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UDO - Raleigh's New Development Code

posted Jan 31, 2011, 10:10 AM by Reid Serozi   [ updated Mar 1, 2011, 7:58 PM ]


The City of Raleigh is currently undertaking a process to develop a New Development Code, which will take the form of a Unified Development Ordinance (UDO). You can find much more information about the UDO project

Approximately 4 years ago, the City of Raleigh launched a major initiative to update the City’s comprehensive plan and development regulations. During the fall of 2009, the City Council approved the 2030 Comprehensive Plan, a document that provides a vision and policies for future growth and development in Raleigh. Work then began on the updating of the City’s new development regulations, the actual laws that will guide future development. This document has been labeled the Unified Development Ordinance.

The schedule below shows the schedule to adopt the UDO



Original Plan

Jan 2010

Updated Plan

May 2010**

Latest Plan

Jan 2011

Confirmation of direction by City Council

Mar 2010

May 2010

May 2010

Release of Urban Form Map for public review (new requirement)

Not Applicable

Fall 2010


Release of consolidated draft for public comment

Dec 2010

Feb 2011

April 2011

Joint City Council / Planning Commission public hearing

Mar 2011

May 2011

Jul 2011

Adoption of UDO by City Council

Jul 2011

Aug 2011


**May 4, 2010 City Council meeting



I encourage you to watch the video of the evening session of the May 4, 2010 City Council meeting. This is the meeting when the City Council approved the direction for the drafting of the new development regulations.

Discussion Starters

When the UDO Advisory Group was reviewing the Diagnostic & Approach Report, a document used to analyze the existing development regulations and create a framework for the drafting of the new regulations, it prepared a list of Hot Topics.
  • Contextual standards…very important for infill projects
  • Transitional standards…very important for eliminating adverse impacts on adjacent properties
  • Form based regulations and controls...remember, we are moving away from a use and density code to a form and character code
  • Complete streets and transit
  • Open space, including downtown
  • Affordable housing, to include the potential use of incentives
  • Preservation
  • Tree conservation
  • Stormwater management
  • Mapping of City to new zoning districts
Code Studio continues to emphasize that…
  • One size does not fit all…something our current regulations attempt to do.
  • Design standards are really important
  • Having the right rules in the right places is critical"

Examples of areas within the Mordecai CAC

Each CAC needs to choose one or more examples of areas within your CAC for the UDO simulation exercise.

The Planning Department plans to send out teams to conduct these simulations at the MARCH CAC meeting. Each simulation exercise will take about one hour and will be handled by Planning Department staff.

Please think about your CAC area and select one or more examples
  1. Person Street from Peace to Franklin.
  2. Sasser and Elm Street, Tiny Town Rentals Very large track of land in the middle of a neighborhood with no major roads.
  3. Maximum height for residential
  4. Adding sidewalks to both sides of Wake Forest Road
  5. Historic Districts in East Mordecai and Oakdale Neighborhoods
  6. Development standards for an open space behind the Shell Station on Wake Forest