Alignment Rezoning

Welcome to the project website for Charlotte’s Alignment Rezoning Project (ARZ)

The goal of the Alignment Rezoning project is to put development standards into place to achieve the vision of the Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan and associated 2040 Policy Map. This additional process of alignment rezoning is needed to specifically review how future zoning changes may be proposed to better align to the community’s vision.

The UDO establishes new zoning districts based on the Place Types in the Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan. The new UDO districts were applied to Charlotte’s zoning map on June 1 through a process called zoning district translation. The alignment rezoning process will evaluate the current zoning map for consistency with recommended Place Types.

Through this initiative, staff will assess properties and areas for potential refinements to the current zoning map based on existing zoning, uses and policy map recommendations. This is an essential step to ensuring the zoning regulations implement the policy (2040 Policy Map).

City staff are looking at the existing zoning map and Policy Map to prepare a first draft to share with the public in early 2024. Staff will share more details on this page as a schedule is developed.

The first phase of this project will focus on reviewing conventional zoning districts. These are zoning districts without any unique or special rules outside of the rules stated in the Unified Development Ordinance zoning districts.

Some zoning districts in Charlotte have unique conditions in addition to the base zoning standards – these are called conditional zoning districts. These will not be visited by staff until the second phase of the alignment rezoning initiative.

Learn below more about the project and how you can be involved! 


Find helpful resources in understanding the ARZ process


Community Area Planning (CAP) and Alignment Rezoning (ARZ) are companion efforts and play an important role in providing for growth and change in Charlotte. To learn more about the CAP process and register for upcoming workshops click below.