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.

TC1900004- Amendments Related to Affordable Housing: A privately initiated text amendment application to make various changes related to aiding the production of affordable housing. 
(Contact: Michael Stock, 919-560-4137 ext. 28227) 
JCCPC review: December 4, 2019


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

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) Public Hearing Date: November 12, 2019. Recommended Approval: 9-4

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)

  • TC1800007- Expanding Housing Choices
    • City Council public hearing: September 3, 2019 - Approved 6-1
    • Board of Commissioners public hearing: September 23, 20190 - Referred back to staff.
  • TC1800005 – Tree Coverage and Landscape Revisions (PDF): Amendments to tree coverage and landscape/buffer requirements in Article 4, Zoning Districts; Articles 8; Environmental Protection, Article 9, Landscaping and Buffering; Article 17, Definitions; and other associated sections. (Contact: Michael Stock, 919-560-4137 ext. 28227)
    • City Council Public Hearing: October 21, 2019. Approved 7-0.
    • Board of Commissioners Public Hearing: October 28, 2019. Approved 4-0.
  • TC1900001 - Omnibus Changes 13: Technical and other amendments to various sections of the UDO, including amendments regarding the current process for permitting chickens, Sedimentation and Erosion Control standards, additional sidewalk requirements, and accessory solar installations. Click here to view the document. (Contact: Michael Stock, 919-560-4137 ext. 28227)
    • City Council public hearing: November 18, 2019. Approved 6-0
    • Board of Commissioners public hearing: November 25, 2019. Approved 4-0
  • TC1900003 - FEMA FIRM Updates A text amendment to Sec. 8.4, Floodplain and Flood Damage Protection Standards, to adopt revised flood insurance rate map (FIRM) panels issued by FEMA. 
    Click here to view the document. (Contact: Michael Stock, 919-560-4137 ext. 28227)
    • Board of Commissioners Public Hearing: October 28, 2019. Approved 4-0.
    • City Council Public Hearing: November 18, 2019. Approved 6-0.
Public Hearing Date: September 10, 2019. Recommended approval- 12-0.
Public Hearing Date: November 12, 2019. Recommended Approval 9-4