Download GIS Data

The tables below list a number of GIS layers that may be downloaded to your computer. The layers are contained in zip files and are in shapefile format. They are intended for use with GIS or CAD software. Each zip file contains the components of a shapefile and may contain metadata in XML format. New shapefiles are generated on a weekly basis via export from the Town’s corporate geodatabase. The Updates column indicates when the layer may be modified.

Shapefiles can be viewed with the current version of ESRI's ArcExplorer, available on ESRI's download page.

Base Map Layers

Layer Description Updates Feature Type File Size
Address Points Point features representing locations of all street addresses weekly point 2,185 KB
Street Centerline Centerline of street corridors weekly line 815 KB
Stream Centerlines Centerline of hydrographic features weekly line 3,252 KB
Waterbodies Hydrographic polygon features weekly polygon 2,854 KB
2ft Elevation Contours 2 ft topographic contour lines derived from 6” resolution digital orthophotography ~5 years
last revised 2003
line 71,220 KB
2003 Planimetrics (DXF) Planimetric features including roads, sidewalks, parking lots and building footprints digitized from 2003 orthophotography. (CAD format) last revised 2003 polygon 12,840 KB
2003 Planimetrics (SHP) Planimetric features including roads, sidewalks, parking lots and building footprints digitized from 2003 orthophotography. (Shapefile format) last revised 2003 polygon 19,052 KB
Building Footprints Outline of structures digitized from 6” resolution digital orthophotography weekly polygon 3,259 KB
Points of Interest Point features representing locations of various places within the community quarterly point 7 KB

Boundary Layers

Layer Description Updates Feature Type File Size
Corporate Limits Limits of Chapel Hill incorporated area as needed
last revised 6/2006
polygon 28 KB
Jurisdictional Limits Limits of Chapel Hill zoning jurisdiction as needed
last revised 6/2006
polygon 13 KB
Urban Service Boundary Area within which Town provides urban services (water and sewer) as needed
last revised 5/2000
polygon 30 KB
Zoning Districts Zoning district boundaries with primary zoning designations as needed
last revised 9/2008
polygon 238 KB
Overlay Zoning Districts Historic, Neighborhood Conservation. & Airport Hazard overlay zoning districts as needed
last revised 1/2008
polygon 65 KB
Watershed Protection District Jordan Lake watershed protection district boundary ongoing
updated per NC Division of Water Quality
last modified 6/1993
polygon 12 KB
FEMA Floodplain Boundaries Floodway, 100 year, and 500 year floodplain boundaries from FEMA digital flood insurance rate maps updated per NC Floodplain Mapping Program
last revised 2006
polygon 6,788 KB
Neighborhoods Chapel Hill neighborhoods including single family subdivisions, townhouse/condominium developments and apartment complexes as needed
last revised 11/2011
polygon 145 KB
Town Owned Property Parcels owned by the Town of Chapel Hill quarterly polygon 135 KB