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).
Revisions to Sign Regulations
In 2017, The Durham City-County Planning Department, in conjunction with the City and County Attorney’s offices, initiated a project to revise Durham’s sign regulations found primarily within Article 11 of the Unified Development Ordinance. The primary purpose for this project is to update the regulations to comply with the Reed v. Town of Gilbert decision by the Supreme Court of the United States. Additional updates to comply with other state and/or federal laws, along with general technical clarifications, re-organizations, and minor changes will also be included.