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.

Place Types and Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) is a city-wide effort aimed at updating the policies and 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.

    • Policies: Place Types are a classification of land that provides guidance for how future development should look and function. They describe types and intensities of land use as well as important characteristics such as scale, site design, and accessibility. They are very similar to the current land use categories (e.g., residential, retail, office, etc.) that many people are familiar with.
    • Regulations: The UDO will be the primary tool to implement Place Types and Charlotte’s other 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 Place Type policy framework will update some of the City’s existing land development policies (Centers, Corridors, and Wedges; General Development Policies; and Area Plans) with newer policies that address land use, design, and accessibility. 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.

By updating the policies and regulations together, Place Types and the UDO will be linked to one another, making it much easier to implement the City’s policies and plans and create great places. A draft of the Place Type policy document is scheduled to be ready for public review and comment by August 2018. 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 Place Types and the UDO. To receive notifications about engagement opportunities please sign up to receive updates.