Current Interest Projects

Conditional Zoning Application for Rougemont Self Storage (MA20-0001)

Site Information

 Parcel ID # (PIN):     0910-23-7159

 Address:                     8927 Mile Branch Road, Rougemont, NC

 Owner/Applicant:     Rougemont Storage Center, LLC

 Acreage:                     7.37 acres proposed for rezoning (parcel is 21.54 acres total)

 Proposed Land Use:  Expansion of existing self-storage facility, Rougemont Storage

 Current Zoning: 

  • NC Highway 57 Speedway Area – Rural Economic Development Area Conditional Zoning (REDA-CZ-1)
  • Agricultural Residential (AR)
  • Little River Protected Watershed Overlay District
  • Flat River Protected Watershed Overlay District 

Proposed Zoning:

  • NC Highway 57 Speedway Area – Rural Economic Development Area Conditional Zoning (REDA-CZ-1)
  • Little River Protected Watershed Overlay District
  • Flat River Protected Watershed Overlay District

 What is being proposed?

The applicant operates a self-storage facility on the property called Rougemont Storage. The storage operation is on the portion of the property in a conditional zoning district (REDA-CZ-1). The rest of the property is zoned for residential use. The applicant is seeking to rezone the residential acreage so that the entire property is in the conditional zoning district.

 If approved, this rezoning will allow the applicant to expand the existing self-storage facility. The proposed expansion includes: 

  • 22,680 sq. ft. of new impervious area, including 3 new storage buildings (11,400 sq. ft.);
  • A new on-site spray septic system; and
  • Screening from adjacent properties, including new fencing and plantings, as well as preserved vegetation.


 You can access project materials here:

 Proposed Site Plan 

Applicant’s Project Narrative


The Planning Board reviewed this application at its November 4, 2020 on-line meeting and unanimously voted to recommend approval of the application to the Board of County Commissioners, with minor modifications to the recommended conditions.  The next step of the review process is a formal public hearing held by the Board of County Commissioners.  The public hearing date is expected to be December 15, 2020 but this date is not firm until later in November.  Information on how to sign up to speak at the public hearing will be available on the agenda when it is posted. Board of County Commissioner agendas are posted here



The Orange County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 7:00 PM to begin its review of the Master Plan Development Conditional Zoning (MPD-CZ) zoning atlas amendment proposing development of Efland Station.

Due to current public health concerns, the hearing will be held on-line and pre-registration is required. The meeting will be live streamed at the following web address for those who wish to only view the meeting:

Agenda materials for the meeting will be available on Friday December 11, 2020 and can be accessed utilizing the following link:,&startDate=&endDate=&dateRange=&dateSelector

Attachment 1, the full application package for the MPD-CZ, can be viewed by clicking on the links below:

HOW DO I REGISTER TO SPEAK:  Please send an email to no later than 3:00 PM on the day of the hearing and indicate you wish to speak during the public hearing.  When submitting the request to speak, include the following: 

  • The date of the meeting;
  • The number and title of the agenda item (from the list below) you wish to speak on;
  • Your name, address, email and phone number;
  • The phone number must be the number you plan to call in from if participating by phone.

After registering to speak, an email that contains instructions and a link to sign up to access the hearing will be sent to the email address used to register.

If you do not have access to an internet-enabled computer and would like to phone in to access the hearing, please call the office of the Clerk to the Board after December 11, 2020 at 919-245-2130 and a staff member will provide you with the call-in number.

 Update on November 4: Planning and Economic Development staff have released information guides for the Efland Station project. You may view them here:

  1. Efland Station Planning & Zoning Guide
  2. Efland Station Economic Development Guide   
  3. Efland Station Applicant FAQ Sheet                                                                                          

Update on October 26: The Planning Department hosted an on-line outreach meeting from 6:00 to 7:00 p.m. Wednesday October 28, 2020 for the purpose of providing an update to interested parties on changes that have occurred to the proposal, specifically focusing on a name change for the Project, transportation/access management changes, and landscape/buffer issues.

PowerPoint Presentation Used in October 28 Outreach Meeting

Update on October 28:  The name of the project was changed from Beaver Crossing to Efland Station.  As part of the name change, the applicant has revised/updated the Project narrative and master concept plan package.  Below are the new files staff is reviewing for the Project: October 16, 2020 – Applicant Response to Staff review comments;

  1. October 28, 2020 – Efland Station Updated Project Narrative;
  2. October 28, 2020 – Efland Station Updated Exhibits;
  3. Traffic Impact Analysis:
    1. TIA Phase 1 – August 7, 2020;
    2. TIA Phase 2 – August 7, 2020;
    3. Addendum 1 – Sep 11, 2020;
    4. Addendum 2 – Sep 15, 2020;
    5. Exit 160 Weaving Analysis – Oct 8, 2020
    6. Exit 160 letter – October 21, 2020
  4. October 28, 2020 – Efland Station Master Concept Plan
  5. October 28, 2020 – Email from Applicant discussing fuel storage.  Attachments from this e-mail can be viewed here:  fuel storage information
  6. Beaver Crossing - MPD-CZ- Staff Comments - August 31, 2020

This is the most current information staff is reviewing.  This information will also be part of the November 4, 2020 Planning Board packet.

Update on October 28, 2020:  The Planning Department received a letter from NC Department of Transportation staff providing their review comments on this proposal.  These comments can be viewed here: October 27, 2020 NC Department of Transportation letter.

