Charlotte’s Unified Development Ordinance (UDO)

Welcome to the project website for Charlotte’s Unified Development Ordinance (UDO). 

Charlotte’s UDO will simplify, consolidate and update the regulations that guide development into a single document. In addition, the UDO will align these standards with the vision of the Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan and other adopted City policies. This effort will also make development standards easier to understand through the increased use of common language and graphics.

At its core, this project combines regulations from eight different development ordinances will be combined into a single overarching document. As we work toward this goal, this website will help you understand the UDO project, answer your questions, and provide feedback as we work to develop the UDO. We look forward to working with you on this important and exciting project!

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What have we accomplished?

City staff worked with stakeholder groups in 2019 to complete a few short-term initiatives in advance of the full UDO project. In summary, these included updated Transit Oriented Development Districts, an amendment to the tree ordinance, and revised sign regulations.

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What are the next steps?

As the Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan is being developed, Charlotte’s Unified Development Ordinance team is working with the Ordinance Advisory Committee (OAC) to develop each article of the UDO. To follow along with the work of the OAC, meeting recordings and presentation are available on this site. Importantly, the release of the Unified Development Ordinance draft is planned for late summer/early fall 2021.

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