Update to the Chapel Hill Land Development Regulations

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Topic Area: Signage

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Signage

Possible updates to the current signage regulations focus on the incorporation of significant changes in the sign industry, including the technology and legal framework with which the industry and regulators operate. Other updates may include graphical illustrations to help applicants understand the desired sign types and outcomes. Specific areas for possible change include:

  • Clarity about prohibited signs (e.g., digital, inflatable, human, truck signs)
  • Removing limits on shape and content (e.g., trademarks)
  • Eliminating differences in sign area for illuminated signs
  • Removing the transfer of wall sign area to ground sign
  • Improving clarity, enforcement and predictability through graphics and tables

Signage is one regulatory component of a larger project which aims to update the Town's current set of land development regulations known as the "LUMO" (Land Use Management Ordinance). The LUMO is being updated so that it can be modernized and aligned with the Town's 2012 Comprehensive Plan (Chapel Hill 2020).

 Who can I contact about this topic?

       Gene Poveromo
       Development Manager
       919.969.5069 
       gpoveromo@townofchapelhill.org  

How can I view a copy of the latest draft?

  • PDF version of the January draft (coming soon)
  • See below to links for feedback on this topic
  • Earlier Drafts: June draft, October draft

How do I provide feedback about this topic?

  • Public comments are still being taken at upcoming meetings on this topic.
  • See the calendar below for a list of meetings.

What are some of the possible community benefits?

  • Quality regulations can reduce light pollution from illuminated signs.
  • Regulations that require high visibility signage can make it easier and safer for drivers to find their destination. 

What kind of feedback has there been about this topic?

 

Upcoming Town Meetings and Events

 

  1.25.16

 
  Council Public Hearing  

  • Signage

  (Click here to view calendar item)

 

How does this connect to Chapel Hill 2020?

Is there other background information about this topic?

Past Town Meeting and Events

  9.26.13   
  LUMO Stakeholder Meeting to Gather Public Input
  5:30 PM at the Library
  (Materials: presentation)

  6.15.15   
  LUMO Stakeholder Meeting to Review Public Drafts  
  1:00-2:30 PM at the Library (midday session)
  5:00-6:30 PM at the Library (evening session)
  (Materials: handoutposteroverviewpresentation)

  6.23.15 

 
  Community Design Commission Reviews:

  • Neighborhood Character Standards
  • Parking Lot Landscaping
  • Signage 

  (Materials: presentation

  7.14.15 

 
  Historic District Commission Reviews:

  • Bed and Breakfasts
  • Neighborhood Character Standards
  • Signage

  (Materials:presentation

  7.21.15 

  
  Planning Commission (All Topics)   
  (Materials: memopresentation)  

  8.13.15

 
  Planning Commission Reviews:

  • Accessory Apartments
  • Bed and Breakfasts
  • Neighborhood Character Standards
  • Signage

  (Materials: memo, presentation

  9.28.15

 
  Council Public Hearing

  • All Topics

  (Materials: memopresentation)  

  10.06.15     

  Planning Commissions Considers Recommendations For:   

  • Signage
  • Water Quality
  • Neighborhood Character Standards

  (Materials: memopresentation)

 

  10.26.15  

 

  Council Public Hearing

  • All Topics

  (Materials:  memo, presentation)  

 

  11.23.15

 

  Council Business Meeting

  • All Topics 

  (Materials: memopresentation)

 

Project Information Requests  

  7.23.15

 
  Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce
  Conference Call

  • Accessory Apartments
  • Bed and Breakfasts
  • Signage
  • Parking Lot Landscaping
  • Water Quality

  (Materials: presentation)

  7.25.15

 
  Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce,
  Conference Call

  • Accessory Apartments
  • Bed and Breakfasts
  • Signage
  • Parking Lot Landscaping
  • Water Quality

  (Materials: presentation)

  8.06.15

 
  Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce,
  Economic Development and Public Policy Committee  

  • Accessory Apartments
  • Bed and Breakfasts
  • Signage
  • Parking Lot Landscaping
  • Water Quality

  (Materials: presentation)

  9.01.15  

 
  Home Builders Association of Durham,Orange and
  ChathamCounties Land Development Committee

  • All Topics

  (Materials: presentation)

 

Click here for more information about the entire LUMO Update Project, including a full list of topic areas.

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