Current Interest Projects

The Planning Director for Orange County has initiated amendment(s) to the:

  • Orange County 2030 Comprehensive Plan (Future Land Use Map).
  • Town of Hillsborough/Orange County Central Orange Coordinated Area Land Use Plan (Future Land Use Map); and
  • Orange County Zoning Atlas.

These amendments are associated with various properties within and near the Hillsborough Economic Development district, south of Interstate 40 and north of Davis Road along Old NC 86, and are intended to optimize planned public sewer extensions and better promote properties in the area for economic development opportunities.

An on-line public information session has been scheduled for Tuesday, July 21, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.  During this meeting, staff will review the proposals and be available to address questions.  Pre-registration is required to access the meeting.  After registration, an email will be sent to you that contains a link to access the meeting.  Please retain this email as the link is unique to you and must be used to access the meeting. The link to pre-register is:[MDH21]

The Orange County Planning Board will consider recommendations on the proposed amendments at its regular August meeting, which will also be held on-line, on Wednesday August 5, 2020 beginning at 7:00 p.m.  Pre-registration is required to access the meeting.  After registration, an email will be sent to you that contains a link to access the meeting.  Please retain this email as the link is unique to you and must be used to access the meeting.  The link to pre-register is:[MDH22]

Please remember you must pre-register for each meeting separately (i.e. register for the information session and planning board meeting by using each individual link provided herein).

For those individuals who may not have internet access, there are phone-in options available.  Please contact Ms. Tina Love, Planning and Inspections Department Administrative Support, at (919) 245-2575 or email at for information on how to call into either meeting.

A formal public hearing on the proposed amendments is expected to be held by the Board of County Commissioners on September 15, 2020.  You will receive additional written notice about the public hearing closer to the actual hearing date. 

Additional information on these amendment(s) can be obtaining utilizing the following links:

You may also contact staff during regular business hours for assistance:


Pluck Farms (PIN 9820-51-5399)

Pluck farms is an agricultural operation at 6900 NC Highway 54 West within the Bingham Township of the County. 

The parcel in question is approximately 57 acres in area, further identified utilizing Orange County Parcel Identification Number (PIN) 9820-51-5399, is zoned Agricultural Residential (AR) and is listed as being owned by Mr. Eric Knight:


Staff has received the following information related to the use of this property as a farm operation:

In reviewing the property owner’s proposal, staff has issued the following advisory opinion(s) and a final and binding determination on the ‘status’ of the property:


On or about June 5, 2020 the Orange County Planning Department received a Conditional Zoning Atlas Amendment application to rezone several parcels located south of Interstate 40, west of Old NC Highway 86, within the Hillsborough Township. 

Specifically staff received an application to rezone approximately 161 acres of property to Master Plan Development (MPD) Conditional Zoning for a development, referred to as the Research Triangle Logistics Park (RTLP), on parcels identified utilizing the following Orange County Parcel Identification Numbers (PIN):

  • PIN 9863-71-8857:  an approximately 90 acre parcel of property zoned MPD-CZ, part of the Settlers Point project approved by the County in 2018, and Major Transportation Corridor (MTC) Overlay District;
  • PIN 9863-91-6573:  approximately 60 acres of an 80 acre parcel zoned MPD-CZ (i.e. part of the Settlers Point project approved by the County in 2018) Economic Development Hillsborough Limited Officer (EDH-2), and Major Transportation Corridor (MTC) Overlay District;

STAFF COMMEENT:  Approximately 20 acres of the parcel, north of Interstate 40, is not part of the application and will remain zoned as currently depicted on the official County Zoning Atlas.

  • PIN 9862-99-8894:  an approximately 12 acre parcel of property zoned Rural Residential (R-1) and Rural Buffer (RB).Map1


On January 23, 2018 the Orange County Board of Commissioners (BOCC) approved a zoning atlas amendment creating a Master Plan Development Conditional Zoning (MPD-CZ) district allowing development of Settlers Point (materials from this meeting are available at:

The MPD-CZ, composed of 10 parcels and totaling 195 acres of land, created a master planned mixed use project with two distinct development areas, specifically:

District 1 (west side of Old NC Highway 86):  Included Industrial, manufacturing, and research land uses;

NOTE:  2 of the parcel approved as part of the Settlers Point project are part of the zoning atlas application referenced above.

