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Purefoy Road Apartments

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Site Plan Review

The Town has received a Site Plan Review Application from Coulter Jewell Thames to demolish an existing one story building and add two new multi-family buildings to the 1.37 acre property. The revised application is currently under review by staff.

Purefoy Apartments Revised

Applicant: Coulter Jewell Thames on Behalf of Ken Gorfkle

Property Location: 111 Purefoy Road

Project #: 16-106

Property ID's: Orange County PIN 9788-41-9609

Proposed Floor Area: 10,528 S.F.

Proposed Units: 7

Zoning: Residential - 4 (R-4), Mason Farm/Whitehead Circle Neighborhood Conservation District (CD-5)



 Review Schedule: 

Event Date Location and Time or Note
Application Submitted 10-12-2016  NA
Public Information Meeting 11-16-2016 First Floor Conference Room, Town Hall
Revised Application Submitted  5-26-2017 NA
Public Information Meeting 6-29-17 First Floor Conference Room, Town Hall - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Public Information Meeting 7-13-17 First Floor Conference Room, Town Hall - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Revised Application Submitted

2-9-18  NA 
Public Information Meeting 3-1-18 

Location: Kehillah Synagogue. 1200 Mason Farm Road. Chapel Hill, NC 27514.

Room: Chapel  

Time: 6:00pm to 7:30pm  

Revised Application Submitted 4-30-18 NA
Public Information Meeting 5-16-18

Location: Kehillah Synagogue. 1200 Mason Farm Road. Chapel Hill, NC 27514.

Room: Chapel  

Time: 6:00pm to 7:30pm 

Planning Commission Review 9-26-18 Council Chambers, Town Hall - 7:00pm
Board of Adjustment Appeal 1-3-19 Council Chambers, Town Hall - 7:00pm (POSTPONED TO 2-21-19)
Board of Adjustment Appeal 2-21-19 Council Chambers, Town Hall - 6:30pm (Calendar link)



Site Plan Review Revised Application 4-30-18

Site Plan Review Revised Application 2-9-18

Site Plan Review Revised Application 5-26-17

Public Information Request 11-4-2016

Site Plan Review Application 10-12-2016


Meeting dates are subject to change, please confirm that this item is on the agenda of the meeting you are planning on attending. The Town Council's agenda can be confirmed on the Council Meeting Agendas, Minutes and Videos page and Advisory Board agendas can be confirmed on the Advisory Board Agendas & Minutes page. Agendas are typically posted the Friday before the meeting.


Additional Information:

Review Process: This application was originally submitted in October of 2016 and resubmitted in May of 2017. The applicant has now submitted a revised application in response to review comments, as well as feedback from previous public meetings. The next steps for this application are listed below:

  • Staff Review: As a part its review of the revised application, staff will review it for compliance with all applicable elements of Town Code, including the LUMO [Land Use Management Ordinance] and the NCD [Neighborhood Conservation District] and produce additional comments and conditions as appropriate. Once staff review is complete, the applicant may request that the application be placed on the Planning Commission’s agenda
  • Planning Commission Review - Not scheduled at this time: The Planning Commission meets on the first and third Tuesdays of each month at 7:00pm. A postcard mailing will be mailed at least 3 weeks in advance of the meeting.
  • Staff Report: In advance of a meeting, staff will prepare a report to the Planning Commission that details the applications compliance, or non-compliance, with the LUMO and present a recommendation to the Planning Commission based strictly on the application’s compliance. This report would be available about one week in advance of the meeting.
  • Planning Commission Decision: The Planning Commission is charged with considering the application and recommendations from staff, materials and presentation from the applicant, and comments made by members of the public. The Commission would then make a decision as to the application’s compliance with the LUMO. An application of this scale may require more than one meeting before the Commission takes action.

 Comparison of Applications: 


Original Submittal 10/17/16

Second Submittal 5/26/17

 Third Submittal 2/9/18

Number of Buildings

3 (2 new)

2 (1 new)

 2 (2 new – existing house proposed to be removed)

Number of Units




Number of Bedrooms




Total Floor Area in square feet

13,495 S.F.

12,557 S.F.

10,528 S.F.

Number of Parking Spaces




Land Disturbance within lot lines in square feet (Subject to 40,000 SF limit)

Application reported 45,004 S.F.*

33,258 S.F.

33,348 S.F.

Land Disturbance within Right of Way (ROW) in square feet

Application did not report.*

5,085 S.F.

4,947 S.F.

Total Onsite + ROW Land Disturbance in square feet

Application reported 53,281 S.F.*

38,343 S.F.

38,265 S.F.

Total Impervious Surface in square feet

18,942 S.F.

20,180 S.F.

20,302 S.F.

Maximum Building Height

30 feet

30 feet

27 feet

Buffer width on South Property Line (Adjacent to existing single family, low density residential)

10 feet

10 Feet, Setback 10 feet from property line to preserve existing bamboo (20 foot total width)

10 feet, Setback 10 feet from property line to preserve existing bamboo (20 foot total width)

Landscape Buffer Planting Density /Number of Buffer Plantings on South Property Line

Type B: 13 large trees, 23 small trees, 39 shrubs

Type B: 13 large trees, 23 small trees, 39 shrubs

Type B: 13 large trees, 23 small   trees, 39 shrubs

Closest portion of new building to South Property Line

83 feet

83 feet

30 feet

Closest portion of parking lot to South Property Line

10 feet

33 feet

48 feet

Trees Removed / Preserved

19 removed / 31 Preserved

15 removed / 35 preserved (including 48” Bald Cyprus near south property line)

14 removed / 36 preserved (including 48” Bald Cyprus near south property line)

Stormwater Detention and Treatment

Above Ground Treatment, below ground detention.

Below Ground

Below Ground

 *These figures were reported incorrectly by the applicant in the original application.

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