Habitat for Humanity is excited for the opportunity to partner with Carol Woods to build affordable housing right here in Chapel Hill. This page will serve as a temporary portal to keep the community informed about any relevant updates regarding the joint Carol Woods and Habitat for Humanity development off of Sunrise Road. A full website will be developed once we’re further along the project plan, and the community has its name.

Note: the following information is subject to change and can be updated at any time as more information becomes available. Last updated March 22, 2019.

Latest News

This development has gone through the concept plan phase with the Town of Chapel Hill. To review meeting minutes and watch clips from meetings, click on the links below.

03/14/2019: Habitat received a zoning compliance permit to conduct geotechnical subsurface exploration soli borings on the property. The primary site access will be via Ginger Road. Please note that the contractor may do some light clearing of underbrush to create paths for the drill rig to get to the boring locations but no stump removal will be performed.

03/13/2019: Habitat received notification that the Town of Chapel Hill approved an extension for the previously approved subdivision Bradley Ridge until February 25, 2020.

03/06/2019 - Chapel Hill Town Council Meeting - Chapel Hill Town Council approved Habitat’s request for $375,000 in funding for land acquisition and pre-development costs for this project.

11/14/2018 - Chapel Hill Town Council Meeting

11/13/2018 - Housing Advisory Board Meeting

10/23/2018 - Community Design Commission Meeting

Research & Public Meetings

Over the next few months, we will be working with the Town of Chapel Hill on the formal application and rezoning. As part of the process, Carol Woods, Habitat, and the town will conduct a series of public meetings in which experts will share their findings and recommendations on various topics such as stormwater and traffic. The community will be invited to these meetings to learn more, ask questions, and provide feedback.

We encourage you to use those meetings as an opportunity to be informed and to have your voices heard. We’ll continue to update this page with newly scheduled meetings, exact dates, times and locations as they are established, so please check back regularly or sign up for our newsletter to receive email updates.

Project Plan

Below is a high-level overview of the full project plan. Dates and specific timing will change as the project develops, but the below overview is meant to give you an idea of those steps with initial expectations of timing.

Please note: All of the steps listed after the Town Council Review are contingent on official approval by the Chapel Hill Town Council.


  • Concept plan revisions based on initial feedback
  • Submission of application to town of Chapel Hill
  • Review of application begins by Town Boards/Staff and continues for the remainder of 2019
  • Close on final two properties
  • Town Council Review and Approval
  • Zoning Compliance Permit Approval Process
  • Expected Award to Bid, and Notice to Proceed for Construction of Infrastructure
  • Infrastructure Construction Begins
  • Infrastructure Completed; All Required Approvals by State and Local Agencies Secured
2022 – 2027
  • Phase 1: construction of Habitat homes beings

FAQ: Carol Woods & Habitat for Humanity of Orange County Community

The information below provides the facts around the most commonly asked questions and concerns about the Carol Woods/Habitat Community. To review qualifications to become a Habitat homeowner, visit this page. You can also get to know some of our current homeowners here

Note: the following information is subject to change and can be updated at any time as more information becomes available. Last updated March 8, 2019.


Carol Woods & Habitat Partnership:

  • The accredited, nonprofit continuing care retirement community, Carol Woods, is not only fully supportive of a Habitat community, but is also planning to co-develop housing for seniors within the same development.
  • For over a year we have been meeting with Carol Woods and we are currently in the final exploration stages of securing this partnership. Both the Carol Woods board and the Habitat board have voted to move forward with the project.
  • This partnership has the potential to address critical gaps in the local housing market and provide the opportunity to build an integrated and diverse neighborhood.


  • We will work with the Town of Chapel Hill to determine the appropriate zoning for this development. We will apply for a rezoning after the application is approved.

Noise concerns:

  • We do not plan to clear-cut the property and will save as many trees as we possibly can in conjunction with the town’s tree survey. The structures in our development may also provide a sound buffer.
  • The noise level will be similar to houses in Chandler’s Green, Silver Creek and Spring Crest. 
  • We will research sound proofing construction techniques to mitigate the noise for the houses closest to I-40.

Stormwater management:

  • We will work with the town staff and engineers on all drainage and stormwater concerns as part of the application process.
  • Once this study is complete and our team has reviewed it, we will share it with Chandler’s Green.
  • We are committed to looking at all options to ensure that there is no negative impact from our development on the neighboring communities.

Amesbury Dr. Cut-through:

  • We are not advocating for a connection through to Amesbury Road. Our current plan design satisfies the town’s requirement for two entrances/exits.
  • The town is seeking feedback from the residents on what type of connection is preferred (full connection, emergency bollards, pedestrian/bike, or no connection at all).
  • We recommend you contact the mayor and council with your thoughts on connectivity as we will ultimately take direction from them on the connection.

Traffic impact:

  • The construction entrance will be off of Sunrise Road and will go directly to the new development.
  • We have started the process with the town to conduct a Traffic Impact Analysis. Once this study is complete and our team has re­­viewed it, we will share it with Chandler’s Green.
  • Keep in mind that Carol Woods’s portion of the development will consist of Carol Woods senior residents who do not drive as often nor do­ they typically drive at peak times. We are estimating only one car per unit for the Carol Woods homes.
  • It is anticipated that the majority of the Habitat homeowners on this property will be employed by, or affiliated with, UNC or UNC Health Care and therefore are likely to take advantage of public transportation as parking is limited on campus.

Buffer to Chandler’s Green:

  • We are proposing the entire 60’ of the Ginger Road right of way remain undeveloped as a natural buffer.
  • We are also proposing an additional 30’ of buffer along our southern boundary with Chandler’s Green, which would provide a total buffer width of 90’. We are also proposing a similar buffer along our eastern boundary with Chandler’s Green.

Appearance and Architecture:

  • We are finalizing our architect selection, but have included concept imagery in this package to provide an idea of the architectural look and feel we are targeting for this community.
  • The Carol Woods and Habitat portions of the community will be fully integrated architecturally, seamlessly as one community.

Home and property maintenance:

  • There will be a joint Homeowners Association for the entire community, which includes Habitat homeowners and Carol Woods residents.
  • All exterior maintenance of the homes (roof repair, siding, exterior painting, etc.) as well as landscaping and lawn care for the entire community will be managed by the HOA.
  • These are responsible homeowners who are responsible for the interior of the homes.
  • We do a walk–through with the homeowners before closing to explain various elements of the home. We also do a one-year check in with the homeowners to answer any questions they might have about their home and address any maintenance issues.

Environmental impact:

  • Our concept plan is designed to meet all environmental requirements and will be reviewed by town staff. The main stream through the original 17-acre tract is classified as a perennial stream which has a 150’ buffer from each stream bank.
  • The only thing we are proposing within that zone is a natural walking trail (no big trees to be removed – only small brush).


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