2000 Comprehensive Plan


The Town Council adopted a new Chapel Hill 2020 Comprehensive Plan on June 25, 2012.

For information about this new Comprehensive Plan and the public process that produced it, click here.


The 2000 Chapel Hill Comprehensive Plan (2000 to 2012)


The 2000 Comprehensive Plan is designed to respond to that challenge by setting a positive course for Chapel Hill's future. Based on an analysis of where Chapel Hill is today, the Plan articulates a vision and directions in which we want the community to move. It suggests the ways in which we can invest in our community and build value for the 21st century. And, most importantly, the Plan focuses on specific actions that will help us achieve the future we desire. The May 2000 adoption of the Comprehensive Plan was about a 1.5 year process resulting from the efforts of the Comprehensive Plan Workgroup, public and Town Council. 

The Plan is organized around 12 major themes, each growing out of the community values that have been identified and which, taken together, form a strategy for Chapel Hill's future. These themes are:

  • Maintain the Urban Services Area/Rural Buffer Boundary
  • Participate in the regional planning process
  • Conserve and protect existing neighborhoods
  • Conserve and protect the natural setting of Chapel Hill
  • Identify areas where there are creative development opportunities
  • Encourage desirable forms of non-residential development
  • Create and preserve affordable housing opportunities
  • Cooperatively plan with the University of North Carolina
  • Work toward a balanced transportation system
  • Complete the bikeway / greenway / sidewalk systems
  • Provide quality community facilities and services
  • Develop strategies to address fiscal issues

The 2000 Chapel Hill Comprehensive Plan

Components of the 2000 Comprehensive Plan

Related Plans and Information

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