UDO - Zoning Remapping

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Last updated May 15, 2015 - 4:14 pm
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The City of Raleigh is in the process of rezoning approximately 30% of the City. This rezoning will update the official zoning map to reflect the new zoning districts adopted in the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO). The UDO is a complete rewrite of the existing zoning code, which governs land use. Below is a link to an interactive map that allows users to view existing and proposed zoning districts, all comments on specific parcels received during the initial public comment period, and staff responses to these comments.

The Planning Commission finished its review of zoning case Z-27-14 – UDO Zoning Remapping on April 14. The City Council received the Planning Commission’s recommendation at Council’s April 21 meeting. See the section below titled “Roadmap to Adoption” for full details on the review and adoption process.

City Council Review

The City Council has scheduled the Official Zoning Public Hearing:

Tuesday, July 7, 2015
7:00 p.m.
City Council Chamber, Rm 201
Avery C. Upchurch Municipal Center
222 W. Hargett Street

The public hearing will be widely advertised. All affected property owners and owners of properties within 100 feet of the parcels proposed for rezoning (as determined from the Wake County tax listing) will be sent a first class mailed notice describing the proposed rezoning and the time and place for the public hearing. Additionally, there will be legal notices published in the newspaper, and public hearing signs will be posted throughout the areas where the rezoning will take place.

City Council has also scheduled up to three Work Sessions in the City Council Chamber for review of the Planning Commission’s recommendation:

Monday, May 4, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
View the Work Session Resource Materials.

Monday, May 11 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
View the Work Session Resource Materials.

Monday, May 18 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
View the Work Session Resource Materials.

View the Resource Materials for City Council Review.


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Proposed Rezoning Map

Proposed Rezoning Map

Use the map viewer to research any property of interest. The existing zoning is shown on the left; the Planning Commission's proposed zoning is on the right. You can research properties by entering the address or Parcel Identification Number (PIN) or you can pan and zoom the map to simply click to select the targeted parcel. The viewer provides brief descriptions of the old and new districts. You can view comments received during the initial comment period by selecting the “Feedback” checkbox. To see the checkbox, hover your mouse over the “Layers” icon in the upper right corner of the “Proposed Zoning” map. The green pins on the map show parcels for which a comment was received and include both the comment received and the staff response. Note that the map is now frozen and no new comments can be pinned to the map.

View the Proposed Rezoning Map

Roadmap to Adoption

This is an ambitious effort covering more than a third of the City’s land area and nearly 35,000 parcels. The comment period on the initial draft zoning map occurred between May 19 and September 30, 2014. City staff received, analyzed and responded to 1,750 comments. The initial draft zoning map is simply the starting point for shaping the final official zoning map. The methodology used by staff to prepare the draft map is outlined in the three documents listed in the “Technical Remapping Guidance to Staff” sidebar section to the right.

Initial Public Comment Phase – completed September 30, 2014

Staff evaluated and responded to all comments and requests received. Requests for changes to the proposed zoning were transmitted to the Planning Commission on October 14, 2014.

Planning Commission Review and Recommendation - completed April 14, 2015

The Planning Commission began its review of the draft map on October 21, 2014. During its series of review meetings, the Commission gave consideration to change requests received during the initial public review period as well as requests delivered directly to the Planning Commission. The Commission’s recommendation for the zoning remapping was approved on April 14, 2015.

City Council Review and Adoption

The City Council will first review the draft map and recommendations from the Planning Commission during work session as noted above. Public comment on the proposed rezoning will be received during the Official Zoning Public Hearing. After City Council closes the public hearing, Council may rezone any of the properties described in the rezoning case or any part thereof to any zoning classification, including applicable overlay zoning districts. There are no time limitations following the Public Hearing within which the City Council must act on the rezoning case.

Proposed rezonings only become official upon the adoption of an ordinance by City Council amending the official zoning map. Until that time, the existing zoning remains in full force.

Planning Commission Review

The Planning Commission reviewed the staff-prepared draft map during a series of meetings from October 21, 2014 through April 14, 2015.

View the Planning Commission Resource Materials.

The links below will allow you to view the agenda packets. Videos of the meetings can be found by going to RTN streaming video page and expanding the "Other Government Meetings" section.

October 21Agenda
November 4Agenda
November 18Agenda
December 2Agenda
December 16Agenda
January 6Agenda
January 20Agenda
February 3Agenda
March 3Agenda
March 17 - 9:00 a.m.
March 17 - 7:00 p.m.Agenda
March 31Agenda
April 7Agenda
April 14

Common District Exchanges

The Zoning District Exchange sheets compare similarities and differences between the most common proposed exchanges of a UDO zoning district for an existing zoning district. If you don’t see the exchange proposed for the property that interests you, you can email us at or telephone 919-996-6363.

Zoning Comparisons:

Special Residential-30 Zoning (SP R-30)

One aspect of the citywide rezoning that the Planning Commission considered is property now zoned Special Residential-30 (SP R-30). The Unified Development Ordinance discontinues SP R-30 and the Glenwood Brooklyn and Pullen Park neighborhoods will be rezoned to new districts. The draft presented for public review (May – September 2014) replaces SP R-30 with Residential-10 (R-10) or Residential Mixed Use (RX-). These districts are not a perfect match to SP R-30, but provide comparable regulation for residential uses.

An option for consideration in rezoning SP R-30 districts is the creation of a new Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District (-NCOD) that would supplement R-10 and RX- zoning. Generally speaking, the -NCOD provides a way to conserve a neighborhood’s built environmental characteristics and reduce conflicts between new construction and existing development.

The Planning Commission discussed properties zoned SP R-30 and the option of a Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District on March 3 and March 31.

Additional Information:

Zoning Fundamentals

Not familiar with how zoning works? Read a brief tutorial that outlines some of the basic concepts of zoning, which has been in use in the United States for almost 100 years and in Raleigh since 1923.

How to Contact Us

The public comment period for the staff-prepared draft rezoning map has closed. Comments and change requests on the map are no longer being received by staff or the Planning Commission. Any further comments on the draft map must be delivered to the City Council.

Staff can respond to general questions and provide clarification regarding the new UDO zoning districts and the zoning remapping process.

BY EMAIL: You can email your questions or requests for clarification to

BY PHONE: We have set up a dedicated phone line at 919-996-6363. While the temporary call center is now closed, leave a message and you will receive a return call, generally within two business days.

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