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September 27, 2019

Notice of Upcoming Public Meetings and Planning Events

Please note: Agenda items are current at time of posting, but may not be available for review at this time. Items may be changed, updated, or added after the initial posting.


Apply Now for the Fall 2019 Durham Planning Academy!

Planning Academy
City-County Planning: Planning Academy
Planning Academy Classes

Have you ever wondered to yourself….What exactly is zoning and what can/can’t it do? How do things get built in Durham? Why does that building or site look like that? How and why do you plan for something that is 5, 10, or 15 years away? What legal basis does the City and County have to regulate land? How can citizens get involved in planning matters?

This year the Durham City-County Planning Department is hosting a one-day course covering topics from Durham’s history of planning and zoning, current development review processes, and special topics such as law, transportation, and the new Durham Comprehensive Plan. The Fall 2019 Planning Academy session will be held on Friday, October 25th, from 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. The Academy is free for attendees and breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Please fill out this survey to sign up. Applications are due on Friday, October 4th by 5:00 p.m. Space is limited to the first 75 applicants, so register today! Preference will be given to applicants who live in Durham or who are assisting with the Engage Durham initiative as well as residents who are not already involved in City or County boards or commissions.
For more information, visit the Durham Planning Academy Web page or contact Kayla Seibel with the Durham City-County Planning Department at Kayla.Seibel@DurhamNC.gov  or (919) 560-4137, ext. 28271. 

New Self-Guided Neighborhood Meeting Information and Address Search

Neighborhood Meetings

The City of Durham and Durham County now offer a quick and user-friendly system for applicants proposing Future Land Use Amendments to the Durham Comprehensive Plan, Zoning Map Changes with a Traffic Impact Analysis, Conservation Subdivisions, and other applications which require a neighborhood meeting prior to submitting the application, per the Unified Development Ordinance. Click the image above to learn about the requirements and how to retrieve the addresses of surrounding property owners to notify them about a required neighborhood meeting. 

Political Signs Permitted

Election Signs Permitted

Based on the election schedule, political signs may be placed in the City of Durham city limits right-of-way beginning July 23, 2019.  All signs associated with the election must be removed from the right-of-way on November 22, 2019, by 5:00 p.m.

Applicant-Sponsored Neighborhood Meeting

Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 6:30 p.m.
Catch the Fire Worship Center, Multipurpose Room
2304 Page Road, Durham, NC 27703

Morningstar Law Group is hosting a neighborhood meeting to discuss a potential change to the Future Land Use Map for the property located at 551 Olive Branch Road. The proposal includes changing the land use designation from Low Density Residential (LDR) /Recreation and Open Space (ROS) to Low to Medium Residential (LMDR) / Recreation and Open Space (ROS). In addition, the proposal includes a zoning map change from Rural Residential (RR) to Planned Density Residential 4.800 (PDR 4.800).
The meeting will be held on October 1, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Catch the Fire Worship Center, 2304 Page Road, Durham, NC.

Meeting Contact: Nil Gosh, Morningstar Law Group, 919-590-0362 or nghosh@morningstarlawgroup.com

Upcoming Public Meetings

Historic Preservation Commission

Tuesday, October 1, 2019, 8:30 a.m.
Committee Room, 2nd Floor,
City Hall, 101 City Hall Plaza
Link to the Durham Historic Preservation Commission Agenda

The Durham Historic Preservation Commission will hold public hearings on October 1, 2019, at 8:30 a.m. in the Committee Room, 2nd Floor, 101 City Hall Plaza, to consider the following:

Certificates of Appropriateness

  • 2401 West Club Boulevard (COA1900080): A request submitted for installation of front portico and replacement of front walkway.
  • 1305 Maryland Avenue (COA1900082): A request submitted for construction of rear addition and modifications to original windows.

Public Review: The applications, staff reports, and maps may be reviewed in the Development Services Center, Ground Floor, 101 City Hall Plaza, weekdays between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. For further information contact Preservation@DurhamNC.gov, or call 919-560-4137. Please reference the project case number.

Public Participation: Any person may attend the public hearing and should be present at 8:30 a.m. The Chair will recognize all persons wishing to speak and will allocate time to individual speakers based upon the number of persons to be heard. Substantial changes to the proposed action may be made following the public hearing. The Chair reserves the right to limit repetitive or hearsay testimony.

Joint City-County Planning Committee

Wednesday, October 2, 2019, 9:30 a.m.
Committee Room, 2nd Floor,
City Hall,101 City Hall Plaza

Link to Joint City-County Planning Committee Agenda

The function of the Joint City-County Planning Committee is to expedite consideration by the two governing bodies of planning issues which affect both governments. The Committee advises the Durham City Council and Durham County Board of Commissioners and has no ultimate decision-making power. Items on the agenda are not public hearings.

  • Comprehensive Plan Update 
  • Outdoor Lighting, TC1900002 
  • Affordable Housing Dwelling Unit Definition, TC1900005 
  • Expanding Housing Choices, TC1800007

Durham City Council

Monday, October 7, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
City Council Chambers, 1st Floor
City Hall,101 City Hall Plaza

Link to the Durham City Council Agenda

  • No items will be presented by Planning

Durham County Board of County Commissioners

Monday, October 24, 2019, 7:00 p.m.
Commissioners' Meeting Room, 2nd Floor
200 E. Main Street

Link to the Durham County Board of County Commissioners

  • No items will be presented by Planning

Notice under the Americans with Disabilities Act 

A person with a disability may receive an auxiliary aid or service to effectively participate in City government activities by contacting the ADA Coordinator, voice 919.560.4197, or ADA@DurhamNC.gov, as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the event or deadline date.

How to Find More Information about Board and Commission Agendas:

The City's Agenda Center web page has the latest agenda materials and minutes for all City-County Boards and Commissions. See also the Public Hearings and Notices page on the City Clerk's web site.


link to Engage Durham website

Check out ENGAGEDurham, the website for a pilot of coordinated community engagement for the City and County!
Based on the City’s Equitable Community Engagement Blueprint, ENGAGEDurham is a pilot initiative to coordinate engagement efforts between City/County Planning, City Transportation, City Neighborhood Improvement Services, and City General Services Departments. This pilot will be a multi-year engagement process to influence outcomes for a variety of projects, including our new Comprehensive Plan, new County Transit Plan, the Belt Line trail, the Move Durham study, the Third Fork Creek Trail extension, and the R. Kelly Bryant Bridge Trail.
Check out the site, with links to information on each of the projects, and sign up to receive email or text updates as these projects progress!

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