District 2 (ease side of Old NC Highway 86):  Included office, retail, hotel, and commercial land uses.

NOTE:  These parcels are not part of the zoning atlas application referenced above.  County staff is working with these property owners to rezone these parcels to a non MPD-CZ zoning designation.


For the last few months, County staff have been meeting with the applicant to discuss the process to rezone the 3 identified properties to a new MPD-CZ district allowing for the development of RTLP.

According to the submittal, RTLP will involve the development of: ‘ … health technology, information sciences and engineering, advanced manufacturing, light manufacturing, scientific research and laboratories, logistics, warehousing and supply chain fulfillment’ land uses.  It is anticipated the project will involve the construction of approximately 2,250,00 sq.ft. of building area housing these various land uses with vehicular access from both Service Road (SR 1223) and Davis Road (SR 1129).

As a general reminder, if the RTLP proposal is approved by the County, it will mean the Settlers Point MPD-CZ will be eliminated.  RTLP will be developed under a new set of conditions, which are mutually agreed to by the applicant and the County during the review process.

Review and action on the Project shall be in accordance with the provision(s) of Section 2.9 Conditional Districts of the UDO.  The timeline for the public review/comment of the application is as follows:

  1. July 15 or 16, 2020  – Neighborhood Information Meeting (NIM).  A NIM shall be held allowing local property owners to ask the applicant questions and for staff to provide information on the process associated with the review of the project.  Given current COVID-19 pandemic protocols, this will be an on-line meeting sponsored/administered by the applicant.  Property owners within 1,000 ft. of the subject parcels will receive a letter, from the applicant, advertising the date and time of the meeting;
  2. August 5, 2020 – Planning Board meeting to review and potentially make a recommendation on the request;
  3. September 15, 2020 – First available date for public hearing by the BOCC.

The following documents are available for review:

  • RTLP Project Narrative including the following attachment(s)/exhibit(s):
    • Exhibit A – Adjoining property owner list;
    • Exhibit B – Future Land Use Map for Orange County;
    • Exhibit C – Water/sewer urban service boundary;
    • Exhibit D – Water and Sewer Management Plan map;
    • Exhibit E – Property owner authorizations allowing applicant to apply for rezoning;
    • Exhibit F – Master Sign Plan;
    • Exhibit G – Environmental Assessment;
    • Exhibit H – Traffic Impact Analysis.
  • Master Concept Plan including:
    • Existing conditions;
    • Preliminary concept site plan;
    • Environmental features;
    • Utility locations;
    • Internal roadways;
    • Landscape/buffer plan.

NOTE:  The project narrative and concept plan(s) are being reviewed by staff and are subject to change/modification to address comment(s).  As new versions are available, they will be uploaded to the Department webpage.

Red Wolf

Site Plan

Class B Special Use Permit – Orange County Lacrosse

Orange County Planning staff has received a Class B Special Use Permit (SUP) application proposing a new lacrosse facility, Orange County Lacrosse, on Atkins Road. You are receiving this letter because property you own is within 1,000 ft. of the lacrosse property, which is further described as follows:

Parcel Identification Number (PIN)



Chakey, Pedneau, and Olive, LLC


On Atkins Road near the intersection of NC 49 and Lynch Store Road 


67.69 acres

Proposed Use

Recreational Facility (Class B SUP Required)


Agricultural Residential (AR)

Back Creek Protected Watershed

The applicant is proposing a privately-owned outdoor recreational facility for lacrosse league practice and tournaments. If approved, the facility will include the following features:

  • 6 grass lacrosse fields;
  • 281 parking spaces (72 paved and 209 gravel); and
  • A 100’ wide vegetative buffer around the perimeter of the property.

