Due to the scope and scale of Chatham Park, it’s natural to have questions.
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Check out the two maps below to view the budding North Village or to understand the overall layout of this expansive, yet connected community.
*Disclaimer: Chatham Park maps, renderings and plans are illustrative and subject to change at any time to accommodate changes needed and desired for the development process. Please note: these maps were last updated June 2019.
If you have questions, you probably aren’t the only one. See some of our frequently asked questions below.
The first tract of land for Chatham Park was acquired in January of 2006.
At final buildout, Chatham Park will cover 7,068 acres. In addition, Chatham Park currently owns over 1,000 acres that are adjacent to the current planned development.
Construction began in September 2014 with the groundbreaking for a UNC MOB facility. Currently, UNC is occupying 25,000sf; UNC Hospice is open; and two additional office buildings are occupied. 14,000sf of retail called Penguin Place is now up and running with The Root Cellar officially open for business! House of Hops and Seagroves Nationwide Agency are excepted to open late spring of 2018.
The entire Chatham Park project is expected to reach completion approximately 40 years.
Chatham Park is currently zoned for Planned Development District (PDD)
that will include up to 22,000 residential units and up to 22 million square feet of non-residential space.
The current Master Plan for Chatham Park Planned Development District was approved by the Town of Pittsboro in August, 2015. The North Village Small Area Plan and associated Design Guidelines have been submitted to the Town. Eleven of twelve required “Additional Elements” to the Master Plan have been approved by the Town, with an Affordable Housing Element pending. Every subdivision plan and site plan in Chatham Park must be approved by the Town. In accordance with the Master Plan, 1,100 residential units and 3,300,000 square feet of non-residential development can be approved prior to approval of the Affordable Housing Element and applicable small area plans.
Construction of housing in Chatham Park began in 2020.
Houses in the initial residential sections of Chatham Park are expected to be priced in the $250,000 – $400,000 range.
Yes. The location and timeline for age-targeted/age-restricted communities may be announced in the near future.
Chatham Park will donate school sites to house both public and private schools. The school sites proposed are based on actual student projections, and the exact locations of these sites will be shown in the Small Area Plan.
Thales Academy, a private K-3 school, will be the first school to open in Chatham Park and is planned to open for classes in the fall of 2021.
Chatham Park’s first retail space, known as Penguin Place, opened in the fall of 2017. It includes the Root Cellar restaurant, together with other retail tenants and office tenants.”
Yes. Chatham Park is currently in discussions with internet providers who would serve the community with broadband speeds of One Gigabyte per residential unit and Ten Gigabytes per business.
Trails and greenways will be built as the surrounding neighborhoods are constructed. The plans for these trails are to be shown in Small Area Plans.
As with trails and greenways, parks will be built along with the surrounding neighborhoods. The plans for these parks and greenways are to be shown in Small Area Plans.
There are no golf courses currently planned for Chatham Park.
Chatham County’s transit system includes routes that will run through Chatham Park as homes and roadways are built.
Yes. Roads in Chatham Park will be bicycle friendly, Chatham Park will be connected by trails and greenways.
Chatham Park Way, which connects Highway 64 Bypass to Highway 64 Business, opened in Fall, 2020.
Chatham Park will conduct traffic studies to determine the need for road widening and additional turn lanes in each area.
The current North Carolina law regarding Special Assessment Districts allows developments that provide infrastructure benefiting an entire region to be eligible for reimbursement through a special assessment, similar to an H.O.A. fee. Items that might be eligible in a Special Assessment District include roadways that connect and benefit the regions, wastewater plant upgrades and new plants, bus shelters, and trails.
The Chatham Park Master Plan, Additional Elements, and Small Area Plans, together with applicable Town of Pittsboro, Chatham County, and State of North Carolina requirements, work together to mitigate environmental impacts of development in Chatham Park.
Chatham Park is already setting the example in environmental sensitivity with its use of reclaimed water treatment systems, LEED certified buildings, wider riparian buffers, a solar farm, LID storm water treatments, water conservation, and energy conservation.
Yes. Builders in Chatham Park will be required to use energy efficient materials and products. Chatham Park’s new homes will be expected to use 30% less energy than existing homes. Builders will achieve this by incorporating high efficiency appliances, spray foam insulation, low-e windows, low-flow toilets, high efficiency HVAC systems, and tighter building envelopes. In addition, Duke Power and PSNC, respectively, have agreed to install smart electric and gas meters in every Chatham Park home. Smart meters have been shown to further reduce energy consumption by over 15%. We expect that, on average, Chatham Park homes will have a HERS (Home Energy Rating System) rating of less than 70
All buildings currently constructed and completed in Chatham Park are in the process of becoming LEED certified.
The Town of Pittsboro water treatment plant will supply Chatham Park with water from the Haw River and Jordan Lake. Currently, the Town gets 8.4 million gallons from the Haw River and will obtain 6 million gallons from Jordan Lake. At full buildout, Chatham Park will use 4.4 million of the Town’s 14 million gallons allotment.
