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Potential Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District (NCOD) for the North Hills Area

Last updated May 17, 2017 - 10:56 am

In early February, residents of the North Hills neighborhood in midtown Raleigh submitted a petition to City Council requesting consideration for a neighborhood built environmental characteristics and regulations analysis.

This analysis is the first step in the potential creation of a Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District (NCOD). NCODs are zoning overlays that preserve and enhance the general quality and appearance of neighborhoods by regulating built environmental characteristics such as lot size, setbacks, building height, and vehicular surface area. NCODs generally apply several more restrictive standards than base zoning districts. Read more about other overlay tools used to preserve the character of neighborhoods on the Character Preservation Overlay Districts page.

Status Updates

North Hills NCOD

On May 16, 2017, Planning staff presented the findings from the Built Environmental Characteristics analysis to City Council. At the meeting, Council authorized the applicant to initiate the text change process.

View a large version of the North Hills NCOD study area map and the following built characteristics maps, data and report:

Process/Steps

  • Citizens submit petition to City Council requesting consideration for an analysis of neighborhood built environmental characteristics and regulations (February 7, 2017)
  • City Council directs staff to complete the built environmental characteristics and regulations analysis (February 7, 2017)
  • Planning staff presentation of the results of the analysis at a neighborhood meeting (April 26, 2017)
  • Planning staff presents the analysis to City Council and Council decides whether to authorize a text change to incorporate the neighborhood characteristics and regulations into the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) (May 16, 2017)
  • Text change public hearing process occurs (results in approval or denial)
  • If the text change is adopted, a rezoning petition may then be submitted to apply the NCOD characteristics to a specific area
    • Rezoning petition must be signed by 51% of the property owners within the NCOD area
    • Petitions must be received within 4 years of the adoption of the NCOD characteristics and regulations into the UDO

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