Pending Text Amendments and Public Participation

There are 3 stages when you can have input into the text amendment adoption process. They are:  
  1. Review and Comment Period - Public review period opens with no public hearings scheduled; special public information sessions, if any, will be noted below. 
  2. Planning Commission Review - A public hearing is held as noted below. After the hearing the Planning Commission makes a recommendation to the governing boards. 
  3. City Council and Board of County Commissioners Review - Each governing body holds separate public hearings and then take final action to approve, disapprove, or modify the text amendment.
Please note that draft text amendments are subject to modifications as they move through the review and approval process.

The following are pending amendments to the text of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) at various stages of the approval process. Please contact the appropriate staff person identified with the amendment for any questions or to make comments regarding the proposed amendment.

Amendments Under Review


The following text amendments are under review and are scheduled for review by the Joint City-County Planning Committee (JCCPC). No public hearing is scheduled at this time.

Amendments Scheduled for Planning Commission Public Hearing


(After a public hearing, the Durham Planning Commission will make a recommendation to City Council and Board of County Commissioners)
  • TC1700002- Sign Revisions: Revisions to, and re-organization of, the current signage regulations within Article 11, Sign Standards, and other associated sections, primarily to conform to the United States Supreme Court ruling in Reed v. Town of Gilbert, along with any other updates necessary to conform to other applicable state or federal law. (Contact: Michael Stock, 919-560-4137 ext. 28227) 
    Public Hearing Date: December 10, 2019. Recommended Denial: 5-7
  • TC1800010 - NPO Revisions: – Amendments to Article 2, Review Authority; and Article 4, Zoning Districts, regarding revisions to the Neighborhood Protection Overlay (NPO) process.
    Contact: Michael Stock, 919-560-4137 ext. 28227) 
    Public Hearing Date: January 14, 20120. Recommended Approval: 9-1
  • TC1900005 - Affordable Housing Dwelling Unit Definition: An amendment to revise the definition of “affordable housing dwelling unit” in Sec. 17.3, Defined Terms.
    (Contact: Michael Stock, 919-560-4137 ext. 28227) 
    Public Hearing Date: November 12, 2019. Recommended Approval: 9-4

Amendments Scheduled for City Council & Board of County Commissioners Public Hearings


(Final action to be taken after the public hearings by both governing bodies) 

  • TC1900002 - Outdoor Lighting Amendment: A privately-initiated amendment to Sec. 7.4.2B.2 of the UDO regarding lighting for outdoor recreational activities.(Contact: Carl Kolosna, 919-560-4137 ext. 28247) 
    • City Council public hearing: January 21, 2020. 
    • Board of Commissioners: January 27, 2020
Public Hearing Date: November 12, 2019. Recommended Approval 9-4