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Development Project Review Walkthrough

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Attention: This page only contains information for major development projects, such as commercial or multi-family projects. For information about single-family dwellings, two-family dwellings, or other small projects, visit the Permits page.

Process At A Glance:

For Commercial and Multi-Family Projects that involve new land disturbance, applicants must follow the application process below.

In almost all cases, large development projects are handled using the following workflow. However, in some specialized, long-term development circumstances, special Development Agreements may be used. Learn more about Development Agreements.

Development Project Application Walkthrough 

Step 1: Applicant submits application

Application Submittal Requirements - The Technical Review Team (TRT) requires that all applications follow the Town's standard submittal requirements, outlined in the document below.

Application Forms

Note: For some projects, we recommend that applicants meet with Planning and Sustainability staff for a "Pre-application Meeting" before submitting applications. Contact Planning and Zoning to set up a meeting.


Step 2: Public information meeting

A public information meeting is held to share information about the proposed project and to provide the opportunity for community members to ask questions. The current development planner assigned to your project will organize and provide notice of the meeting.

 

Step 3: Application review by the Town's Technical Review Team

The Technical Review Team (TRT) is comprised of staff from the Town of Chapel Hill, Orange County, and other agencies. The TRT reviews larger-scale development applications approved by the Council or Advisory Boards/Commissions. 

Application Review Schedule - The TRT follows a "Technical Review Schedule" which outlines the monthly application submittal deadlines. The deadline for new application submittals is the fourth Thursday of each month. 

This schedule allows for a six-week review process that ends with a staff/applicant meeting. 

 

If your project does not require Town Council approval:

If your project requires Town Council approval:

Step 4: Application review by Advisory Board/Commissions 

Some projects can be reviewed and approved by Advisory Boards/Commissions while other projects must be approved by the Town Council; if your project must be approved by the Town Council, after Step 4 is complete, continue to Step 5.

The following projects are typically reviewed by Advisory Boards/Commissions

If your project can be reviewed and may be approved by Advisory Boards/Commissions, the following steps remain in the typical approval process:

  1. Advisory Board/Commission review and action
  2. Submission of a final plan application that addresses resolutions of approval
  3. Staff review and applicant revision of final application
  4. Obtain required construction authorizations from
    • Engineering Division (Engineering Construction Permit),
    • Orange County Erosion Control (Land Disturbance Permit),
    • OWASA (Authorization to Construct Water / Sewer Main)
    • NCDOT (Driveway Permit and Encroachment Agreements, if applicable)
  5. If the project is approved, the applicant may now obtain the necessary building permits from the Permits and Inspections Division. In some cases, demolition permits may be issued in advance of a building permit.

Step 5: Application review by the Town Council

The following projects are typically reviewed by Advisory Boards/Commissions:

If your project is to be reviewed and may be approved by the Town Council, the following steps remain in the typical approval process:

  1. Advisory Board/Commission review and comment
    • Community Design Commission
    • Transportation and Connectivity Advisory Board
    • Environmental Stewardship Advisory Board
    • Housing Advisory Board (for projects proposing dwelling units only)
    • Planning Commission (This is the only board required for rezoning applications)
  2. Town Council review at a Public Hearing
  3. Town Council consideration at a follow-up business meeting
  4. Submission of a final plan application that addresses resolutions of approval
  5. Staff review and applicant revision of final application
  6. Obtain required construction authorizations from
    • Engineering Division (Engineering Construction Permit),
    • Orange County Erosion Control (Land Disturbance Permit),
    • OWASA (Authorization to Construct Water / Sewer Main)
    • NCDOT (Driveway Permit and Encroachment Agreements, if applicable)
  7. If the project is approved, the applicant may now obtain the necessary building permits from the Inspections Division. In some cases, demolition permits may be issued in advance of a building permit. 
    • Please be advised that large certain structures require review and approval by the North Carolina Department of Insurance BEFORE a building permit application can be submitted to the Inspections Division

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