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 is beginning the process of soliciting public input on the creation of design district zoning regulations for the Patterson Place Compact Neighborhood Tier (see map below). A first public meeting is scheduled as follows: 

Thursday, October 27th at 6:30PM

Githens Middle School Library, 4800 Old Chapel Hill Rd, Durham NC

At this meeting Planning staff will provide background on the process that resulted in the adopted Patterson Place Compact Neighborhood Tier boundary and an overview of design district zoning. Staff will also request 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.

Questions on this project can be directed to: 

Lisa Miller, Senior Planner/Urban Designer 
(919)560-4137, ext. 28270

Additional Information:
Patterson Place Compact Neighborhood Tier Boundary (PDF)