Current Interest Projects

Notice of Virtual Public Outreach Meeting on the Buckhorn Area Plan Study Next Steps – Outreach Focus Areas “A” and “B”


An upcoming public online meeting has been scheduled for Monday, May 17 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM pertaining to the continuation of the coordinated efforts between Orange County and the City of Mebane on the Buckhorn Area Plan (a.k.a. Buckhorn Study).


The purpose of this public outreach meeting is to:

  • Continue engagement with the community as a follow-up to previous Buckhorn Area Plan Study meetings;
  • Communicate that Areas “A” and “B” are to be the focus for outreach and planning coordination between Orange County and the City of Mebane;
  • Provide additional context for Outreach Focus Areas “A” and “B”; and
  • Collect public comments and common questions to guide the development of a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document for the public and Orange County Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) information.

The online public outreach meeting, using the Zoom platform, will start with a brief staff presentation and then will allow attendees to provide comments and questions.  Participants who wish to speak will be limited to three (3) minutes for questions and/or comments.

The Planning Department will not be answering questions in real-time during the Public Outreach meeting, but instead, will take the collection of questions and comments and prepare a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document for presentation to the BOCC during their June 1, 2021 Business Meeting.

In order to participate in the Public Outreach meeting, registration must be made in advance; after registering, you will receive a link via Zoom with the meeting link and details.

The online public outreach meeting, using the Zoom platform, will start with a brief staff presentation and then will allow attendees to provide comments and questions.  In order to participate, registration must be made in advance, and after registering, you will receive a link via Zoom with the meeting link and details.

Click here to register for the May 17, 2021 Public Outreach Meeting 

The Orange County BOCC will receive a report on the questions and comments collected as well as the final FAQ document during its June 1, 2021 Business Meeting.  To register for the June 1, 2021 Business Meeting, see the instructions on the bottom of the June 1, 2021 BOCC Agenda which can be found on their Agenda Webpage (click here) and will be posted on Friday, May 28, 2021.

For those who may not have internet access, there are phone options available to join both the Public Outreach Meeting as well as the BOCC Business Meeting.   Please contact Ms. Tina Love, Planning and Inspections Department Administrative Support, at (919) 245-2575 or email at for information on how to call-in to either meeting.

Please direct all questions and comments about Outreach Focus Areas “A” and “B” to the Planning Department’s email, . This email will accept questions and comments leading up to as well as after the Public Outreach Meeting on May 17, 2021.


More Information:

  • In order to access a digital copy of the original Buckhorn Area Plan Study from the Piedmont Triad Regional Council, please click here
  • We will post an FAQ Document after the Public Outreach Meeting here 


Major Subdivision Concept Plan Application: SUB21-0017 (Pyewacket)

Parcel ID:        9757-51-3504

Acreage:          70.79 acres

Watershed:      Haw River Protected

Location:         South of the T-junction of Jones Ferry Road and Ferguson Road at the Orange/Chatham County line


This proposal is considered a “major subdivision” because it proposes to dedicate a new public road.


The application proposes to create 9.24 acres of open space, a community well and a public road, Pyewacket Trail, off of Jones Ferry Road in Orange County. The road, well and open space will serve the Pyewacket subdivision in Chatham County. All habitable subdivision lots in the Pyewacket subdivision will be on the Chatham County side.


Notes from the Neighborhood Information Meeting (NIM), held on April 20, 2021 

The Orange County Planning Board will review and make a recommendation on this proposal on Wednesday, May 5, 2021 at 7:00 pm. Consistent with the County’s COVID-19 protocol, the meeting will be held online. You can attend the meeting (online or via phone) or submit written comments to the Planning Board.  

To attend the meeting (online or via phone): 
On April 28, 2021, staff will post the full agenda for the upcoming Planning Board meeting online. You will be able to access the agenda on the Agenda Center page here:

From there, click on the agenda packet for May 5, 2021 (once posted), which will include the agenda and instructions on how to sign up and attend the meeting online. If you do not have internet access, you can call into the meeting instead. After April 28th, please contact Ms. Tina Love at (919) 245-2575 for the meeting call-in number and access code. 


To submit written comments: 
You can send written public comments via email to by 3:00 pm on May 5, 2021. Please include “Pyewacket Concept Plan” in the subject line of your email. Emails sent to this address are viewable on Google Groups at You can also mail or drop off written comments at the Planning Department, which staff will scan and post to the Google Group listed above. Here is the address:

Orange County Planning & Inspections
131 W. Margaret Lane, 2nd Floor
Hillsborough, NC 27278    

Pyewacket Neighborhood Information Meeting Question and Answer Video

Pyewacket Revised Concept Plan (Orange County) 

Pywacket Concept Plan (Chatham County)

Planning Board Notification Letter

Site Assessment

Orange County Planning Contact: 

Molly Boyle, Planner II


Array Subdivision SUB20-0016

Major elements of the proposed subdivision are as follows:

Orange County Planner:                             Molly Boyle, Planner II

Applicant:                                                    Jodi Bakst, Real Estate Experts

Owner:                                                          Stephen and Sharon Burt

Property ID Numbers (PINs):                      9840-43-5353; and 9840-33-0969

Total Property Size:                                      55.58 acres 

Location:                                                       Orange Grove Road (north of Fern Creek Lane)

Zoning:                                                          Rural Residential (R-1)

Watershed:                                                   Not in a protected or critical watershed

 The Subdivision Proposes:

  • 12 new single-family residential lots (with one additional 13th lot via recombination); 
  • 56% (31.1 acres) of the site held in Open Space to be held and maintained a HOA;
  • Single-family lots ranging in size from 1.4 - 2.2 acres; and 
  • One lot with access via Orange Grove Road, and 12 lots accessed via a new private road (Class A with 18 feet wide road with gravel and/or asphalt within a 50 Foot wide right-of-way).

19-018 C3-0 2020-06-26

Site Assessment 

NIM Notice

Final Map Based on Wetlands Determination


19-018 X-C Color Site Plan 2020-06-29