Angier-Driver Planning and Zoning Study

For additional information, contact: 
Email Hannah Jacobson, 919-560-4137, ext. 28247

Second Public Workshop Materials 

The Planning Department hosted a public workshop on December 7 to receive input the boundaries of the business district and whether the Commercial Infill (CI) zoning district may be appropriate.  Materials from the meeting can be found in the links below. 

Public Workshop II Presentation 
Station 1: Introducing the Angier-Driver Land Use and Zoning Study
Station 2: What we’ve heard so far …
Station 3: How do you define the boundaries of the business district?
Station 4: Challenges with Existing Commercial Neighborhood “CN” Zoning
Station 5: Is Commercial Infill “CI” zoning right for Angier-Driver?
Station 6: Commercial Infill Uses
Station 7: Building Placement and Design
Station 8: Parking and Buffers

First Public Workshop Materials 

The Planning Department hosted a public workshop on June 29 to receive input on the direction of the Angier-Driver Planning and Zoning Study. Materials from the meeting can be found in the links below. 

Public Workshop Presentation 
Introducing the Angier-Driver Land Use and Zoning Study
What We’ve Heard So Far…
Sub-Area Boundaries
Sub-Area A
Sub-Area B
Sub-Area C
Sub-Area D


Bringing the Angier-Driver business district back to life is a goal shared by community members and the City. In 2014, a public works project to give the “streetscape” a fresh facelift was completed. In beautifying the blocks leading to the intersection of Angier Avenue and Driver Street with new trees, benches, sidewalks and crosswalks, the goal was to make the shops more accessible and pleasant to visit. While the streetscape project has been successful in many ways, there are less obvious factors that pose challenges to reviving the business district. One challenge is that current zoning can make it hard to re-use and preserve existing commercial buildings.

The City-County Planning Department is exploring these zoning issues by engaging residents, businesses, and people in the neighborhoods who would frequent the Angier-Driver businesses district to work, shop, or dine. Over the past year, the Planning staff has attended community meetings, conducted surveys, and held a “kick-off” public workshop. A second public workshop is scheduled for December 7, 2017.

Revitalization of the Angier-Driver business district will not happen overnight, and will not be achieved by zoning changes alone. Partnerships, both within the City, and with organizations committed to providing resources and counseling to small and minority owned businesses are vital. It is important that existing residents and stakeholders have a place and a voice in the success of the Angier-Driver business district now and into the future.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the City considering rezoning?

Current zoning rules, which have been in place for decades, pose significant challenges to:

•Property owners and small businesses who want to use and preserve the commercial building stock. 
•Residents who want to expand or renovate their current homes; and
•Property owners who want to build on their vacant land.

What is zoning?

Zoning is a set of local rules that regulate land use and development. Zoning shapes many aspects of development in Durham including what land uses are permitted, the height of buildings, parking, and more. The City’s zoning regulations can be found in the Unified Development Ordinance.

What is a rezoning? What opportunities are there for public comment and input?

A rezoning is the public process resulting in a change in the zoning designation of a property. While the City Council ultimately decides the outcome of a rezoning request, there are multiple opportunities to provide input into the process, including attending public workshops or public hearings, filling out surveys, or contacting Planning Department staff. 

What is the primary zoning challenge for the business district?

Parking. Many of the small properties cannot accommodate the amount of on-site parking that zoning regulations call for in the Commercial Neighborhood (CN) zoning district. As a result, many new businesses cannot get the necessary approvals from the Planning Department. 

How was the preliminary boundary for this study chosen?

The preliminary study boundary is defined by the existing non-residential zoning districts in the vicinity of the intersection of Angier Avenue and Driver Street, north of the railroad tracks. The boundary is described as ‘preliminary’ because the scope of study may expand or contract, depending on input received and further analysis.