Patterson Place Design District Zoning Regulations

The Durham City Council and Durham County Board of Commissioners have adopted Compact Neighborhood Tier areas around planned stations along the proposed Durham-Orange Light Rail Transit (D-O LRT) corridor. The adopted Compact Neighborhoods are envisioned, over the long term, to evolve into communities with development that is higher density, mixed use, and walkable. From Durham Comprehensive Plan policy 2.1.3j.: 

Design Districts are intended to encourage intense development and transit and pedestrian oriented activity. Regulations focus on form of the private and public realm rather than use and intensity. Design Districts are intended to encompass the Downtown and Compact Neighborhood Tiers, and are accommodated by the Downtown Design (DD-) and Compact Design (CD-) zoning districts.

A variety of additional Comprehensive Plan policies have been adopted to guide development in the Compact Neighborhoods. From establishing higher residential densities (Policy 2.1.3d, Table 2-1), to enhancing street-level experiences (Policy 2.2.4a), creating 24-hour places by providing a mix of uses (Policy 2.2.4b), and supporting multi-modal transportation (Policy 2.4.1a). 

Below is an overview of the public input opportunities for the project so far; documents from the previous public meetings are linked at the bottom of the page.

The Planning Department began the process of soliciting public input on the creation of design district zoning regulations for the Patterson Place Compact Neighborhood Tier (see map below) at a first public meeting held on Thursday, October 27th. At this meeting Planning staff provided background on the process that resulted in the adopted Patterson Place Compact Neighborhood Tier boundary and an overview of design district zoning. Staff also requested that participants assist in identifying specific areas of concern within the Patterson Place area that may require special attention in the development of this particular design district. 

Planning staff held a second public input session on this project on July 20, 2017. At this meeting Planning staff provided background on the project to date, including a review of design district zoning elements, an update on the TOD Planning Grant project, and solicited suggestions for mapping sub-districts, appropriate heights and densities, strategies for environmental protection, and future street connections. Staff has reviewed the input provided by participants and begun working on possible zoning district regulations appropriate for the station area. In addition, coordination with the stakeholders involved in the TOD Planning Grant has been on-going while the consultant team works to complete a D-OLRT corridor market study and sketchbook (guiding vision document) and strategic infrastructure recommendations, specifically for Patterson Place and three additional station areas in Durham. The TOD Planning Grant work is expected to come to a close in the next month or two.

On May 29, 2018 Planning staff hosted another public input meeting. 

At this meeting Planning staff proposed for feedback:

•  Sub-district boundaries;
Future street network; 
Environmental protection standards (including a floodplain setback and steep slope 
   regulation revisions);

Proposed heights and densities, including an affordable housing bonus, for each sub-
   district; and 

Draft parking regulation revisions. 

These proposals were informed by the previous (July 2017) public meeting. The meeting content can be reviewed below. If you were unable to attend the meeting and would like to provide feedback, please fill out the input worksheet and email it to Planning staff (contact info below).

Questions on this project can be directed to:

Lisa Miller, Senior Planner/Urban Designer 

919-560-4137, ext. 28270 


May 29, 2018 meeting materials
 1.  Sub-district Boundaries
 2.  Height, Density and Affordable Housing
 3.  Floodplain Setbacks
 4.  Steep Slope Revisions
 5.  Future Street Network
 6.  Parking Requirements
 7.  Input Worksheet on Meeting Concepts

July 20, 2017 meeting materials
  1.  Base Map
  2.  Environmental Resources Map
  3.  Street Network Map
  4.  Info Sheet on Workshop Exercises
  5.  Input Worksheet on Workshop Exercises

October 27, 2016 meeting materials:
  1.  Patterson Place Compact Neighborhood Tier Boundary
  2.  Background Information and FAQ sheet
  3.  Comment sheet
  4.  Sub-districts poster
  5.  Building Placement, Height and Density poster
  6.  Block and Street Standards poster
  7.  Frontage and Building Types poster
  8.  Design Standards poster
  9.  Parking, Loading and Service Areas poster
10.  October 27th Public Meeting presentation slides