Yes. Chatham Park is the first community in Chatham County to install reuse water lines (Purple Pipe). This will provide a source of water for irrigation and for cooling commercial buildings, among other uses.
Chatham Park is planning to handle wastewater in a 3-part approach. First, early phases of Chatham Park’s wastewater needs will be handled by the Town of Pittsboro’s existing wastewater treatment plant. Second, the Town of Pittsboro has an agreement with the City of Sanford to treat a portion of Pittsboro’s wastewater there. Third, Chatham Park plans to build a reclaimed water treatment facility to address sewer needs of early phases of development while the line to Sanford is being constructed.
Yes. Information regarding the Haw River buffer can be found in the Chatham Park Master Open Space Plan Additional Element.
All federal, state, and town regulations will be met for watershed erosion control. In addition, in portions of Chatham Park wider riparian buffers are provided than otherwise are required by applicable State of North Carolina and Town of Pittsboro regulations, and the Chatham Park Master Stormwater Manual Additional Element contains enhanced requirements for handling stormwater in Chatham Park.
Yes. Currently, Strata Solar has a lease for a 5 MW solar farm.
Yes. All of Chatham Park will be annexed into Pittsboro’s town limits. All municipalities are required to provide municipal services such as water, sewer, police and fire protection, trash pick-up, etc.
Chatham Park will provide much of the new water and sewer infrastructure required to serve the development, and Chatham Park will partner with the Town of Pittsboro to pay for the costs of constructing the necessary infrastructure for transporting wastewater to the City of Sanford for treatment by Sanford pursuant to an agreement between Pittsboro and Sanford.
Chatham County Economic Development commissioned noted N.C. State economist Dr. Michael L. Walden to research and report on the projected economic impact of the Chatham Park development. Although the study provides projections for the county as a whole, Chatham EDC says economic impact models don’t typically drill down to the municipal level. Until such time as annual ad valorem property tax revenues to the Town of Pittsboro on properties in Chatham Park reaches $300,000, Chatham Park is paying to the Town of Pittsboro annually the difference between $300,000 less the amount of property taxes paid to the Town on properties in Chatham Park.
Chatham Park submitted the Additional Elements to the Town on May 2, 2016. Eleven of the twelve required Additional Elements have been approved by the Town, and the Affordable Housing Additional Element remains to be approved.
The Small Area Plan for the North Village of Chatham Park was submitted to the Town of Pittsboro in April 2017. A revised North Village Small Area Plan was submitted to the Town in August, 2020.
Chatham Park is planned to become home to a broad spectrum of businesses, including high tech companies, research and development offices, medical care centers, lifestyle centers, as well as neighborhood and regional retail stores. NC State economist Michael Walden forecasts that at completion, Chatham Park will generate over 60,000 new jobs in Chatham County, and most of these businesses are expected to be small, local companies.
Chatham Park is currently providing construction, medical, and general office jobs and will continue to provide employment for local workers. As Chatham Park grows, it is expected that more residents of Chatham County will be able to find employment here and not have to leave the county for work.
Chatham Park fully embraces the Environmental Protection Agency’s 10 Point Smart Growth Principles. Chatham Park reflects a commitment to mixed uses, compact village centers, a wide range of housing, walkable neighborhoods, centers with a strong sense of place, preservation of extensive open space, development directed toward existing downtown Pittsboro, and a variety of transportation choices. The PDD allows for predictable decision making throughout the development life of the project, and provides multiple opportunities for a long term partnership between Chatham Park and the Town of Pittsboro.
The Chatham Park Compass Committee is a strong and diverse group that represents a broad cross section of talent and experience in Pittsboro and Chatham County that is familiar with the wants, needs, and goals of the community, and thus could provide frank and constructive input for the Chatham Park team. The Compass Committee meetings intend to provide a forum for feedback and suggestions and action on a range of issues including, but not limited to, housing, jobs, local priorities, non-profit engagement, cultural events, K-14 education, infrastructure, and sustained community involvement.
The developers chose this space partly due to the availability of land, and partially due to the amenities and culture of the Town. While many residents will be moving to the area over the next several decades, it is anticipated that downtown Pittsboro will still retain its charm. The addition of residents might also lead to more interest in cultural attractions such as concerts, performances, stores, art galleries, movie theaters, etc.
Recognized as one of the premier development teams in the nation, Preston founders Tim Smith and Julian “Bubba” Rawl have established a reputation for planning and producing only the highest quality development projects. Preston Development Company is managing the overall development of Chatham Park.
Preston has earned an excellent reputation for their high-end residential communities and retail projects, as well as leasing and managing many centers and freestanding buildings. Above all, Preston is defined by two words: quality and relationships. They share “old school” values in the new world of technology.
Simply said, nobody does it better than Preston
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