What is Charting Our Future?

Charting Our Future is a unique Town project designed to chart the next course; to think about what the future holds for Chapel Hill. The project will unfold in two phases. The first phase will hone the Future Land Use Map (FLUM), which is called the Land Use Plan in Chapel Hill 2020, the Town’s Comprehensive Plan.  This phase  should be complete by the end of the year, when the Town Council will adopts the new map as an amendment to Chapel Hill 2020.

The second phase will rewrite the Town’s Land Use Management Ordinance (LUMO), with the overall goal of improving the town’s land use tools and processes so that they are more predictable, functional, and intentional.

Why does the Land Use Plan in Chapel Hill 2020 Need to be Refined?

In April 2017, the Town Council began a project to rewrite the Land Use Management Ordinance and to refine the Future Land Use Map (FLUM). The Land Use Management Plan is more than thirty years old and needs to be rewritten.  The FLUM will help guide the Ordinance rewrite by documenting which areas of the town are not expected to change and act as a guide for future decisions in areas of opportunity.

How Will the FLUM be Used?

The FLUM is the first step of the overall process to rewrite the Town’s Land Use Management Ordinance. The goal is to create a map that incorporates current land use, gives direction as land use decisions are considered, and also reflects Town’s Strategic Goals, which include:

Connected Community

To create a highly connected community where bicycling, walking, and transit are convenient, everyday choices for our neighborhoods, businesses, and public spaces.

Economic and Financial Stability

To steward public assets and support a vibrant economy where there is opportunity for jobs and entrepreneurship that positions Chapel Hill for the future.

Safe Community

To preserve and protect life and property through the fair and effective delivery of Town services.

Affordable Housing

To increase the availability of and access to housing for households and individuals with a range of incomes, from those who are homeless to those in middle‐income households.

Vibrant and Inclusive Community

To enrich the lives of those who live, work, and visit Chapel Hill by building community and creating a place for everyone.

Environmental Stewardship

To strategically manage the Town’s infrastructure and natural environment by promoting resiliency and sustainability.

Project Area

The graphic below shows the areas to be studied during the FLUM Refinement Project.   This Project gives the Town the Opportunity to knit together previous planning efforts, examine gateways into Town, and provide cohesion between existing areas of development along major corridors.

What is a Future Land Use Map?

A Future Land Use Map (FLUM) is a tool to manage future growth, implement the community vision, and identify areas to be preserved and areas of opportunity. The FLUM  reflects a broad range of land uses, including residential; commercial; mixed use; industrial; and open space.

Typically, FLUMs are components of comprehensive plans, and Chapel Hill 2020 includes a Land Use Plan.  This refined FLUM will replace the Land Use Plan and will help to implement the vision of Chapel Hill 2020 (adopted in 2012).

How Can I Stay Involved?

One goal of the FLUM is to support the Town’s values, honor the community’s desires to protect what it loves most about the Town, and add what it needs to be successful now and into the future.

None of that can happen without you.

Throughout this process, the Town will hold informational meetings, workshops, and other events to present various, focused land use scenarios that have the potential to support Town values and policy goals. These events will give you the opportunity to learn about feasible land use options, gain an understanding of the inherent tradeoffs that come with making land use decisions, and give feedback on the scenarios presented.

Use the check list below to make sure you’re staying “in the know.”

Check List


See the Events Page for updates on events and project milestones.