Economic Development Districts


The Buckhorn Economic Development area is located in the western portion of Orange County just off exit 157 from Interstate 85/40, and includes approximately 900 acres of developable land. The Buckhorn area has been targeted to include a variety of manufacturing, wholesale, distribution, retail and service uses.


The Hillsborough Economic Development area encompasses all four corners of the Interstate 40 exchange exit 261 south of Hillsborough. This 703-acre area includes the Waterstone Business Park, home to UNC Hospitals’ Hillsborough Campus and Durham Technical Community College’s Orange County Campus, and has been targeted to include a mix of healthcare and service industries.


The Eno Economic Development District is comprised of approximately 776 acres located in the eastern portion of the County, adjacent to the Durham County line, along the Interstate 85/Highway 70 corridor. This area has been targeted to include a mix of light manufacturing, commercial and service industries.

Along with the designated EDDs, the county has identified Commercial-Industrial Transition Activity Nodes (CITAN.) Current zoning within these areas varies, but it is land focused on designated road intersections that within either 10-year or 20-year transition areas is seen as appropriate for retail, commercial, manufacturing and other industrial uses.

CITAN Buckhorn – 719 acres

CITAN West Efland – 242 acres

CITAN East Efland – 433 acres

CITAN Hillsborough – 4 acres

CITAN Hillsborough – 46 acres