Unified Development Ordinance

The Unified Development Code (Chapter 30 of the City Code) became effective August 1, 2011. The Code is one of the City's important tools in encouraging new development and renovation that helps move the community toward its goals of being a better, more attractive place to live, work and recreate, and for a diverse and viable local economy. 

A digital copy of the UDO Ordinance is available for viewing on Encode Plus.

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EnCode Plus is a web-based version of the City’s entire Code of Ordinances and was officially released in May 2015.

Adopted City Code Amendments in 2016 & 2017, include:

  • Ord. S2016-001, Chapter 2-67, Utilization of Petty Cash Funds
  • Ord. S2016-002, Chapter 30-5.I.3, Design Standards for Vacant Display Windows in Downtown District
  • Ord. S2016-003, Chapter 30-5.G, Deleting Design Standards for Single, Two-Family and Attached Single-Family Residential
  • Ord. S2016-003A, Article 30-4, Separation between Bars and Religious Institutions in Downtown
  • Ord. S2016-004, Chapter 30-3.H, Creating a Riverfront Overlay District
  • Ord. S2016-005, Section 15-16.1, Repealed in its Entirety
  • Ord. S2016-006, Article IV of Title 15, Licensure and Reporting Requirements for Currency Converters
  • Ord. S2016-007, Article 30-4. A & Chapter 30-9 Definitions, Motel & Hotel Standards for Longer Term Stay
  • Ord. S2016-008, Chapter 30-5.L, Major Revision to Sign Code
  • Ord. S2017-001,   Chapter 7, Building Code, Various Amendments  
  • Ord. S2017-003.   Chapter 15, Repealing Various Sections of Article I & II
  • Ord. S2017-004.   Chapter 30, Recreation Uses in the BP District
  • Ord. S2017-005.   Chapter 30, Modify Residential Densities in NC Neighborhood Business District
  • Ord. S2017-006 .  Chapter 30, Modify Expiration Terms for Certificate of Appropriateness
  • Ord. S2017-007.   Chapter 30, Modify Administrative Adjustment Standards for Utility Companies
  • Ord. S2017-008.   Chapter 30, Modify Standards for Temporary Storage Containers
  • Ord. S2017-009.   Article 30, Define and Classify Brewpub, Microbrewery and Related Uses

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Unified Development Ordinance

Since the adoption of the Unified Development Code (Chapter 30 of the City Code) Staff has made adjustments to establish an even better fit with local practices and conditions while furthering the community goals. Incentives, new uses and overlays, and increased flexibility in certain areas are part of a growing "redevelopment toolbox." Adjustments to standards and increased alternatives have effectively integrated tree preservation goals with landscaping, parkland and open space. Other adjustments will continue, all aimed toward balancing the public interests in appearance and stable or increasing property values with the principal objectives of private (re)development. The newest tool, the EnCode Plus version of the City’s Code makes it easy to access and use the regulations in their most current form.

The Planning & Code Enforcement Department staff is committed to helping applicants move through the various permitting and review processes and standards as smoothly as possible. Staff would be glad to continue meeting with neighborhood and professional groups or hold a work session on particular aspects of the Code. Comments during these meetings and with people who use the Code regularly have resulted in numerous corrections and adjustments to date. Continued feedback from users is essential in addressing areas that are unclear, seem inaccurate, or that may warrant some adjustment or amendment to better achieve community goals.

UDO Ordinance
Text Amendment Application


Questions about the UDO and various application procedures should be directed to the Planning and Zoning Division at (910) 433-1612 or (910) 433-1705.