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Comprehensive Plan

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The Chatham County Comprehensive Plan was adopted November 20th 2017 after careful analysis, extensive public input, many meetings, and thorough vetting over the course of two years. To learn more about how the plan was developed click here.

The Chatham County Comprehensive Plan is a long range document establishing policy that sets forth goals and feasible implementation steps for the next 25 years. The document is split into 5 Chapters and has an extensive digital appendices.

  The first chapter describes the development of the plan.Comprehensive Plan Logo
The second chapter explains Chatham’s need for a Comprehensive Plan. 
The third Chapter is the framework of the plan outlining the vision, goals and future land use.
The fourth chapter details policy recommendations and strategies for the 10 elements of the plan. 
The fifth chapter identifies short and medium term actions that work to accomplish goals. 

To download the Chatham County Comprehensive Plan adopted November 20th, 2017 click here

Digital Appendix


Future Land Use and Conservation Map 

Located on Page 45 of the adopted document with the following language:

“This map is a guide showing the intended future land use pattern using various land use areas. Land use areas (or ‘place types’) differ from zoning districts in that they generally define the community’s expectations. Each can be translated into one or more zoning districts; however, only the provisions of the zoning ordinance are enforceable. Though each land use areas is geographically delineated on the map, strict adherence to the Land Use and Conservation Plan in making land use decisions is not recommended. Instead, when making decisions about specific sites or contemplating new initiatives, decision makers are encouraged to use the map as a guide while taking into account economic, environmental, and social factors. Zoning parcels in a manner that is consistent with the Land Use and Conservation Plan is one of the most effective ways of implementing Plan Chatham and realizing the vision. See the Appendix for a large version of the Future Land Use and Conservation Map. Areas in municipalities are not fully represented. See town of Pittsboro, Town of Siler City and Town of Goldston Land Use Plans for more details.”

Parks, Recreation, and Open Space Concept Plan Map

Located on page 118 & 119


The following links are not adopted, but included as reference information:

Land Use Suitability Analysis
Industrial, Commercial, Residential, and Conservation Suitability
Agricultural Suitability
Land Use Preference Activity Results
Health Priority Areas Input Maps 

Related Documents

Phase I Report
Community Profile
15-501 Market Analysis
Economic Development Strategies Memo
Public Comments/Survey Results
Big Woods Conservation Design Guide
Fiscal Impact Guidance
Chatham Transportation Existing Conditions Report


Contact Planning Department Staff with any questions regarding the Comprehensive Plan