The proposal to rezone and annex 146 wooded acres between Guess and Bivins road has been voided! See our latest UPDATE. However, we will continue using this website to share information in case a new proposal to develop this land is submitted. We also hope the resources here will be helpful to other community groups and our neighbors. Finally, we plan to keep sharing what we learn about how we can permanently protect North Durham from over-development and urban sprawl.
Video from the May 20 Community Meeting
Slides from the community meetings in May, 2021
Key Reasons we Oppose High-Density Rezoning Not sure what to put in your letters and comments? This document has some great talking points.
Priorities and interests of the City Council members this may also be helpful when drafting letters and comments to the City Council.
Ways to share your voice
Comment Online: The planning department has just launched a new tool to make it easier for citizens to comment on re-zoning proposals and find updates. If there is a new proposal to develop all or part of the land between Guess and Bivins, we will post a link here.
Email Addresses for key officials if you can, please write to them individually.
To help gather input from stakeholders and neighbors, we created a brief, anonymous community survey view the results.
Unified Development Ordinance (UDO). Learn more about the planning process and the various stages of comment and reviews.
Affordable Housing needs in Durham County The proposed development for Guess and Bivins does not include affordable housing.
The Development Plan for the Guess Road/Bivins submitted by Ashton Woods
The NCDOT Annual Average Daily Traffic Mapping Application which shows that Guess Road North of Umstead had a daily traffic of 12,000 cars. The capacity of the road is 14,200 cars. A 2020 memo by the Durham Planning Department estimates that every 150 households would increase AADT by about 1300.