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Check out Park on the Hill! The Town and the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership re-launched this important parking resource that includes all new ways to learn about parking options in Downtown.


Examining parking in Downtown is a key component of the Downtown Work Plan. The Town has multiple efforts underway to improve, adjust and enhance parking in Downtown:

 Effort Description  Status 
New parking meters New parking meters are being installed consistent with Durham and Raleigh's downtown meters.  New meters installed Spring 2018
Downtown Ambassadors
Town employees previously engaged in monitoring parking decks and lots now serve as Downtown Ambassadors.
Downtown Streets and Sidewalks Study Phase 2 of this study includes an examination of the current parking environment and research on in lieu parking programs. Deliverables will include a current parking inventory, parking space utilization counts, and current and future demand recommendations.  Phases 1 and 2 are ongoing
In lieu parking program research The Planning Department is researching in lieu parking programs as a tool to further utilize to meet parking demand Downtown.   Ongoing 
Property owner agreements Ongoing relationship building and agreement negotiations with property owners and UNC to increase shared parking in Downtown. One example is The Central (formerly CVS) parking deck at 125 E. Rosemary St.
Wallace Deck renovations  Examining opportunities within the Wallace Deck for upgrades and expansion.  Pending 
Amber Alley signage experiment  Add pedestrian level art signage to test whether this assists pedestrian navigating between the Wallace Deck and E. Franklin St. through Amber Alley.  Signs installed December, 2017; evaluation in progress 
Courtyard parking area improvements Examining opportunities for improvement to the Courtyard parking area on S. Roberson St. Ongoing 
Residential parking permit improvements The Police Department is examining the current Residential Parking Permits for neighborhoods adjacent to Downtown.  Ongoing 
Downtown parking marketing
Lots to Love Campaign relaunches parking options and meters in Downtown. 
Downtown parking data dashboard
The new parking meters have improved data outputs which the Town will stream into a data dashboard.
In Progress


New Downtown Ambassadors are available to help with everything from parking meter operations to directions.

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