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.
City Council adopted the UDO on August 22, 2022! The adopted UDO is available below.
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 below.
DOWNLOAD THE FULL ADOPTED UDO
If you would like to download the full version of the adopted UDO 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
ARCHIVE: FIRST, SECOND, & ADOPTION DRAFT UDO
First draft UDO (Full PDF)
Second draft UDO (Full PDF)
UDO Adoption Draft (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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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.
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, 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.
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.