knolls Community Plan, click here.  
  • For a copy of the staff memorandums to Town Council:    
  • Memorandum titled "Proposed Rezoning to Create a Neighborhood Conservation District for the Northside Neighborhood" - February 23, 2004 - click here.
  • Memorandum titled "Consideration of Northside and Pine Knolls Community Plan and Proposed Amendments to the Northside and Pine Knolls Neighborhood Conservation Districts" - January 9, 2012 - click here.    
  • Memorandum titled "Consider Amendments to the Land Use Management Ordinance, the Northside and Pine Knolls Neighborhood Conservation Districts and the Comprehensive Plan" - June 25, 2012 - click here.

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


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