About the Project

Charlotte has more than doubled its population since the 1990s, yet the main policies and regulations that guide growth and development have not been comprehensively updated since that time.  This exceptional growth is projected to continue for the foreseeable future due, in part, to the City’s strong economy and quality of life.

The Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) is a city-wide effort aimed at updating the  regulations that guide growth and development in Charlotte. It is important to undertake this multi-year effort now in order to more effectively manage future growth.

    • Regulations: The UDO will be the primary tool to implement Charlotte’s plans and policies through development regulations. It will combine multiple development ordinances, including the Zoning Ordinance, into one set of regulations. Additionally, some regulations, like the Zoning Ordinance, will be updated to respond to an increased demand for regulations that reflect today’s best practices.

The UDO will update and combine the Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Ordinance, Tree Ordinance, Street and Sidewalk Regulations, Floodplain Regulations, Erosion Control Ordinance, and Post Construction Stormwater Ordinance into a single ordinance.

Advanced work will be completed on several regulatory issues, such as the Transit Oriented Development Zoning Districts and Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District, throughout 2018. The first public draft of the UDO will be available by early 2019.

There will be multiple online and in-person opportunities to be involved in the UDO. To receive notifications about engagement opportunities please sign up to receive updates.