New Hope Creek begins in western Orange County, flows through parts of Duke Forest as a primary feature of what is called the “rural buffer” between Chapel Hill and Hillsborough, and then passes through portions of Durham County before emptying into Jordan Lake.
In 1989, four Triangle-area jurisdictionsDurham and Orange Counties, the City of Durham and the Town of Chapel Hillpassed a resolution recognizing the importance of preserving New Hope Creek, its tributaries, and a corridor along their banks. The resolution established the New Hope Creek Corridor Advisory Committee and appointed a consultantCoulter Associatesto develop a master plan for preserving the New Hope corridor. The New Hope Corridor Open Space Master Plan was published in April 1991 and adopted by the four jurisdictions in 1991/92.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service designated the New Hope Creek corridor as an "Important Regional Wetland" in its Regional Wetlands Concept Plan in August 1992 (see page 194 of pdf at above link).
The 20-year Master Plan calls for acquiring and otherwise preserving land along the corridor, and for constructing trails and access areas so that the land can be used by the public for recreational purposes.
PDF of April 1991 New Hope Corridor Open Space Master Plan
In May 2000, the New Hope Creek Corridor Advisory Committee published a 10-year progress report entitled The New Hope Creek Corridor Master Plan and the New Hope Creek Advisory Committee: Ten Years Later. PDF of 10-year progress report
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From 2005 to 2008, nearly 75 acres of land near the site of the old Hollow Rock Store on Erwin Road were saved from development and will be part of the planned Hollow Rock Access Area.
Members of the New Hope Creek Corridor Advisory Committee