Blue Hill Massing Study

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**The Public Information Meeting has been postponed and will not take place on October 21. In addition, the project will not be on the October 30 Town Council agenda and the public hearing will be rescheduled to a later date. Check this page for the latest on meeting dates.

WebBannerIn response to a petition from Councilmembers, the Town is conducting a Massing Study to evaluate potential modifications to the Form-Based Code for the Blue Hill District (LUMO 3.11).

Massing refers to the shape, form, and size of a building. Massing that creates a sense of human scale can contribute to the walkability of an area.

Project Purpose

Objectives for new standards around building massing in Blue Hill include:

1) Increase pedestrian connections (ability to move around buildings)
2) Increase visual permeability (ability to see around buildings)
3) Reduce visual impact of taller buildings (ability to see over and above buildings)


Upcoming Meetings

Each of the following meetings will include opportunities for public comment on the draft Massing standards

Public Information Meeting

October 21, 2019, 5:15-6:30pm, Chapel Hill Town Hall

 Community Design Commission Intro

October 22, 2019, 6:30pm, Chapel Hill Town Hall

Town Council Public Hearing

October 30, 2019, 7:00pm, Chapel Hill Town Hall

 Planning Commission Intro November 5, 2019, 7:00pm, Chapel Hill Town Hall




Council Petition - submitted to Town Council March 14, 2018. Seeking to address community interests for the Blue Hill District.

Council Work Session - June 5, 2019. Town Council discussed potential new massing standards that could achieve the purposes of the Council Petition.

Existing Standards: The Blue Hill Form-Based Code addresses massing through standards such as Height, Block size, Building step back requirements, and Building floor plate requirements.

Existing Guidance: The Blue Hill Design Guidelines describe desired approaches to Building Mass & Scale. These include varied height, varied vertical and horizontal expression lines, varied roof lines, wall setbacks, and upper story step backs. The Design Guidelines support the Community Design Commission's review of projects in the Blue Hill District.

Proposed Standards: The Town has engaged Civitech, Inc to develop and evaluate additional standards that would more effectively achieve the objectives for building massing. Recommendations will be available for public consideration in late October.

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