By Emily Drum
The University has taken another important step on the road to making its Master Plan come to life.
UNC submitted its Development Plan for campus expansion to the Chapel Hill Town Council on July 5. The town has 90 days to review the inch-thick document, and will vote on it in October.
The plan includes not only building plans, but also solutions for traffic patterns, environmental issues, town noise ordinances, storm-water management, public utilities, pedestrian circulation and historic districts.
The Development Plan comes on top of the town's July 2 approval of UNC's rezoning proposal, which places the University in a new Office/Institutional-4 zoning district.
The new district does not cap the amount of square footage that the University can develop. UNC's previous OI-3 district limited it to 14 million square feet. The University now occupies 13.6 million square feet and seeks to add approximately 5.9 million square feet as part of the Master Plan approved by the Board of Trustees in March.
Associate Vice Chancellor for Facilities Services Bruce Runberg said that all of the buildings outlined in the Development Plan meet the requirements in the Master Plan.
"Clearly, it's an all-inclusive plan and an integrative plan," Runberg said. "We basically don't have any projects in there that are unnecessary."