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    UNC Eastowne Master Plan

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    UNC Eastowne Master Plan

A Chapel Hill Gateway

UNC Health Care and the Town of Chapel Hill are partnering on a master plan to develop a gateway to the town that will be used by thousands of residents, employees and visitors every day.

UNC Health Care is developing a nearly 50-acre parcel of land at the intersection of I-40 and US 15-501 to support our mission of providing health care that is accessible, affordable and patient-centered. Through an interactive planning process including UNC Health Care, the Town of Chapel Hill and the local community, we will define a long-term vision for this area that aligns with the values expressed in the Town of Chapel Hill Strategic Plan and the 2020 Comprehensive Plan.

Stay up to date on the UNC Eastowne project by visiting this site often, attending public workshops and town meetings and providing feedback throughout this 18-month process.

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For questions or comments, please email unceastowne@unchealth.unc.edu.

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Project Phases

January 2019 - June 2020

Download a detailed project plan.

Phase 1

January - June 2019

  • UNC Eastowne Medical Office Building construction begins (approved in 2018)
  • Initiate Master Planning Process
  • Visioning

Phase 2

July - October 2019

  • Plan Scenarios

Phase 3

November 2019 - February 2020

  • Plan Refinement

Phase 4

March - June 2020

  • Final Master Plan

Upcoming Events

August 8 at 6:00 pm
Joint Advisory Board Meeting
Town of Chapel Hill Library Room B

August 16 at 9:00 am
Council Committee Meeting
Town of Chapel Hill Library Room B

September 16 at 9:00 am
Council Committee Meeting
Town of Chapel Hill Library Room B

September 25 at 7:00 pm
Town Council Meeting
Council Chambers, Town Hall

October 14 at 6:00 pm
Joint Advisory Board Meeting
Town of Chapel Hill Library Room B

October 30 at 7:00 pm
Town Council Meeting
Council Chambers, Town Hall


Past Events

Town Council Meeting, June 19

Council Chambers, Town Hall, April 4th Project Kick-off

UNC Health Care and the Town of Chapel Hill kicked off an approximately 18-month master plan process on April 4, 2019 for the Eastowne development project in Chapel Hill.

Open House PDF

Sustainability Workshop PDF

Town Council Meeting: June 19

Environmental Stewardship Advisory Board [PDF] : April 9

Housing Advisory Board [PDF]: April 9

Planning Commission Advisory Board [PDF]: April 16

Stormwater Advisory Board [PDF]: April 23

Community Design Commission Advisory Board [PDF]: April 23

Transportation Advisory Board [PDF]: April 2

Town Council Subcommittee Meeting [PDF]: May 9

Joint Advisory Board Meeting [PDF]: May 16

Frequently Asked Questions

What Is the Eastowne Master Plan Project?

UNC Health Care is developing a 48-acre Master Plan at the intersection of I-40 and US 15-501 to support its mission of providing health care that is accessible, affordable and patient-centered. Through an interactive planning process, the Master Plan project will define a long-term vision for the area that aligns with UNC Health Care’s strategic priorities of providing leadership and excellence in the interrelated areas of patient care, education and research as well as the values expressed in the Town of Chapel Hill Strategic Plan and 2020 Comprehensive Plan. The first phase of the project is a 150,000-square-foot medical office building and parking structure to relocate outpatient services from the congested main campus at UNC Medical Center to a setting with easier parking and access. This phase will be complete in fall 2020.

Who's Involved in the Master Planning Process?

UNC Health Care is collaborating with the Town of Chapel Hill and the Town Council on the Master Plan process. UNC Health Care has also presented to and involved each Town Advisory Board in the planning process. Related agencies will be engaged to research all aspects of the site, including a comprehensive traffic analysis and an environmental feasibility study. In addition, a series of public hearings will be held throughout the process to gather input from Residents and members of the business community.

What Is the Master Plan Timeline?

There are four phases to the master plan process: Phase One is Visioning, to solicit input from a variety of stakeholders to determine the preferences, priorities and goals for the site; Phase Two is Plan Scenarios, to establish a series of concept plan options that will be evaluated based on principles and goals from Phase One; Phase Three is Plan Refinement, to refine and further develop the preferred scheme from Phase Two; and Phase Four is Final Master Plan, to complete negotiations for a Development Agreement. The process is expected to take approximately 18 months with an anticipated completion date of fall 2020.

Is Part of Eastowne Considered a Natural Heritage Area?

The North Carolina Natural Heritage Program (NCNHP) is part of the Division of Land and Water Stewardship within the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. It is tasked with gathering data about North Carolina’s rare and endangered plant and animal species. In 2004, NCNHP conducted an inventory of the remaining natural areas within Orange County to identify environmentally sensitive areas. This report included over 50 natural areas, including an approximately 20-acre parcel on the Eastowne site between I-40 and Eastowne Drive. This parcel at Eastowne was designated as a “moderate level” Natural Area but is not a Registered Heritage Area or a Dedicated Natural Preserve. UNC Health Care will conduct additional environmental studies on the entire Eastowne site to identify natural areas that are of critical concern in consultation with the Town of Chapel Hill and the State.

What Feedback Is the Team Receiving?

There is a lot of enthusiasm around this project and transforming Eastowne into a place that offers world-class health care and fosters innovation, collaboration, and a sense of community. The Town staff and community have remained involved and supportive throughout the process. In addition, the providers and employees of UNC Health Care are excited to practice and work in a dynamic and engaging environment.

What Are the Benefits to the Surrounding Community?

This project is situated at an important gateway to the Town of Chapel Hill and will be used by thousands of residents, employees and visitors every day. The vision is broader than improving access to medical care and is focused on determining the highest and best use of the area. Additional opportunities and benefits will continue to develop as the project is further defined.

How Can I Get More Information on the Eastowne Master Plan?

You can find current information, upcoming public meeting dates and past meeting agendas, notes and presentations at this website or the Town of Chapel Hill’s (chplan.us/eastowne_da) website, or you can email questions to: UNCEastowne@unchealth.unc.edu

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