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

Last updated Apr. 06, 2017 - 11:31 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

Please join us for a neighborhood meeting from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at the Five Points Center for Active Adults at 2000 Noble Road. Staff has completed the built environmental characteristics analysis and will present their findings at the meeting.

City Council directed Planning staff to complete an analysis of the particular built characteristics requested by the North Hills residents: lot size, width, front yard setbacks, and building height. View a large version of the North Hills NCOD study area map.


  • 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 presents results of the analysis at a neighborhood meeting (April 2017)
  • Planning staff presents the analysis and a summary of the neighborhood meeting 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) (to be scheduled)
  • 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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