Chatham County Comprehensive Plan
Chatham County, NC
Chatham County, NC
One of North Carolina’s largest counties geographically, Chatham County is relatively undeveloped. It is situated at the southern edge of the Triangle Region, one of the fastest-growing metropolitan areas of the US. Known for its thriving agriculture and scenic rural landscape, Chatham offers an alternative to the urbanizing environments of its neighboring counties of Wake and Orange, which are home to Raleigh and Chapel Hill, respectively. The Comprehensive Plan was developed to help County leaders manage change due to increasing development pressures. Protecting the natural assets that define the county’s identity is a priority. The Plan sets forth strategies to maintain the special characteristics of the county while encouraging development that provides the jobs, services, housing, and amenities that the community deems necessary and appropriate, and builds the tax base to support such necessities. It also seeks to enhance the quality of life for county residents by addressing the seven dimensions of wellness. An important outcome of the planning process was the Future Land Use and Conservation Map, a visual representation of the future development pattern that the community supports.
As a subconsultant to LandDesign, Nealon’s role included assistance with land use analysis, creation of the Future Land Use and Conservation Map, and conceptual development design; preparation of recommendations and implementation strategies pertaining to land use, zoning, and community health and well-being; and Conservation Map, direction of conceptual development design, preparation of land use recommendations and implementation strategies, strategies for addressing community health and well-being in all plan elements, and assistance with presentations to elected and appointed boards.
Proposed Future Land Use and Conservation Plan