The applicant is not proposing any outdoor lighting or permanent restroom facilities (i.e., septic systems). With no lighting, the facility would operate during daylight hours only.

 There will be a Neighborhood Information Meeting (NIM) on Tuesday, December 17th. The meeting will allow neighbors to meet with the applicants and discuss the proposed project. It will also give Planning staff the opportunity to answer any questions regarding the permitting process.

 Here are the details for the Orange County Lacrosse NIM:

NIM Meeting Date

Tuesday, December 17, 2019


6:30 p.m.


Orange County Library

137 W. Margaret Lane

Hillsborough, NC 27278

After the NIM, the Orange County Board of Adjustment will hold a Quasi-Judicial Hearing to decide the Class B SUP case. We will update the website when an official hearing date is scheduled.

For more information on this project, please call Current Planning at 919-245-2574 and/or review the following documents:

NCDOT I-40 Widening Plans 

For more information please contact:

Nish Trivedi, Transportation Planner - 919-245-2582

Tom Altieri, Comprehensive Planning Supervisor - 919-245-2579

Craig Benedict, Planning and Inspections Director - 919-245-2585            


Settlers Point

Settlers Point is a Master Plan Conditional Zoning District (MPD-CZ) approved by the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) at its January 23, 2018 regular meeting.  Minutes from this meeting can be accessed at the following link:

The application involved the rezoning of approximately 195 acres of property:

From: Economic Development Hillsborough Limited Office (EDH-2) ; 
Economic Development Hillsborough Office/Retail (EDH-4) ; 
Economic Development Hillsborough Research and Manufacturing (EDH-5) ; 
Rural Residential (R-1) ; 
Major Transportation Corridor (MTC) Overlay District.

To: Master Plan Development Conditional Zoning (MPD-CZ) Settlers Point ; 
Major Transportation Corridor (MTC) Overlay District.

for a mixed use development proposing two development areas further identified as follows:

1. District 1 Light Industrial/Manufacturing and Research – The district is located west of Old NC 86 accessed via Service Road and south of Interstate 40 intended to provide for light industrial/manufacturing and research operations. 

The District is approximately 148 acres in area involving 2 parcels of property (PINs 9863-71-8857 and 9863-91-6573) and is depicted within the submitted application narrative as follows:


2. District 2 Commercial – The district is located within the central most portion of the property, along    Interstate 40 intended to provide for high intensity office uses, retail, and services.

 The District is approximately 47 acres in area involving 8 parcels of property (PINs 9873-11-4636, 9873-11-5415, 9873-11-7506, 9873-11-9450, 9873-11-7247, 9873-10-7937, 9873-20-2388, and 9873-10-4310) and is depicted within the submitted application narrative as follows:


Originally there was a third district planned, south of District 2.  This District was eliminated from the proposal at the request of the applicant.

Agenda materials from this meeting can be accessed utilizing the following link:   Agenda materials for the public hearing, held on November 14, 2017, where review of the project began can be accessed utilizing the following link:

The County’s approval of the project does not mean a developer can commence land disturbing activity immediately.  The approval merely rezoned the property to a new Master Plan Development Conditional Zoning district designation and established additional development requirements/conditions for the project.  Individual development(s) will have to obtain site plan approval by County Planning staff in accordance with the Unified Development Ordinance and applicable conditions imposed by the BOCC as part of the January 23, 2018 approval.

Relevant document(s)

