NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC – The New Hanover County Planning and Land Use Department has published the first draft phase of the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), and it can be viewed on the UDO project website.
This draft document, developed by Planning staff and a consultant team, was provided to the New Hanover County Planning Board at its meeting on April 5. The board, along with the public, will have the opportunity to review the draft and provide feedback during the entire UDO process.
The UDO is being completed in three draft phases that will take place over the next year. The draft that is now available for review is the first phase, focusing on zoning districts, permitted uses, and definitions; the second phase will focus on site development regulations and general standards like parking, signs, landscaping, and setbacks; and the third phase will focus on administrative provisions and procedures.
“The county’s existing zoning codes are outdated and don’t allow us to accomplish the development patterns that are outlined in the county’s Comprehensive Plan,” said Planning Director Wayne Clark. “It’s important that we have modern regulatory tools, zoning districts, and building standards that are easy to understand and will help guide sustainable development and growth. The UDO process will help us accomplish that.”
Public input on the initial draft is welcome and can be made on the UDO website and at a public workshop being held on Tuesday, May 1, 3-4:30 p.m. This workshop, held by the Planning Board, will take place in New Hanover County Government Center’s training room B, located at 230 Government Center Drive in Wilmington.
Additional public workshops will take place during the UDO process, and the public will be notified as they are scheduled. Sign up for UDO updates here.