The Charlotte Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) is now in effect.
The adoption of the UDO was a city-wide effort to update the regulations that guide growth and development in Charlotte. The UDO combined eight development ordinances, including the zoning ordinance, into one set of regulations to make them clearer and easier to use.
DOWNLOAD THE FULL ADOPTED UDO
If you would like to download the full text of the UDO (as amended on May 15, 2023), we invite you to do so here.
DISCLAIMER: This is a large file.
Read the UDO by Article
Zoning Districts and Overlay Articles
Article 2. Rules of Construction, Abbreviations, & Definitions
Article 13. Transit Oriented Development (TOD) Zoning Districts
Uses and Development Standards
Article 26. Surface Water Improvement, & Management (SWIM) Buffers
Subdivision, Streets, & Other Infrastructure
Article 29. Introduction to Subdivision, Streets, & Infrastructure
Article 32. Required New Streets & Transportation Improvements
Article 33. Standards for Streets, Off-Street Public Paths, & Cross Access
UDO SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS
The UDO has several accompanying documents and manuals to provide additional standards that support the UDO. View these documents by topic area here.
Each draft of the UDO incorporated public input to ensure alignment with the community's vision. Staff gathered and considered feedback on the first draft UDO from the time of its initial release on October 7, 2021 until March 18, 2022. This comment period generated over 1,200 public comments and many more comments from elected and appointed officials as well as City and County staff. Many of these comments were incorporated into the second draft UDO, also known as the public hearing draft, which was released for public review and comment from June 3, 2022 through June 30, 2022.
In addition to public comments on the second draft, community members also had the opportunity to provide public comment before the City Council at the UDO Public Hearing on July 11, 2022. Staff has since responded to all comments and recommended changes for Planning Committee consideration, where appropriate.
Staff prepared and presented these recommended changes to the Planning Committee of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission on July 19,2022. At this meeting, the Planning Committee recommended, with changes, the Charlotte UDO for adoption by City Council.
City Council adopted the UDO on Monday, August, 22, 2022. The adopted UDO is available on this site above.
Two text amendments to the UDO were approved by the Charlotte City Council on May 15, 2023. They are:
Clean Up Text Amendment (Rezoning Petition 2023-058) TEXT
Land Clearing and Inert Debris (LCID) Landfill Text Amendment (Rezoning Petition 2023-056) TEXT
ARCHIVE: FIRST, SECOND, & ADOPTION DRAFT UDO
First draft UDO (Full PDF)
Second draft UDO (Full PDF)
UDO Adoption Draft (Full PDF)
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First Draft UDO Release
OCT 7, 2021
The first public draft was developed by the City of Charlotte and Mecklenburg County staff, with feedback from its Ordinance Advisory Committee and consultant support from Camiros, Ltd.
First Draft UDO Review Period
OCT 7, 2021 - MAR 18, 2022
Comments on the first draft of the UDO were accepted through March 18, 2022.
Second Draft UDO Release (Public Hearing Draft)
JUN 3, 2022
The second draft was released on June 3, 2022. This was also referred to as the public hearing draft that was open for community public comment before City Council and the Planning Commission.
Second Draft UDO Comment Period
JUN 3- JUN 30, 2022
The second draft of the UDO was open for public comments through June 30, 2022.
JUL 11, 2022
The public hearing on the Public Hearing Draft of the UDO was held on July 11, 2022.
Planning Committee Recommendation
JUL 19, 2022
The Planning Committee of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission recommended the Public Hearing Draft with Recommended Changes for Planning Committee Consideration to City Council on July 19, 2022.
City Council Decision
AUG 22, 2022
The adoption draft was considered and approved by City Council on August 22, 2022.
UDO Text Amendments
MAY 15, 2023
The UDO was amended on May 15 when City Council approved two text amendment petitions. The following text amendments were approved:
Rezoning Petition 2023-058 – Clean Up Text Amendment
Rezoning Petition 2023-056 – Land Clearing and Inert Debris (LCID) Landfill Text Amendment
UDO Effective Date
JUN 1, 2023
The new ordinance is now in effect. Conventional zoning districts under the old ordinance translated to a UDO zoning district on this date. To learn more about whether your zoning changed on June 1 please visit: CharlotteUDO.org/June1Zoning