Raleigh, North Carolina, is in the process of rezoning about 30% of its land area. This will result in new zoning districts outlined in the newly revised Unified Development Ordinance (UDO). This code will govern the land use of the city. The UDO is a comprehensive rewrite of the city’s zoning code. You can use an interactive map to see what the new zoning districts will look like.
The new UDO will not affect most legacy zoning districts, such as the Shopping Center and Neighborhood Business districts. However, there are some zoning provisions that will affect the new zoning map, including provisions that prohibit townhome developments in R-6 zoning districts.
Before a development can begin, it must be approved by the City of Raleigh. To receive approval, a development must follow the UDO regulations. In addition, a construction inspector will be on site to ensure that stormwater devices are installed and that impervious surfaces do not exceed the limits of the district. Larger projects will also require a land disturbance permit.
The UDO’s goals include protecting water quality, encouraging multi-modal transportation options, and providing for orderly growth. In other words, the UDO is a guide to achieving “smart growth” in Raleigh. The density of a city is directly related to its energy consumption, public infrastructure, and traffic, so Raleigh wants to strike a balance between growth and preservation of its existing neighborhoods.
The City of Raleigh is reviewing its local ordinance and preparing an update. The program requires developers to submit an erosion and sediment control plan for all projects within its jurisdiction. During the last year, it conducted 7,475 inspections and issued 14 NOVs. You can also read the City’s latest updates on the program’s website.
If approved, the new zoning plan will be presented to the city council. The Planning Board will review the proposed changes and make a recommendation for adoption. The city staff will work on the rezoning process for about a year and a half. A public hearing is expected to take place shortly.
The new regulations will take effect about six months after the City Council approves them. They will be effective immediately in existing residential neighborhoods while commercial districts will gradually phase in the new regulations over 12 to 18 months. If you want to submit a plan to modify the city code, you must hold a public hearing first.