Article 1. Title, Purpose, & Applicability

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1.1 TITLE

The official title of this document is Unified Development Ordinance for the City of Charlotte, North Carolina and is known, cited, and referred to throughout this document as the “City of Charlotte Unified Development Ordinance,” “Unified Development Ordinance,” “Ordinance,” or “UDO.”

1.2 AUTHORITY

A. The development regulations contained in this Ordinance have been adopted pursuant to the authority conferred by the North Carolina General Statutes, and through special legislation enacted by the North Carolina General Assembly for the City of Charlotte.

B. Whenever any provision of this Ordinance refers to or cites a section of the North Carolina General Statues (N.C.G.S.) and that section is later amended or superseded, this Ordinance shall be deemed to refer to the amended section or the section that most nearly corresponds to the superseded section.

1.3 PURPOSE

The purpose and intent of this Unified Development Ordinance is to establish regulations to serve the City of Charlotte, North Carolina, and its extraterritorial jurisdiction to:

A. Promote the public health, safety, and general welfare of the community.

B. Promote orderly development in accordance with the Comprehensive Plan and other City Council adopted development related policies.

C. Assign zoning districts to land within the City and the extra-territorial jurisdiction according to use of land and structures, mass and height of structures, intensity of the use of the lot, or other classification, as deemed best suited to carry out the purposes of this Ordinance.

D. Preserve and enhance the character of structures and communities that constitute the distinct places within the City.

E. Promote economic development that balances the needs of the current and future economy with a high quality of life standard.

F. Provide for preservation, protection, and conservation of natural resources and historic resources.

G. Promote principles of sustainability and resiliency to climate change.

H. Maintain, develop, and plan for public facilities and utilities in an economical and environmentally responsible
manner.

I. Provide a diversity of housing choices for all income levels and groups with an emphasis on affordability.

J. Provide for the protection of public investment in transportation, water, stormwater management systems, sewage treatment and disposal, solid waste treatment and disposal, schools, recreation, public facilities, open space, and other public requirements.

K. Focus growth to support the principles of the City Council adopted Comprehensive Plan by preserving open space and natural areas, reducing traffic congestion, utilizing existing infrastructure and resources, and preserving quality of life.

L. Plan, construct, and maintain an accessible, efficient, multi-modal transportation system that meets the needs of the public and commerce, and creates safe and equitable mobility.

M. Provide for procedures for the administration of the Ordinance and efficient review of development proposals.

1.4 JURISDICTION AND APPLICABILITY

1.5 TRANSITION RULES

1.6 RELATIONSHIP TO OTHER REGULATIONS

1.7 CURRENT VERSIONS AND CITATIONS

1.8 STATE OF EMERGENCY

1.9 SEVERABILITY

1.10 EFFECTIVE DATE

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