Wild Flora Farm / Barn of Chapel Hill

  • On Oct. 13, 2017, Orange County Planning issued a final determination on the status of the Wild Flora Farm. Below are links to relevant documents, including the determination letter to the property owners. All documents are saved as PDFs.
  • February 16, 2018 Public Records Request – Barn of Chapel Hill:  County staff received a public records request concerning an appeal application for the Barn of Chapel Hill located at 7316 Morrow Mill Road (PIN 9729-50-7168).  The appeal application involves the final determination of the Planning Director, as articulated in an October 13, 2017 letter, concerning the aforementioned parcel of property located at the intersection of Morrow Mill and Millikan Roads owned/operated by Southeast Property Group LLC (a.k.a. Wild Flora Farm) care of Ms. Kara Brewer.  The review of this item includes the Board reviewing/acting on a request from the applicant to issue subpoenas compelling the submittal of information deemed essential to the proceeding.    The following represents the County’s response to this request.  Please note it does not contain the staff prepared abstract for the Board of Adjustment, which has not been completed as of March 5, 2018.  This item will be posted on the Orange County website, under the Board of Adjustment tab on the Planning Department webpage, once completed.
  • Appeal of subpoenas issues by the Board of Adjustment – Late on July 5, 2018 County staff was notified, via e-mail, the Board of Adjustment’s decision to issue subpoenas for information concerning the Barn of Chapel Hill had been appealed to Superior Court.

  • Subpoena Response

  • Motion to Quash and Modify

    • Background:  At its May 7, 2018 regular meeting the Board of Adjustment began review of an appeal involving a determination made by the Orange County Planning Department concerning the Barn of Chapel Hill Property.  This appeal included requests, submitted by the applicant’s attorney, that the Board issue subpoenas to the following entities:
1.        Southeast Property Group, LLC,
2.        Wild Flora Farms, LLC,
3.        The Barn of Chapel Hill, LLC,
4.        Kara Brewer a/k/a Kara M. Brewer, and
5.        Chris Brewer

requesting information submitted/caused to be submitted to the North Carolina Department of Revenue and/or to Orange County regarding alleged eligibility/compliance with the provisions of N.C.G.S. 153-340, 105-164.13E(a), 105-277.3. 
A copy of the issued subpoenas can be access here: Subpoenas

  • As a reminder the appeal is related to an October 12, 2017 determination made by staff a structure located on the aforementioned property is classified as a bona fide farm purpose pursuant to the provisions of NCGS 153A-340 (b) (2a) and is not subject to the land use regulations as embodied within the Orange County Unified Development Ordinance (UDO).
  • The Board issued the requested subpoenas and asked for all requested documents be submitted at the July 9, 2018 regular meeting.  The Board of Adjustment is scheduled to continue the hearing at its August 13, 2018 regular meeting.

  • As indicated this decision (i.e. to issue the subpoenas) has been appealed to Orange County Superior Court.  Please note County staff has no involvement with the review of this request through the court system and cannot offer updates on when said appeal will be heard or acted upon.  Additional information shall be posted when it becomes available.

  • Public Statement on Wild Flora Farm LLC / Southeast Property Group LLC continued enforcement efforts

  • On August 9, 2019 the following court document was filed entitled, “Petitioners Notice of Voluntary Dismissal without Prejudice”. Those interested in the notice can read the document below and the related letter from Orange County Planning Department dated April 22, 2019 entitled, “Zoning Determination”.

Holly Creek Lane - Operation of a Recreational Facility

  • County staff received a public records request concerning the on-going review of the purported operation of a Recreational Facility, specifically a cricket league.  The parcel, further identified utilizing Orange County Parcel Identification Number (PIN) 9758-52-5171, is an approximately 16 acre parcel of property located at the intersection of Old Greensboro Highway and Holly Creek lane within the Bingham Township of Orange County. 
  • The use of a parcel of property for personal recreational activities is not prohibited.  In those instances where a recreational land use is open to members of the general public for some form of compensation, a Class B Special Use Permit is required allowing for the activity to occur in accordance with the provisions of the Orange County Unified Development Ordinance (UDO). 
  • Staff determined in the fall of 2017 a Class B Special Use Permit (hereafter ‘SUP’) would be required to allow for cricket events to occur on the property as these events were part of a formal league operating within the area.  The property owner has been in contact with staff on the possible appeal of this determination as well as requesting information on the submittal and processing of a SUP application allowing for the cricket matches, connected to a league, to continue from the property.  The file (171 pages) represents all correspondence on this matter.  As of April 2, 2018 no appeal or SUP application have been submitted to the County for processing.

NC-54 Corridor

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