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Thank you for your interest in the Charlotte Unified Development Ordinance (UDO)!

The Charlotte UDO is a city-wide effort to update the regulations that guide growth and development in Charlotte. The UDO combines eight development ordinances, including the zoning ordinance, into one set of regulations to make them clearer and easier to use. 

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. 

The UDO adoption draft includes each of these recommended changes. This is the draft City Council will consider during their scheduled vote on the UDO on Monday, August 22, 2022.

 

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HOW TO READ THE REDLINED UDO ADOPTION DRAFT

The redlined draft includes text markups to illustrate where items have been added, altered, or removed. This method offers a clear view of changes made between the first, second, and adoption drafts. There are also a few “Editor’s Notes” included in purple. These notes point to additional changes that could not be shown in redline. New or updated diagrams are also indicated with a note in purple. 

Redline strikethrough and underlined blue text continue to indicate changes from the first draft UDO to the public hearing draft, also known as the second draft UDO. Items highlighted in green reflect recommended changes from input on the public hearing draft as presented to the Planning Committee on July 19, 2022. Additional recommended changes by the Planning Committee are shown in orange highlight (found in Article 15, Use Regulations). 

Non-substantive changes, such as grammatical corrections, correction of misspellings, numbering within sections and of articles, updates to crossreferences and illustrations, and formatting changes, may not be shown in redline or highlight.

 

READ THE REDLINED UDO ADOPTION DRAFT BY ARTICLE

 

Article 1: Title, Purpose, & Applicability

Article 2: Rules of Construction, Abbreviations, & Definitions

Article 3: Zoning Districts, Zoning Maps, & Frontages

Article 4: Neighborhood 1 Zoning Districts

Article 5: Neighborhood 2 Zoning Districts

Article 6: Commercial Zoning Districts

Article 7: Campus Zoning Districts

Article 8: Manufacturing & Logistics Zoning Districts

Article 9: Innovation Mixed-Use Zoning Districts

Article 10: Neighborhood Center Zoning Districts

Article 11: Community Activity Center Zoning Districts

Article 12: Regional Activity Center Districts

Article 13: Transit Oriented Development Zoning Districts

Article 14: Special Purpose & Overlay Zoning Districts

Article 15: Use Regulations

Article 16: General Development Regulations

Article 17: Accessory Structures

Article 18: Architectural Features

Article 19: Off-Street Vehicle & Bicycle Parking

Article 20: Landscape, Screening, & Tree Preservation

Article 21: Loading Spaces & Service Areas

Article 22: Signs

Article 23: Water Supply Watershed Protection

Article 24: Drainage

Article 25: Post-Construction Stormwater Regulations

Article 26: Surface Water Improvement & Management (SWIM) Buffers

Article 27: Floodplain Regulations

Article 28: Soil Erosion & Sedimentation Control

Article 29: Introduction to Subdivision, Streets, & Infrastructure

Article 30: Subdivision

Article 31: Network, Cross-Access, & Driveway Regulations

Article 32: Required New Streets & Transportation Improvements

Article 33: Standards for Streets, Off-Street Public Paths, & Cross Access

Article 34: Other Infrastructure

Article 35: Ordinance Bodies & Administrators

Article 36: General Processes

Article 37: Amendments & Development Approvals

Article 38: Nonconformities

Article 39: Enforcement

 

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ARCHIVE: FIRST AND SECOND DRAFT UDO

First draft UDO (Full PDF)

Second draft UDO (Full PDF)

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.

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PROJECT TIMELINE

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First Draft UDO Release

OCT 7, 2021

The 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.

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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. Comments on the first draft are no longer being accepted.

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Second Draft UDO Release (Public Hearing Draft)

JUN 3, 2022

The second draft, also referred to as the public hearing draft, was released on June 3, 2022. This is the draft for community comment at the public hearing before City Council and the Planning Commission.

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Second Draft UDO Comment Period

JUN 3- JUN 30, 2022

The second draft of the UDO will be open for public comments through June 30, 2022.

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Public Hearing

JUL 11, 2022

The public hearing on this draft of the UDO will be held on July 11, 2022.

 

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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.

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City Council Decision

AUG 22, 2022

A third draft will be considered and voted on by City Council on August 22, 2022.