Potential Neighborhood Conservation Overlay District (NCOD) for the North Ridge West

Last updated Jul. 12, 2018 - 10:19 am
North Ridge West Study Area Map

In early April, residents of the North Ridge West neighborhood in Northwest 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, lot width, setbacks, building height, and vehicular surface area.

NCODs generally apply more restrictive standards than base zoning districts. More information about NCDODs and other overlay tools used to preserve neighborhood character is available on the Character Preservation Overlay Districts page.

Status Updates

On June 5, 2018, 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.

The Planning staff has completed the built environmental characteristics report and its supporting data requested by the North Ridge West residents including lot size, width, setbacks, building height and distance between dwellings.

On May 16, 2018 Staff hosted a neighborhood meeting to present the findings of the North Ridge West NCOD study, and discuss the process for a potential rezoning for the creation of an NCOD. The neighborhood meeting is a pre-submittal requirement of the rezoning process. The meeting consisted of a presentation about the study findings, the text change and rezoning processes, followed by a question and answer period. A summary of discussion topics has been prepared and will be submitted with the rezoning application.


  • Citizens submit a petition to City Council requesting consideration for an analysis of neighborhood built environmental characteristics and regulations (April 3, 2018)
  • City Council directs staff to complete the built environmental characteristics and regulations analysis (April 3, 2018)
  • Planning staff present results of the analysis at a neighborhood meeting (May 16, 2018)
  • 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) (June 5, 2018)
  • The 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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