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 for Review and Comment 

(Public review and comment period is open and continues until the amendment is adopted)

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)

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)

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)

TC1800007- Expanding Housing Choices: Please click here for more information.
  • Planning Commission Meeting Date: March 12, 2019
  • Public hearing continued to May 14, 2019 and June 11, 2019

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

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

TC1800005 - Tree and Landscaping Revisions
: Amendments to tree coverage and landscape/buffer requirements in 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 Meeting Date: Item referred back to staff- new public hearing to be determined
  • Board of County Commissioners Meeting Date: To be determined
TC1800009 – Compact Suburban Design District: Amendments to Article 16, Design Districts, and other associated sections, to establish new standards for the proposed Compact Suburban Design (CSD) zoning district, and other technical amendments to current Design District zoning standards. Note: This text amendment is associated with zoning map change Z1800030 Patterson Place Design District. For more information please click here.
(Contact: Lisa Miller, 919-560-4137 ext. 28270)
  • City Council Meeting Date: Hearing continued to August 5, 2019
  • Board of County Commissioners Meeting Date: August 12, 2019 (tentative)