During the development of the Chapel Hill 2020 comprehensive plan, the community participated in focused discussions about six specific areas of Town which were referred to as the “Future Focus Discussion Areas.” These areas were identified as the areas most likely to change in the future due to vacant land, underdeveloped sites, and their locations along transportation and transit corridors.
One area that was identified as a “Future Focus Discussion Area” was the area located near the intersection of Ephesus Church Road and Fordham Boulevard. This area was also the subject of a small area plan passed by the Town Council in February of 2011, which identified opportunities for new uses and connections in the area.
The Town has been awarded a technical grant from the Mayors Innovation Project to develop a new approach to zoning in the area surrounding the intersection of Ephesus Church Road and Fordham Boulevard that would include performance measures and standards reflective of the community’s interests. Gathering community input about future enhancements to this area is a priority for the implementation of the Chapel Hill 2020 comprehensive plan; therefore, the Ephesus Church Road/Fordham Boulevard Focus Area process began in late September of 2012.
The purpose of the Ephesus Church Road/Fordham Boulevard area process is for the community to provide their ideas and thoughts about appropriate uses for the area (such as residential, commercial, office, mixed-use, etc.), the form (what the area and buildings should look like), and the intensity (how many new uses and buildings are comfortable for the area). The community’s thoughts and ideas will form the basis for new zoning regulations for this area.
All community members are invited to participate in the process and provide input. If you are interested in being a part of this process, please contact Eric Feld, Current Development Planner, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 919-968-2728.