Community Education Series 

Economic Development and Affordable Housing in Efland


Please join fellow members of your community in exploring opportunities for growth and development in Efland.  Three community education sessions will be held on consecutive Tuesdays:  February 10th, 17th, and 24th, from 7:00-8:30 PM, at Gravelly Hill Middle School Auditorium at 4801 West Ten Road, Efland Directions.  All sessions are free.


Leading experts will discuss how the community can work with elected leaders and developers to bring jobs, affordable housing, and growth to the Efland communities and along the interstate corridor. 

  • Session 1:  Community-Led Vision for Growth (Feb 10th):  Jeff Michael, Director of the Charlotte Urban Institute will discuss how communities throughout North Carolina are working with developers and local leaders to create visions for growth and development.  Working together, these groups are deciding what kind, how much and where growth is desired, and how to plan public spaces, greenways and transportation.  
  • Session 2:  Bringing Affordable Housing to Efland  (Feb 17th)  Ann Moss Joyner, President of the Cedar Grove Institute for Sustainable Communities will talk about workforce, senior, and other forms of affordable housing, and how public policy, community advocates and developers work together to attract quality housing for seniors and working families. 
  • Session 3:  State of Infrastructure and Economic Development in Efland (Feb 24)  Craig Benedict, Planning Director and Steve Brantley, Economic Development Director will update the community on the rules for development in Efland (zoning and land use plan), the status of the county's investment in infrastructure and economic development in Efland, and the opportunities and impediments that are affecting growth. 

These sessions provide an exciting opportunity for community members to learn about approaches to development, and how other communities are planning growth, housing and services for the future.  You are welcome to attend all sessions, or sessions of individual interest.


The sessions have been developed by a coalition of organizations interested in the future of Efland, including:

  • Cedar Grove Institute for Sustainable Communities
  • Efland Ruritan Club
  • Orange County Voice
  • United Voices of Efland
  • UNC Charlotte Urban Institute

For more information about the sessions or the coalition, please contact Bonnie Hauser.




Efland is a historic Orange County community that sits due west of Hillsborough where I-85 meets I-40.  It is economically, ethnically and politically diverse, and hosts two schools, impressive recreational assets, and easy access to Durham, Raleigh, Chapel Hill and points west. Community assets and location along the interstate make Efland particularly well suited for economic growth and development.


In the last few years, Orange County invested millions of dollars to add water and sewer to Efland's interstate and rail infrastructure.  This investment makes Efland even more attractive for development, and creates new opportunities for dense housing and retail to serve residential communities.  Soccer, equestrian and other recreational assets, and nearby farms, shopping and cultural heritage make Efland a potential destination for events and visitors.  Planning coupled with community support will make it easier for Efland to attract development that enriches its communities with better jobs, housing and services.



A series of community information sessions have been planned to help engage the community in planning for Efland.  This is especially important as development accelerates in communities surrounding Efland.  Development in nearby Mebane is flourishing around a growing town center, and new businesses and jobs are popping up everywhere.  Even Orange County's new candy company sits in Mebane's town limits.  Hillsborough is growing too - around its new Waterstone Campus and revitalized downtown.  


The sessions will help add the community's voice to the important conversation about the future of Efland, including:

  • Attracting businesses along the interstate that bring good paying jobs and tax revenues to support schools and essential services;
  • Establishing quality affordable housing for seniors, teachers, fire and police, and others who serve all of our communities; 
  • Assuring a sense of place through the creation of town centers, and transportation connectivity to nearby population and employment centers; 
  • Creating public greenspaces, bikeways, and other resources that complement the recreational and cultural assets that already exist.

Community and civic groups, faith leaders, businesses and developers are all welcome to join these important conversations and help chart a course for development in Efland and Orange County.