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). 

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. The meeting materials are linked below. 

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, and solicited input on the following::

Placement of sub-districts within the tier (which regulate height and density)
Appropriate density and height for the sub-districts in this Tier
Strategies for protecting the sensitive environmental features (such as the New Hope Creek corridor)
Appropriate street network

Staff will be reviewing the input provided by participants and reporting back at the next public meeting. Stakeholders can still provide feedback on these items on the below input worksheet.

Questions on this project can be directed to:

Lisa Miller, Senior Planner/Urban Designer 

(919)560-4137, ext. 28270


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