What is the Charlotte UDO?

Charlotte’s population has more than doubled since the 1990s. Yet its development regulations have not gone through a full update since that time. Moreover, we expect Charlotte’s exceptional growth to continue due, in part, to the City’s strong economy and quality of life. Development regulations will play a major role in what this growth looks like.

The City of Charlotte’s Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) is a set of regulations designed to guide our city’s future development. Importantly, the UDO will guide growth to bring to life the vision of the Charlotte Future 2040 Comprehensive Plan policies. The UDO also builds from other City policies, including the Charlotte Moves: Strategic Mobility Plan, the Charlotte Streets Map, the Strategic Energy Action Plan, and the Tree Canopy Action Plan. Above all, we’re undertaking this multi-year effort now to more effectively manage today’s growth and better plan for the future.

So what is the Charlotte UDO?

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The UDO combines regulations and standards from eight (8) different development ordinances into a single comprehensive document.  The UDO updates regulations and standards currently found in the City’s Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision OrdinanceTree OrdinanceChapter 19 (Streets and Sidewalks)Floodplain RegulationsSoil Erosion & Sedimentation Control RegulationsPost-Construction Stormwater Regulations, and Driveway/Access Standards.

Have more questions about the UDO? Find the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions here.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) 

Read the First Draft of the UDO

UDO Team

Development of the UDO is led by the City of Charlotte Planning, Design & Development Department. Charlotte’s UDO team is working with the consulting firm Camiros, Ltd, a planning and design firm based in Chicago. Camiros has crafted zoning and development ordinances for cities, counties, and towns across the United States, including Baltimore, Buffalo, Providence, New Orleans, and Clark County, NV.

The law firm of Parker Poe is providing legal review of proposed UDO language and standards for compatibility and compliance with local, state, and federal laws.