A rural southern town with a unique history, Butner offers a simple way of life for its residents. Located just minutes north of Durham and Research Triangle Park, and less than 40 miles from the capital city of Raleigh, Butner offers the best of both worlds; easy access to city amenities, but with a quiet place to call home. Butner has a rich history of agriculture, military and institutions. Originally an agricultural community that became a training camp, Camp Butner, during World War II, Butner has a unique past that no other town can claim. During its days as a training camp, John Umstead hospital was built for returning veterans. Now there are multiple institutions as well as many industrial entities that are the primary employers for Butner, including the new Central Regional Hospital. As the area continues to grow, Butner expects to see a lot of new industrial growth bringing more residents and commercial development.
On November 1, 2007, Butner was incorporated and governed by a council-manager form of government. The Town Council has made it their priority to make Butner the best place to live. The Soldiers Memorial Sports Arena has been renovated to preserve this piece of the town’s history and provide recreational opportunities for all residents. The new Town Hall was completed in 2011. Also since incorporation, the town has built a new outdoor recreation complex, constructed a greenway to encourage pedestrian travel and improve air quality, expanded pedestrian access with new sidewalks, completed a pedestrian plan for the entire town, and added playground equipment at the Central Avenue Gazebo Park.
The Butner Gateway planning project will result in a report the town, residents and land owners, and developers may use. The learn more about the project, click here.
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For Butner Planning and Zoning Information, please click here.
For a copy of the 2009 Town of Butner Land Use Plan, please click here.
Town of Butner Planning Department Michael Ciriello, AICP, Planning Director