The Planning Department received a frequently asked questions document from the applicant providing answers to some of the questions associated within the project. The document can be accessed here.


On or about August 7, 2020 the Orange County Planning Department received a Conditional Zoning Atlas Amendment application to rezone 2 parcels located north of Interstate 85/40, west of Mt. Willing Road, within the Cheeks Township.   

Specifically, staff received an application to rezone an approximately 104 acres of property, further identified utilizing Orange County Parcel Identification Numbers (PIN) 9854-16-1576 and 9854-36-3711 (hereafter ‘the Property’):

  • FROM: Office/Research and Manufacturing (O/RM) ; Upper Eno Protected Watershed Protection Overlay District ; Major Transportation Corridor (MTC) Overlay District ; Efland Interstate Overlay District.
  • TO:  Master Plan Development Conditional Zoning (MPD-CZ) district; Upper Eno Protected Watershed Protection Overlay District ; Major Transportation Corridor (MTC) Overlay District ; Efland Interstate Overlay District.

Map of Parcels



As proposed, the Project would involve development of the following specific land uses:

  • Construction of a 120 pump gas station with an approximately 64,000 sq.ft. retail center;
  • Construction of: 
    • 120-room hotel (square footage of structure unknown);
    • 150,000 sq.ft. of Office/Service/Manufacturing land uses;
    • 8,000 sq.ft. of medical office space; 
    • 30,000 sq.ft. of specialty retail space; 
    • A 3,500 sq.ft. drive-in bank; 
    • 12,000 sq.ft. of casual restaurant; and 
    • 20,000 SF of high-turnover sit-down restaurant space

As a general reminder if the proposal is approved by the County, development of the Property will be consistent with the master plan and any/all conditions imposed by the County as part of its action on the zoning atlas amendment.

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. September 16, 2020  – Neighborhood Information Meeting (NIM). STAFF COMMENT:  The meeting was held on September 16, 2020.  Notes from the NIM can be accessed here: 
    1. NIM – Response to Questions/Meeting Notes
    2. NIM – Exhibit A
    3. Nim – Exhibit B
  2. November 4, 2020 – Anticipated Planning Board meeting to begin review and potentially make a recommendation on the Project;
  3. December 15, 2020  – First available date for public hearing by the BOCC.

Past versions of the application package can be made available for review on request.  Having said that, continued review of the project by staff, advisory boards, and elected officials will be based on the information received on October 16 and 28 as linked above.

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.

Submittal of a Class B Special Use Permit – Proposed Recreation Facility

December 14, 2020 – Update:  

Pursuant to North Carolina General Statute Chapter 153A Sections 340 and 345.1, Chapter 160A Section 388, and Section 2.12 of the Orange County Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), the Board of Adjustment will hold a hearing in Room 230 of the Whitted Building at 300 W. Tryon Street, Hillsborough, North Carolina on Monday, December 14, 2020 at 7:00 pm. The purpose of the meeting is for the board to take specific action on the following item(s):

  1. A-3-20 – Quasi-judicial hearing to review a Variance Application requesting a 30 foot reduction to the required County stream buffer for a parcel off of Sunrise Road within the Chapel Hill Township of the County. 
  2. A-4-20 – Evidentiary hearing to review a Class B Special Use Permit application for a recreational facility on Old Greensboro Highway in the Bingham Township. - Application for this case can be viewed/accessed below.

Please note these are quasi-judicial hearings, which requires a “fair trial standard”.  That means the Board of Adjustment will consider only competent, material, and substantial evidence. Following the close of the hearing, the Board of Adjustment will examine only the evidence presented at the hearing to make its determination. Changes may ultimately be made to the advertised request, which reflect debate, objections, and discussion at the hearing.

Consistent with observing appropriate social distancing protocols during the COVID pandemic, the review/public hearing for these requests is expected to occur in separate meeting(s) generally outlined as follows:

  • December 14, 2020 – Evidentiary Hearing:  The Board will determine standing (i.e. who has the ability to address/offer evidence to the Board) and the submittal of evidence on each individual request.  

NOTE:  If there are not multiple parties intending to present evidence, the Board is able to hold the public hearing, accept evidence, close the hearing and deliberate, and make a formal determination on December 14.

  • January 11, 2020 – Public Hearing:  For those cases where multiple parties intended to offer testimony/evidence, the Board will hear same on this date.

Parties intending to speak on an application (i.e. either in support or opposition) are required to complete a Statement of Standing and Intended Evidence form and submit them to staff by 1:00 p.m. Friday December 11, 2020.   Parties not submitting forms by the deadline will not be allowed to address the Board during the public hearing.   

The meeting shall be streamed on-line and can be viewed at:


Staff has received a Special Use permit (hereafter ‘SUP’) application proposing development of a Recreational Facility, specifically development of athletic fields on property within the Chapel Hill Township.  The applicant owns 2 parcels, further identified utilizing Orange County Parcel Identification Numbers (PIN): 

  • 9758-52-5171 (no physical street address assigned) – 16.2 acres; and
  • 9758-62-2155 (1641 Holly Creek Lane) – 8.3 acres 

both zoned Rural Buffer (RB) and University Lake Protected Watershed Protection Overlay District.  Recreational activities shall be limited to the 16.2 acre parcel.  1641 Holly Creek Lane has been previously developed, specifically there is an existing single-family residence on the parcel.