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Pine Knolls Neighborhood Conservation District (CD-4)

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The Pine Knolls Neighborhood has been designated by the Town Council as a Neighborhood Conservation District zoning overlay.

Notice: Some elements of the Pine Knolls Neighborhood Conservation District are no longer enforceable by the Town due to the enactment of North Carolina Session Law 2015-86, which became law on June 19, 2015.


The Pine Knolls Neighborhood was the fourth neighborhood in Chapel Hill to become a Neighborhood Conservation District; therefore, it is referenced as CD-4.

The following is a map of the Pine Knolls Neighborhood Conservation District zoning overlay:

Pine Knolls NCD Map


What is a Neighborhood Conservation District Zoning Overlay?

Neighborhood Conservation District (NCD) Zoning Overlay is a set of land use regulations that is applied to a specific neighborhood as a zoning overlay. Any new construction or additions must comply with the Neighborhood Conservation District regulations.

For more information about NCD zoning overlays, click here.


Pine Knolls Neighborhood Conservation District and Design Guidelines

On June 12, 2006, the Town Council amended the Zoning Atlas to include the Pine Knolls Neighborhood Conservation District Zoning Overlay. On January 9, 2012, and again on June 25, 2012, the Pine Knolls Neighborhood Conservation District regulations were amended in conjunction with the creation of the Northside and Pine Knolls Community Plan.

Are you planning any new construction or additions to a property within the Pine Knolls Neighborhood Conservation District?

Any new construction or additions must comply with the Pine Knolls Neighborhood Conservation District regulations.

If you have questions, please contact the Town's Development Services Division at 919-969-5066. The Development Services Desk is located on the 1st floor of Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill, 27514.

Permits Needed for Construction

For any type of construction (including additions and renovations) to your house or property, it is most likely necessary to obtain a permit from the Development Services Division of the Office of Planning and Sustainability. Prior to beginning any work on your property, please contact the Development Services Division.

For the Staff Evaluation Form, click here: Regulations and Standards Application for Single-Family

In general:

  • Projects that add less than 250 square feet of floor area require a Single-family Zoning Compliance Permit (some projects may only need a Single-family Express Zoning Compliance Permit).
  • Projects adding more than 250 square feet of floor area or proposing demolition need approval from the Town’s Planning Board and should use the form for NCD Site Plan Review.
  • Projects adding more than 600 square feet of floor area must first present a Concept Plan to the Town’s Community Design Commission using the form for NCD Concept Plan Review and must also obtain approval of a Site Plan from the Town’s Planning Board as described above.

Submittal Deadlines for Commissions

  • For Pine Knolls submittal deadlines for the Planning Commission, click here.
  • For Pine Knolls submittal deadlines for the Community Design Commission, click here.


For more information:

  • For more information about the Northside and Pine Knolls Community Plan, click here.
  • For a copy of the staff memorandums to Town Council:    
  • Memorandum titled "Proposed Rezoning to Create a Neighborhood Conservation District for the Pine Knolls Neighborhood" - June 12, 2006 - click here.
  • Memorandum titled "Consideration of Northside and Pine Knolls Community Plan and Proposed Amendments to the Northside and Pine Knolls Neighborhood Conservation Districts" - January 9, 2012 - click here.
  • Memorandum titled "Consider Amendments to the Land Use Management Ordinance, the Northside and Pine Knolls Neighborhood Conservation Districts and the Comprehensive Plan" - June 25, 2012 - click here.

  • For more information about other Special Protection Areas in Chapel Hill, click here.



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